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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

Did you know that through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable?  This month, get an update from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, and learn more about the American Foundation for the Blind. Listen to learn more.

This month on ACB Reports, learn about ACB membership services, and how activities that began during the Coronavirus shutdown are increasing participation in the organization.  We'll hear from ACB Member Services Coordinator Cindy Hollis, from the annual ACB Conference and Convention, about the importance of engaing with others, especially during this time of pandemic isolation.

Most of us have heard of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, but many people know very little about it.  In other news:  just exactly what is IRPS?  Find out about FFB and the Information, Referral and Peer Support (IRPS) program from the ACB Virtual Conference and Convention on this edition of ACB Reports for September, 2020.

Listen here anytime, or on air Sundays at 5:30p.

This month on ACB Reports, ACB president Dan Spoone opens the 59th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind with his report to the organization.

ACB Reports for July 2020, Working from Home

Jul 3, 2020

This month, ACB Reports takes a look at working from home; before the Coronavirus, and because of it.  Mike Duke is your host.

This month we'll hear from Maggie Hart from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and attorney Jim Beerman of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP who advocated in conjunction with the Mountain State Council of the Blind in West Virginia and the American Council of the Blind to ensure equal access to absentee voting for people with disabilities.

ACB: A Path to the Future, July 3-10, 2020

Due to the ever-changing restrictions involving the Coronavirus and The American Council of the Blind’s concern for everyone's health and safety, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Conference and Convention in Schaumburg, IL.  But fear not, you can register to attend virtually, beginning May 21st (ACB members), or May 28th (non-members). Registration closes June 21st.

ACB Reports for May 2020

May 5, 2020

This month we'll hear information about the 2020 virtual conference and convention of the ACB.  We'll also hear some important economic recovery information and what ACB and other disability organizations are saying to congress about accessible absentee voting.  Mike Duke reports from the at home "closet studio."

ACB member Mike Duke, host of ACB Reports shares this information during this pandemic. Although the physical conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind has been canceled, plans are being made to hold a virtual conference over the same week. Details, along with a visit to the show archives this month on ACB Reports.

The 21st century Communication and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is 10 years old.  Tune in to find out how this law is working for people who are blind or visually impaired.

ACB Reports for January 2020, 01/05/20

Jan 3, 2020

From last summer's national conference and convention, a talk by World Blind Union president Fred Schroeder about the organization's priorities and activities; information about the Audio Description Project.

The American Council of the Blind has a great opportunity for students who are legally blind to earn a scholarship, whether you are going to a technical college, an entering freshman, undergraduate or a graduate student.

Over $55,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year.

To be eligible, you need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be involved in your school/local community.

Karen Keninger, director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress, discussed accomplishments, goals and a name change for the organization at the recent meeting of ACB. Tune in for this and information about scholarships for students with vision loss.

At the 2019 ACB Conference and Convention in Rochester, NY, Will Schell of the Disability Rights office of the FCC provided an update on accessible electronic devices, as they apply to the areas of oversight by the FCC.  Many know that the FCC oversees and regulates the radio and television industry, as well as cable, cellular and telephone industries.  Consumer accessibility issues within these industries were reported on, as well as updates to the Secondary Audio programming rules and regulations as they apply to audio description and emergency alert systems.

This month, host and ACB member Mike Duke shares more content from the ACB Conference and Convention.  We'll hear an announcement by Envision America about accessible presecriptions being offered by over 1100 Walmart and SAMS Club locations.  ACB also celebrates the 50th anniversary of BITS (Blind Information Technology Specialists) and we'll learn about ACB being represented on a new federal advisory committee. 

ACB Reports for September, 09/01/19

Sep 2, 2019

This month we celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International and meet Hannah Fairbairn, the author of a new book, When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery.

2019 National Conference & Convention Program: Volume 1 | American ...

At the Rochester Conference and Convention of the ACB, President Kim Charlson gave her final Presidential address, new officers and board members were elected, and changes in ACB Radio were announced.  Tune in to find out how you can listen to ACB Radio and ACB Mainstream on your Amazon Alexa personal assistant device.

Real Ways to Earn

One of the most popular events at the annual convention and conference of the ACB is the presentation by a Talking Book Narrator.  This month we hear from the 2018 Talking Book Narrator Laura Generelli, who works from the recording studios of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Washington, DC.  Her presentation is titled Talking for a Living: Growing Up as an Audio Book Narrator.


Audio description is most commonly defined as verbal descriptions of scenery, characters, and events in television, film, and theater productions. But audio description is also applied in other arenas, such as describing a painting, artifact, or landscape.


On this edition of ACB Reports get a preview of the 58th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind, to be held in Rochester, NY, July 5 through July 12, 2019.  Conference coordinator Janet Dickelman talks with ACB Reports host Mike Duke about some of the highlights.  The first tour is scheduled for Fri 7/5; the Opening General Session is Sat 7/6 with sessions every day, and elections for all officers on Thursday 7/11.  Listen to learn more.

Russell Shaffer, Chairman of the Board of the American Foundation of the Blind (AFB) and Craig Meador, President & CEO of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) spoke at the July 2018 ACB Convention about their recent revised strategic plans and how they plan to work together to streamline the functions of both organizations.  As Helen Keller famously said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

In the March episode of ACB Reports, FCC Attorney Will Shell reports on accessibility issues that the Disability Rights Office is working on.  Specifically, he'll talk about developments in the Audio Description marketplace.  (See this month's audio described television listings for WXXI-TV)

Meet award-winning actress, writer, director and motivational speaker Marilee Talkington who also happens to be legally blind.  Hear how she landed a major role on CBS' 350th Anniversary episode of the popular television series NCIS.  You'll also hear about how to apply for an ACB scholarship for 2019 - by the way...applications are due February 15th.  Learn more about Marilee Talkington.

Learn more about how Marilee deals with Cone Rod Dystrophy.

This month, host Mike Duke share the story of the Washington lawyers committee on civil and urban rights that received the ACB President's Award for its work on behalf of people who are blind. We'll also learn how a company called First Build is "bringing accessibility to the laundry room," thanks to 15-year-old inventor Jack DePlessis.

Listen to the podcast.

On this edition of ACB Reports, we'll meet Jose Viera Chief Executive Director of the World Blind Union (WBU). WBU represents the estimated 253 million blind and partially sighted people around the world.  Plus, we'll learn what one school for the blind is doing to empower students or college success.

This month you'll get an update from the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and we'll celebrate a milestone anniversary for the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA).  Happy 50th Anniversary!

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.