ACB Reports

First and Second Sunday of each month at 5:30pm, as available

ACB Radio, a project of the American Council of the Blind, is a monthly newsmagazine presenting up-to-date and relevant information worldwide for persons who are blind or who have low vision.  Mike Duke, Coordinator of the Radio Reading Service of Mississippi hosts the program.  ACB Radio airs on WXXI Reachout Radio on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., usually on the first and second Sunday of the month, as it is available.  Rhe audio of the program will also be posted on this page each month.

ACB Radio also provides programming produced by blind programmers, and a platform on which blind musicians and artists express their talents.  Check out the list of offerings and podcasts here.

Now if you are away from your computer or if you are in a place where cell phone coverage is sparse you can still listen to ACB Radio!

Yes, you can listen to ACB Radio with an ordinary telephone by calling 605-475-8130.

Ways to Connect

Blind Foundation

 Sun 10/7 & 10/14 at 5:30 p.m.

ACB Reports for October is jam-packed with information and updates from the American Council of the Blind.

This month we learn about the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we'll hear a description of the new ACB Website.

Washington Post

Sun 8/5 or 8/12 at 5:30 p.m.

Tune in as Tony Stevens invites us to board the ACB Gateway to Success, live from the 57th Annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind.  Third term President Kim Charlson welcomes all aboard.

American Printing House for the Blind

While many ACB listeners are attending the 2018 ACB Convention & Conference in St. Louis, the JULY ACB Reports presents one final feature from the 2017 Convention.  This month we'll hear about the life and career of Madelyn Buzzard who has been serving as a Talking Book narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind for 30 years.


This month we'll hear from Kirk Adams, President & CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, and Dr. Craig Meador, President of the American Printing House for the Blind.  Kirk Adams talks about strategic destinations and directions for AFB and Dr. Meador shares update on when The Orbit Reader will be available. 

ACB Reports: April 2018, 04/08/18

Apr 4, 2018

In this episode of ACB Reports, learn about the important modern role of residential schools for the blind.  We'll also hear about Ski for Light International:  40 years and going strong!  

Each year Ski for Light, Inc. conducts a week-long International Week that attracts upwards of 250 participants and guides. During the Ski for Light week each visually-impaired skier is paired for the entire week with an experienced, sighted, cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and guide.

Sunny Skyz

In this episode of ACB Reports you'll meet a set of blind teenage triplets and their adoptive father.  You'll also hear about a new phone app that assisted many people during the recent Affiliate President's and Legislative seminar.  Click on title to listen and learn more.

ACB Reports - February 2018

Feb 5, 2018

ACB President Kim Charleson and the Director of Government Relations Tony Stevens discuss the upcoming Affiliate Presidents meeting and Legislative Seminar.

ACB Reports - January 2018

Jan 2, 2018

Every year at the ACB Annual Conference there is a special guest speaker.  In 2017 that guest speaker was United  National Ambassador Dr. W. Aubrey Webson.  He greeted attendees with the warmth of renewed friends.

Dr. Aubrey Webson is the Ambassador to the United Nations for the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly Dr. Webson was an Institutional Development Consultant for the Perkins School for the Blind since 1992, specializing in management and leadership training and policy formulation. Prior to that, Dr. Webson was with Sight Savers International and Helen Keller International, where he advised the HKI African and Caribbean development programs. From 1981-1987 he was the Chief Executive of the Caribbean Council for the Blind.  Learn more.

ACB Reports - Dec 2017

Dec 4, 2017
iTunes - Apple

It's the holiday version of ACB Report this month, with an update from the National Library Service and some important announcements from ACB about the Braille Forum, the annual mid-year and legislative update meeting of the ACB and more.  Join host Mike Duke for this holiday episode.

