Important Tour Information: Please read the following information completely. It will answer many of your tour-related questions and will help you have a more enjoyable tour experience.
The organization’s statement is a direct response to the growing epidemic of members of the public passing their pets off as service animals, impeding on the civil rights of those who are blind and rely on legitimate service animals to gain access to public venues.
For Immediate Release
The Sheraton has 3 room towers; north, center and south. Convention attendees will be housed in all three towers depending on room type.
Suites holding events will be located in the center or north towers.
Room numbers in each tower end in different numbers.
Chair: Oral Miller
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10
7:00 AM – 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
Wake up with gentle stretching (seated in chairs) & low cardio along with Fitness & Health Q&A, a great way to start your day! Limited seating; hosted by two athletes, Victor is sighted and Anthony is blind.
American Council of the Blind
54th Annual Conference and Convention
Sheraton Dallas, Dallas TX
July 3 — 11, 2015
Sponsored by Verizon
Registration is located in Austin Ballroom 3 on the second floor of the Sheraton. Hours are:
You will be ready for a break and a little fun after all those workshops, seminars and business meetings. Below are some activities and events that take place at the hotel. For more fun ideas, see 2015 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.
Photo of tour attendee in bright yellow race car at the Richard Petty Experience
Photo of tour attendees in front of Ethel M Chocolates
The Communication Center is located in Atrium on the second floor of the Sheraton and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 4 through Thursday, July 9. This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.
Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind
The 2015 ACB / NIB Exhibit Hall is filled with everything from jewelry to information resources to the latest in appliances and technologies designed especially for people who are blind and visually impaired. Lone Star Ballroom C.
2015 ACB / NIB Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:
Many, many thanks to our 2015 corporate sponsors. Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Sponsored by AT&T.
Café Coupon Sponsors:
- Sunday, July 5, HIMS, Inc.
- Monday, July 6, Maxi-Aids
Stop by the ACB Convention Café to grab a quick cup of coffee, pastry, sandwich, salad or snack as you rush from one meeting to another or as you head out on a tour. Meet at the Café to visit with friends or just rest a while between activities. Located outside of the Lone Star Ballroom, hours and specials to be announced in the newspaper.
Visit these exciting tables full of jewelry, books, CDs, drawing tickets, and gift items. ACB Marketplace is located outside Lone Star Ballroom. It is open Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 AM.
Marketplace tables are available to individuals, chapters and affiliates, MLM reps, ACB committees and others. It's a low-cost way to share your products or raise money for your chapter or affiliate. For more information, and to find out if any spaces are available, contact Michael Smitherman at (601) 331-7740 or in the Exhibit Hall.
Where the Stars Shine Bright
You can show your support for ACB in several ways:
Convention Sponsorships: Stop by ACB / Verizon Registration in Austin Ballroom 3 and become an individual or corporate ACB Convention Sponsor. Individual sponsorships are bronze ($25), silver ($50), gold ($100), platinum ($250), and titanium ($500); sponsors receive special ribbons to wear on their convention badges, and are recognized both in general session and in the newspaper.
President: Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA
First Vice President: Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
Second Vice President: Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA
Secretary: Ray Campbell, Glen Ellyn, IL
Treasurer: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Immediate Past President: Mitch Pomerantz, Pasadena, CA
Where the Stars Shine Bright
Tuesday, July 7
5:45 PM: California Caucus, City View 6
5:45 PM: Four Corners Caucus, (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah), State Room 1
Wednesday, July 8
2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus, San Antonio Ballroom A
4:15 PM: Midsouth Caucus, City View 7
5:45 PM: New England, Maryland, Florida Caucus, City View 8
5:45 PM: Midwest Caucus, City View 7
Thursday, July 9
7:00 AM: Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only), City View 7
5:45 PM: Missouri Caucus, City View 6
Denise Colley, Chair, Lacey, WA
Ron Brooks, Phoenix, AZ
Tom Mitchell, Salt Lake City, UT
Doug Powell, Falls Church, VA
Judy Wilkinson, San Leandro, CA
Below are the links to the available formats for downloading.
The text to all the ads is in the MS Word .doc format; the color photo ads are in the .pdf format.