Microsoft will conduct a usability study at the 2016 ACB Conference and Convention to evaluate and enhance the accessibility of their Office 365 products (Word, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, Skype, OneNote etc.). Participate in this session to help Microsoft better understand your needs and refine these productivity experiences to work seamlessly with assistive technologies.
A very big thank-you to Microsoft for their Emerald sponsorship at the 2016 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention.
When - Tuesday, July 5, 2:45 to 5:30 PM
Below are the links to the available formats for downloading.
The MS Word .doc format includes text to all the ads. The .pdf format includes the color photo ads.
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MS Word large print .doc 2016 Conference and Convention Program
Adopted by the ACB Board of Directors, May 2009
Michael Garrett, Chair, Missouri City, TX
Mike Godino, Malverne, NY
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
David Trott, Talladega, AL
by Carla Ruschival
We're making plans. Excitement is building. The 2011 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind is happening in Reno, Nevada, July 8-16. Plan now to be there to celebrate ACB's 50th birthday -- our golden past, our diamond future.
It is the end of January as I write this article. Already the national office and I are receiving lots of conference-related calls. Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions from individuals, agencies and others.
Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits. Relief areas are open from noon on Thursday, July 7 until noon on Sunday, July 17. ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to assist you to locate the areas.
It is your responsibility to relieve your dog at regular intervals. You are expected to pick up after your dog; trash receptacles are located near relief areas for your convenience.
Google will sponsor four complimentary sessions in Minneapolis during the 2016 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention.
- Chrome OS Accessibility - Learn about the accessibility features built into every Chromebook and get an early look at the new ChromeVox screen reader.
When - Wednesday, July 6, 4:15 to 5:30 PM
- Google Apps Accessibility - Learn more about the latest accessibility improvements to Google Apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive, Calendar, and more.
When - Wednesday, July 6, 5:45 to 7:00 PM
Many, many thanks to our 2016 corporate sponsors. Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Look for the 2016 corporate sponsors on www.acb.org, in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week. Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.
American Council of the Blind
55th Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: Land of 10,000 Dreams
Sunday, July 3: Nicollet Ballroom
6:30 PM: Entertainment: Bruce Cottrell, Burnsville, MN
7:00 PM: Call to Order: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
Invocation: Father John Sheehan, Executive Director, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY
Presentation of Colors: Color Guard for the University of Minnesota, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp (NROTC), Minneapolis, MN
Eric Bridges, Executive Director
Anthony Stephens, Director of External Relations & Policy
Kelly Gasque, Executive Assistant
Sharon Lovering, Editor, ACB Braille Forum
Tom Tobin, Director of Development
by Carla Ruschival
Come to Reno, Nev., and celebrate gold at the 50th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.
The twin-towered 29-story John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort Casino is a family-owned hotel filled with friendly staff, lots of restaurants, comfortable meeting and sleeping rooms, indoor swimming pool and fitness center, and other amenities.
Hotel information such as lists of telephone numbers, hotel description, and room service menus will be available from the ACB/NIB Information Desk in braille, large print and electronic formats.
To get you started, here is an outline of the public areas:
J.J. Meddaugh, President of A T Guys, will hold two sessions at the 2016 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention.
- Product Showcase - Learn about the latest affordable gadgets and accessories from the A T Guys. From the latest mobile accessories for your iPhone or Android device to speakers, headsets, and braille displays, A T Guys probably has something for you. Receive an exclusive discount available to event attendees.
When - Thursday, July 7, 5:45 to 7:00 PM
I want to welcome everyone to the 55th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am looking forward to presiding over my third convention as president of ACB, and to speak with so many members and guests from across the country and, in fact, from around the world.
ACB Board of Directors
Saturday, July 2:
9:00 AM: Pre-convention Board Meeting – Minnehaha
Board of Publications, Chair: Denise Colley
Sunday, July 3:
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: BOP Meeting, Minnehaha
Tuesday, July 5:
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: BOP Candidate Forum, Mirage
Hear from and ask questions of this year’s candidates.
Thursday, July 7:
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: BOP Editors’ Workshop, Greenway BCD
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Chair: John Huffman
Lane Waters, Controller
Nancy Becker, Chief Accountant
Lori Sarff, Human Resources and Administration
Dee Theien, Reception/Administration
by Carla Ruschival
Fifty years ago, in 1961, 29 people met in a hotel in Kansas City, Mo., and the American Council of the Blind was born. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like Durward McDaniel and countless others, and despite the efforts of those who hoped ACB would succumb to a quick and untimely death, the fledgling organization spread its wings and became the proud leader and beacon of democracy we know today.