Dots and Dashes 11/30/2018

“Dots and Dashes” is a short newsletter featuring a variety of topics and ACB stories. This issue features a job announcement, holiday shopping information, a fascinating panel on artificial intelligence and accessibility, an update on the ACB Holiday Auction, and more.


ACB Seeks Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is seeking a Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs to work in its national office in Alexandria, Va. For the job description and other details, visit


AI for Accessibility

People with disabilities have long relied on technology to provide improved access, and creative innovations that regularly advance personal independence. Artificial intelligence (AI) is an exciting tool that can apply machine learning to complex accessibility challenges, automating functions that currently require human intervention. What can AI do for accessibility, and what's next? Join ACB and Verizon for a conversation featuring creative industry leaders using AI to address pervasive accessibility challenges.

View it on Facebook at


ACB Holiday Auction Coming Up Soon 

Excitement fills the air; everyone is ready to bid and buy and have fun with the ACB Radio Holiday Auction.  It's coming up on Sunday, December 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight Eastern Time (4 to 9 p.m. Pacific), or until all items are sold.

You can pre-register as a bidder for the ACB Radio Holiday Auction.

This means that you won't have to wait to place your first bid the night of the auction while we obtain your name, address, phone number and email address.

The auction pre-registration line is open through close of business today.  Call (877) 630-7190 to pre-register by phone, or pre-register by email by sending your name, phone number, email address, and the state where you live to  If your call goes to voicemail, please leave the requested information after the tone; be sure to speak clearly and include a phone number where you can be reached if necessary.


Free Holiday Shopping with Aira!

We’re excited to announce a special shopping opportunity exclusively for ACB members who are Aira Explorers. Aira is offering ACB members 120 minutes of free Aira service for any tasks related to shopping, valid November 23 through December 25, 2018.

How can I take advantage of this offer?

  1. Be both an ACB member and an Aira Explorer.
  2. Connect with an Aira agent and ask them to add “ACB Member” to your profile.
  3. Go shopping with Aira! Make sure you tell the agent that you’re an ACB Member and that you’re using the ACB Shopping Promotion.

ACB affiliates should reach out to their members to explain how the offer works, and to ensure members know to update their Aira profiles to reflect their ACB membership.

Get ready to make the most of your shopping this holiday season with Aira! Remember, as an ACB Member you’re getting 120 minutes of free Aira service, valid from Black Friday through to Christmas. Just make sure an Aira agent adds “ACB Member” to your profile!

P.S. – Aira is free to use in any Walgreens store.


Thanksgiving Blessings 

The November 20th episode of the ACB Advocacy Update is now available for download at Join Claire Stanley and Tony Stephens as they discuss the many things blind Americans have to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving season.


Thank a Veteran

In the November 13th episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Tony Stephens reflect on the sacrifices and contributions our veterans have made over the years, and the impact it has made for Americans who are blind and visually impaired. You may download it at

Remember to subscribe via your favorite podcast app. Comments and questions may be directed to


A Note from Your Editor

If you received the November large-print edition and noticed that the pages were all out of order, you’re not alone. There was a problem in the printing process that caused this major error. United Book Press/Ironmark has reprinted the issue and sent it out. You should have your copies in hand shortly.