My First ACB Leadership Seminar

by Sheila Young

(Editor’s Note: Sheila Young is president of the Florida Council of the Blind.)


This was my first year to attend the trip to the ACB legislative seminar in Washington, D.C.  Thanks to FCB for the opportunity to participate in this event. It is an educational and inspiring trip, and I learned more than I can remember!

It is always so interesting to sit through these meetings, and so invigorating to listen to the intelligence that is shared from so many of our amazing members. After walking on Capitol Hill, it was so reassuring to see how the legislative aides really appeared to be interested in listening to our imperatives, and willing to share them with their leaders.

My wish is that everyone would get more involved at the state and national levels, as I now feel it is the real way to share our needs and concerns with them. If we don’t do it, who will?

Big thanks to Debbie Grubb for all of the hard work she puts forth to arrange all of our appointments. Special thanks to my sister, Patti Cordell, who made the trip with me after having knee surgery 2 weeks ago. She was a tremendous help!

Again, thank you to FCB, ACB, and all that went to represent all of us!