Durward K. McDaniel personified the traditions of leadership, commitment and involvement as the fledgling American Council of the Blind evolved into a national advocate for the blind and visually impaired. In the mid-1990s, Durward's legacy was manifested in the Durward K. McDaniel First-Timers Program, providing opportunities for ACB members to become involved at the national level. At least two individuals were to be selected annually to attend the national conference and convention as guests of ACB and the DKM committee.
Eligible applicants must meet four criteria: (1) age 18 or older; (2) active member in good standing of ACB or one of its affiliates; (3) blind or visually impaired; and (4) never attended a previous ACB national conference and convention. Each applicant is required to submit a narrative to the DKM committee as well as a letter of support from the president of the applicant's ACB affiliate.
The application period opens in January 2013 and closes April 1, 2013. The official call for applications will appear in the January issue of "The Braille Forum." Questions should be directed to DKM chair Allen Casey at (336) 222-0201 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.