Continuing Education Opportunities Abound at ACB Convention

by Carla Ruschival

The American Council of the Blind invites rehabilitation teachers and counselors, teachers of the visually impaired, low vision therapists, orientation and mobility instructors, and others to earn continuing education units at ACB’s 58th annual conference and convention, to be held July 5 - 12 in Rochester, N.Y.

The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) has designated the American Council of the Blind as an RPPLE Category 1 provider of continuing education opportunities in the field of blindness and visual impairment. CEUs will be available at the 2019 ACB convention for a wide range of programs, workshops, seminars, and other events presented by ACB and its committees, special-interest affiliates, and representatives of government agencies and private industry. Subjects may include transition, employment, technology, health issues, orientation and mobility, self-advocacy, braille, low-vision issues, daily living skills, social skills and much more. Programs offering continuing education units will begin on Saturday, July 6 and continue through Wednesday, July 10.

Details on programs and workshops offering CEUs are posted on the continuing education email list as soon as they are confirmed. Join the list by sending a blank email to

Pre-registration for the conference and convention opens in mid-May, and will include the ability to register for continuing education units. You may also register for them at the convention.

Individuals registering for continuing education opportunities have several responsibilities. First, you must arrive at each session on time, and you must stay for the complete session. A unique code will be announced at the beginning of each session, and another unique code will be announced at the end of each session. You must make note of these codes, as they cannot be obtained after the session is over.

Following the convention, you are responsible for completing a form that will have been emailed to you prior to the convention; you must enter the codes from your CE sessions on this form. You must also complete an evaluation form for each session. Return all forms to ACB no later than Aug. 15, 2019.

Upon receipt of your completed forms, ACB will issue your CE certificate showing the number of credits earned with ACB. You are responsible for submitting your certificate to the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

For more information, contact Carla Ruschival, CE Chair, by phone at 1-877-630-7190 or by email at