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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

https://www.equalweb.com/

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
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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.


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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.

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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.

https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/home/category/playout-and-transmission/entry/9989/fcc-audio-descriptions-what-you-need-to-know

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.


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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
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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."

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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)

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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.

https://firstbuild.com/blog/a-voice-for-accessibility/

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.


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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.


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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. 

http://www.acb.org/

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.


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 reachoutradio.org.

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.


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