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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.

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This month, learn about the upcoming virtual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind. The conference dates are July 16 - 23, 2021.

This month Will Butler, VP of Communications for Be My Eyes talks about expanding organization communications across a variety of platforms, from the recent ACB Leadership Seminar.

During the recent leadership meeting, the multi-cultural affairs committee of the ACB, conducted a discussion of the importance of mentoring as a way to achieve diversity and inclusion within the organization. We'll also hear about audio-described content coming to the HBO Max channel.

ACB looks back at 2020 and ahead to 2021

Mar 5, 2021

This month, ACB President Dan Spoone opens the annual DC Leadership Conference with a review of the organizations accomplishments over the past year. And, get a peak at what's in store during the virtual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.

This month, what's new at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the ACB Leadership Meeting and Legislative Seminar will be a virtual event later this month.

This month we'll hear APH Talking Book narrator Erin Jones describe her job and its challenges from the last virtual ACB Conference & Convention.  Plus, we'll have an announcement about the NEW DATES for the 2021 Virtual ACB Conference and Convention.

NEW DATES: July 16-July 23.

This month, learn about the World Blind Union, and about the International Day of People with Disabilities.

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.

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.

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.