by Allen Casey
For more than 20 years, hundreds of ACB members have applied for the Durward K. McDaniel First-Timers Award. Forty-four applicants from 24 state and special-interest affiliates were selected as DKM First-Timers and attended the national conference and convention as guests of ACB and the DKM committee.
The DKM First-Timers program encourages leadership growth by offering ACB members who have never attended a national convention the opportunity to share a unique experience, meet and interact with ACB leaders and members and gain a better understanding of their ability to contribute to ACB and their respective affiliates.
Eligible applicants must meet each of the following qualifications: 18 years of age or older; blind or visually impaired; member in good standing of ACB; and never attended a previous national convention. Eligible applicants must submit two letters — a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from the president of their state or special-interest affiliate. Additional application details will appear in subsequent issues of “The ACB Braille Forum.”
Applications may be submitted after Jan. 1, 2017, and must be received in the ACB national office no later than April 3, 2017. Questions should be directed to DKM chair Allen Casey, [email protected].