President: Judy Jackson
Program Chair: Ralph Smitherman
Registration: $10, $12
Sunday, July 10 - Carson
3:30pm BRL Board Meeting
3:30pm BRL Board Meeting
7:15pm Give Back Through Mentoring
Conducted by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Rick Kuhlmey, Co-Chair, Las Vegas, NV
Carol Ewing-Ragsdale, Co-Chair, Reno, NV
Janelle Grissom, Reno, NV
Kim Lattin, Reno, NV
Julia Ratti, Sparks, NV
Aaron Ross, Gardnerville, NV
4:15pm Challenging Times Create Advocacy Opportunities - $4, $6
Opening remarks and introductions - Ray Campbell, Chair, Glen Ellyn, IL
4:25pm Cost Comparisons
Dr. Dean Stenehjem, Superintendent, Washington State School for the Blind, compares cost per pupil at a school for the blind vs. public school. He also discusses several innovative programs implemented by his school.
3:00pm CCLVI Board Meeting
6:00pm CCLVI Nominating Committee Meeting
9:00am Welcome and Introductions
Richard Rueda, CCLVI President, Union City, CA
Many tech-related programs and presentations are also found in special-interest group agendas. Google Focus Group are scheduled for Thursday; see the newspaper for details.
9:00am GW Micro Window-Eyes Training - $10, $10
Explore WE 7.5 with hundreds of apps; experience WE with Office 2010, Windows 7, the Internet and IE 9. See the first-ever talking CCTV's.
from the Mesquite News by Kenny Green
Blind People Take in the Mesquite Championship Rodeo
An evening filled with a delicious dinner, horse racing, and even poker at Canterbury Park. Friday, July 1, at the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN.
Begin the evening with a dinner buffet, including crab legs, shrimp scampi, seafood boil, chef's choice of fish, peel and eat shrimp and Chef carved New York strip loin with chef's choice of accompaniments. There's also assorted greens, dressings, salad toppings, assorted fresh salads and fruit. Fresh baked rolls and desserts.
The BeSpecular app is landing in the USA the first week of July and will be previewed at the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN!
BeSpecular is an iOS and Android app that connects you to sighted volunteers around the world.
What makes BeSpecular different from the others? Come to their free July 4 tech session and find out! They'll assist you with downloads and help you get the most out of the app.
Sponsored by Microsoft
Registration is located in Lakeshore Ballroom B on the first floor of the Hyatt.
NEW THIS YEAR! – Registration will not be open Thursday night as in years past. Pre-registration packets can be picked up anytime Registration is open, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM are reserved exclusively for pre-registration pickup ONLY. Onsite registration will only be done from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on these three days. This is an attempt to better manage the lines during the first days of the convention.
Sponsored by Buell Fund
Chair: Oral Miller
Monday, July 4, 6th Floor Spin Room
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Yogalates with Leslie Spoone. Stay fit with a yoga and Pilates workout. Open to all levels of experience. Presenter: Leslie Spoone, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer, Orlando, FL. Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.
Thursday, July 7, 6th Floor Spin Room
Dr. Mae Davidow
James “Jim” Olsen
Dr. Rose Resnick
Dr. Robert T. McLean
6:30pm Pre-convention entertainment - Adrienne Lattin, Flute, Reno, NV
The 56th ACB conference and convention will take place
Friday, June 30, 2017 - Friday, July 7, 2017
Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada
The early bird catches the worm at the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN!
Fish on Lake Minnetonka, one of Minnesota's largest and most famous lakes, in a 4-person boat with an experienced fishing guide. There will be fishing contests with prizes and bragging rights.
Upon your arrival enjoy pastries and coffee; a box lunch will be provided for munching as you fish.
Space is limited in the boats so guide dogs are not recommended. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Join speaker and entertainer Terry Kelly at the banquet at the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN.
What is the power and poison of affirmations?
What is a dream adjustment; why is it important, and how do we make one?
Would you like to know the cure for one of the most infectious diseases? What is your why, and how do you discover it? Are you blind in your mind? Would you like to know the cure?
The Marcia Nigro Dresser Communication Center is located in Lakeshore C on the first floor of the Hyatt and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 2 through Thursday, July 7. This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.
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 2016 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.
Saturday, July 2
10:15 AM – 5:30 PM USS Moontype $40 ($42)
Learn about the care and feeding of marine animals on this behind-the-scenes aquarium tour. Enjoy the touch pools. Tour 2.5 hours. Explore the mall afterwards.