ACB Scholarship Program Application Period is Now Open!
The 2022 ACB Scholarship application is now live. The application period will be open from Nov 1st, 2021 through February 14th, 2022. To find out more please join the Scholarship Launch Information Event which will take place on Monday, November 8 at 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 3pm HT. Whether you’ve applied previously or are considering applying, join the ACB Scholarship Committee for an overview of the application process and have your questions answered. If you’re a previous scholarship winner, we’d love you to be on-hand to share what’s worked for you as well. For information on how to attend this call, join our community events list by sending an email to [email protected].
Save the Date for New Year’s Eve!
Our second annual Community-Athon will take place December 31, 2021 and we want you to be with us. Here’s a way to celebrate all we’ve done in 2021 as part of our community. This twelve hour event will include: a focus on different events each hour, entertainment, opportunity to give back to ACB, door prizes, fun, fun, and more fun. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Ring in 2022 with your friends in our ACB community! Stay updated on the plans for this big event as they unfold: https://acb.org/2021-community-athon.
Advocacy Trick or Treat
On last week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha provided another round of advocacy updates for our members and listeners. Topics they covered included: the Congressional budget reconciliation process; the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on the ADA; ACB advocacy issues in the news; the Accessible Pedestrian Signal lawsuit in New York; Social Security, and others. Listen by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/v7rb45p5.
The resolutions introduced by our members and passed by the ACB Board of Directors are now available on the ACB website at https://acb.org/2021-resolutions.
Survey: Air Travel Experience of Passengers with Disabilities
As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the air Carrier Access Act, ACB and our partners request your personal experiences with air travel as passengers with disabilities. Please take an opportunity to complete this brief survey and feel free to share the survey with your affiliates and friends. The survey will remain open through Nov. 30, and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TYLNGQK.
ACB in the News: WIRED Article
ACB’s Eric & Rebecca Bridges shared how they had to pivot to provide access to their son’s education. Read WIRED’s piece: how the internet was supposed to make the dream a reality, to connect everyone. Full article at: https://lnkd.in/gJseGMyE.
Accessible Currency Petition
Please consider adding your name to this petition by Women On 20s to include your voice on the important issue of accessible currency: https://www.womenon20s.org/currency_petition.
ACB Voices November Blog Submissions
November is Diabetic Awareness Month as well as when ACB’s inaugural Audio Description Awards Gala (November 18th) takes place. ACB’s Board of Publications and Public Awareness Committee would like to highlight these significant events through our ACB Voices blog. We are calling for our members and friends to submit blog entries about what audio description means to you, or how your life has been affected by diabetes. Please email [email protected] to submit your blog entry to the ACB Voices blog.
Talking About Alt Text
On the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha met with ACB’s Multimedia Design Specialist Kelly Gasque and Nolan Trowe from Everyday Disabled to talk about alt text. They discuss what alt text is, why it’s important, and a potential project with ACB and Nolan about alt text. Listen by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/53upds9z. If you’d have ideas or suggestions for this project, email us at [email protected].
Americans With Disabilities Less Likely Than Those Without to Own Some Digital Devices
More than 40 million people in the United States have a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But even as majorities of these Americans report having certain technologies, the digital divide between those who have a disability and those who do not remains for some devices. Learn more by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/yj82h4va.
Audio Description: If Your Eyes Could Speak
On Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT, join Stanford University for a webinar, Audio Description: If Your Eyes Could Speak. Speakers include Joel Snyder, President of Audio Description Associates and Senior Consultant for ACB’s Audio Description Project (ADP); Jo Lynn Bailey-Page, Audio Description Project Coordinator for ACB; and Susan Glass, Chair of the ADP BADIE subcommittee. For details on how to join this webinar, visit: https://events.stanford.edu/events/930/93067.
Forward for Good
Verizon and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) are partnering again to launch the Verizon Forward for Good Challenge. The Challenge supports a diverse community of student innovators in leveraging leading-edge technology such as 5G, to address pressing social issues in the U.S. in education, climate and environment, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. This initiative is part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon's responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social advancement. Finalist teams will receive access to intensive summer entrepreneurship training with accelerator partner VentureWell, seed funding, and living stipends to bring their solutions to life. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. institution as well as CGI U alumni who were previously or are currently enrolled in a U.S. institution are encouraged to apply. Interested in applying? Learn more about the Challenge and register for information sessions to help prepare your application at: www.cgiu.org/verizonchallenge.
Sunday Edition Call for Announcements
Sunday Edition strives to bring news, informative conversation, and fun to its audience. Anthony Corona, host of Sunday Edition, has been featuring announcements during the show for individuals, committees and affiliates that would like to highlight their shows, programming and/or events. If you have an announcement you would like him to share, please send an email to [email protected] the Saturday before when you would like your announcement to air.