Global Accessibility News

This month's ACB Reports discusses an update from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on audio description, and reports on two resolutions passed by the ACB relating to that update.  Here are those resolutions:

Sunday, Oct 1 or Oct 8 at 5:30 p.m. on your Reachout Radio receiver or online at

Important legislation is pending in Congress and the ACB Board of Publications presents awards at the Annual Conference.

Learn more about the ACB Board of Publications.

Where were you on Monday, August 21st?

Music of the United States experienced the rare coast to coast experience of the total solar eclipse from Oregon toe South Carolina.  ACB's Audio Description Project teamed up with the Tennessee School for the Blind and ACB Radio to broadcast an audio description of the eclipse as it passed through Nashville, TN.  Listen in to hear the description and information on how different cultures relate to an eclipse.

This month's episode is devoted to ACB President Kim Charlson's report to those gathered in Sparks, NV for the 56th Annual Convention of the ACB.  Kim, who was elected in 2013 as the first female President of ACB, started her remarks by reading a welcome letter from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Find A Grave

This month on ACB Reports, we'll hear an encore program from September 2006.  We'll hear the survival story of Mike Hingson and his guidedog Roselle.  Michael and his guide dog Roselle made international headlines after escaping from the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center during the September 11th attack.

Read more of his story and how his upbringing helped him survive.

Airs 6/4 and 6/11 at 5:30 p.m.

This month you'll hear an overview of the 56th Annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind, which takes place June 30 through July 7 in Sparks, Nevada.

Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people from around the U.S. and abroad are expected to attend this conference. Some will be students or teachers, some professionals, others looking for work or for information on adaptive technology.  The conference will be full of informational sessions as well as exhibitors of products and services.

American Council of the Blind

This month we'll get a legislative update from Washington DC from Tony Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs of the American Council of the Blind.

Learn more about ACB and find out about the 2017  56th ACB conference and convention "ACB Sparks Success" which will take place Friday, June 30, 2017 - Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

Fasten your seatbelts because we're going to hear updates on Flying the Accessible Skies!

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, including its Aviation Consumer Protection Division, monitors compliance with and investigates violations of the Department of Transportation’s (Department) aviation economic, consumer protection, and civil rights requirements.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (AEP) and Office of Transportation Policy have developed informative modular programs that can be used to assist individuals with disabilities and to supplement the training and education of airline employees and contractors.

Tune into this month's ACB Reports to hear from the Assistant General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation as she shares updates in the rules.

Tune in Sunday 3/6 or 3/12 at 5:30 p.m. or listen at the link below.

This month we'll get an update from the FCC on accessibility and video description issues from an attorney in the Disability Rights Office of the FCC, who recently spoke at the ACB Legislative Seminar.

February ACB Reports, 02/05/17

Feb 2, 2017
American Council of the Blind

Advocates for the blind community convene in Washington, DC with an agenda for independence and opportunities for people with vision loss.  Also, learn about the most recent update for ACBLink, a iPhone app to keep you up-to-date on ACB news. With ACB Link, you can: Access valuable resources offered by the American Council of the Blind, get push notifications designed to keep you in the know about late-breaking news items of value to ACB members and friends and much more.

January 2017 ACB Reports

Jan 4, 2017
American Council of the Blind

Learn about the World Blind Union from Charles Mossop, Regional President for the North American/Caribbean Region

December 2016 ACB Reports

Dec 12, 2016
American Council of the Blind

This month, learn about the ACB Scholarship program and hear ACB President Kim Charlson talk about the important accomplishments of ACB this year.

November 2016 ACB Reports

Dec 5, 2016

This month is a time of Presidential transition.  Tony Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs at the American Council of the Blind explains the process.

October 2016 ACB Reports

Oct 6, 2016

Hear how the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 is being implemented.

September ACB Reports

Oct 6, 2016

An update from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

August 2016 ACB Reports

Oct 6, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 Convention and Conference of the American Council of the Blind.

July 2016 ACB Reports

Oct 6, 2016

Meet Talking Book narrator Joe Wilson and find out why ACB has been in the news lately.