2014 Conference and Convention Program


ACB: The Real Deal
colorful photo of the Riviera hotel
53rd Annual National Conference & Convention
American Council of the Blind
and
Special-Interest Affiliates
Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
July 10 - 19, 2014
Kim Charlson, President

Hosted by Nevada Council of the Blind
Rick Kuhlmey, President
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The American Council of the Blind would like to sincerely thank Facebook for their support of the 2014 Conference and Convention as an Onyx Sponsor.
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Google is proud to support the American Council of the Blind, and participate in the 2014 Conference and Convention.
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2014 Conference and Convention Program Downloads

Below are the links to the available formats for downloading.

The text to all the ads is in the MS Word .doc format; the color ads are in the .pdf format.

Table of contents in both formats have active links to the sections.

2014 Conference and Convention Program large print MS Word format .doc

2014 Conference and Convention Program large print PDF format .pdf

ACB Conference Gems

Many, many thanks to our 2014 corporate sponsors.  Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.

Look for the 2014 corporate sponsors on acb.org, in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week.  Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.

Double Diamond Sponsor:

  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals – Crown Jewel Sponsor

Emerald Sponsors:

  • Google – Google Day at the Convention, Tuesday, July 15
  • JP Morgan Chase – Audio Visual Services

Ruby Sponsors:

  • Comcast – General Sessions
  • HumanWare - Registration
  • Regal Entertainment - Kids’ Explorers Club
  • Verizon - Conference Volunteer Services

Onyx Sponsors:

  • Adobe Systems, Inc. - ACB newspaper
  • AT&T – Information Desk
  • Facebook – Blind Scholarship Students
  • Freedom Scientific - Conference Exhibit Hall
  • National Industries for the Blind – ACB Marketplace

Topaz Sponsors:

  • Buell Fund – sky dive and rafting tours
  • Sprint – Leadership Training Institute
  • Weight Watchers – Recreation Zone

Coral Sponsors:

  • ACB Lions – two scholarship recipients
  • Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho and The Law Office of Lainey Feingold – Scholarship Student Reception
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America - scholarship winners’ dinner and luncheon

Pearl Sponsors:

  • ACB Families – Tuesday at Kids’ Explorers Club
  • International Association of Audio Information Services
  • HIMS, Inc. - ACB Café, Tuesday
  • Library Users of America – ACB Banquet Speaker and NLS Talking Book Narrator
  • Maxi-Aids - ACB Café, Monday

From the President

Dear Conventioneers:

I want to welcome everyone to the 53rd annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind here in exciting Las Vegas, Nevada.  I am looking forward to presiding over my first convention as president of ACB, and to talking with so many members and guests from across the country and, in fact, from around the world.

The theme of the 2014 convention is "ACB: The Real Deal."  This is a great theme for this year's convention because we are in the city that knows about dealing cards and ACB can proudly claim some “real deal” victories and achievements in our advocacy in recent months.  You will hear much more about our successes during what should be our busiest and most information-packed convention ever.

Every ACB convention relies on dozens of volunteers who work to make this event possible.  I want to personally thank the members of the Convention Committee, ably chaired by Janet Dickelman; the Convention Program Committee, and the Nevada Host Committee for their efforts.  I know my fellow ACB board members also wish to express their appreciation to everyone who assisted in putting together this convention.  Likewise, let me acknowledge the work of our outstanding Arlington, Virginia and Minneapolis staff.  You are all terrific!

Finally, a very special welcome to those of you attending the ACB convention for the first time.  This will be my first convention as the President of the American Council of the Blind and I want to make this an especially memorable and fun experience for you.  We want you to come back in 2015!

From Brian and me, have a great convention and stop and say “Hello” when you see us dashing by during the week.

Best Wishes,
Kim Charlson, ACB President

Abbreviations in this Program

ACB - American Council of the Blind
AABT - American Association of Blind Teachers
AAVL - Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss
AAVIA - American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys
ACBDA - ACB Diabetics in Action
ACBF - ACB Families
ACBGE - ACB Government Employees
ACBHSP - ACB Human Service Professionals
ACBL - ACB Lions
ACBRA - ACB Radio Amateurs
ACBS - ACB Students
ADP - Audio Description Project
AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
APH - American Printing House for the Blind
BITS - Blind Information Technology Specialists
BOP - Board of Publications
BPI - Blind LGBT Pride International
BRL - Braille Revival League
CCLVI - Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
DKM - Durward K. McDaniel First-Timer
FIA - Friends-in-Art of ACB
GDUI - Guide Dog Users, Inc.
IRC - International Relations Committee
IVIE - Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs
LUA - Library Users of America
MCAC - Multicultural Affairs Committee
NELDS - National Education & Legal Defense Service
NIB - National Industries for the Blind
NLS - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
RSVA - Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America
SASI - Sight and Sound Impaired Committee
VIVA - Visually Impaired Veterans of America
WCC - Women's Concerns Committee

Program Formatting Notes

Entries in this program give day, time, and location for each event.  Descriptions, presenters, and ticket prices are shown when applicable.  If a group is holding all of its events in the same room on a given day, that room name appears on the line beside the day and date.  If a group is holding more than one event on a given day, and those events are in different rooms, the location for the first event is shown beside the day and date.  Subsequent rooms are shown beside the events.

ACB Photography

The official ACB photographer for the 2014 conference and convention will be taking pictures in the exhibit hall, on selected tours, and at many social events.  He will visit committee and affiliate meetings and workshops, general sessions, and the banquet.

It is understood that all activities and programs scheduled at the 2014 conference and convention are subject to be photographed.  Photos are the property of ACB, and are for ACB's use.

Be sure your committee, affiliate or other group event is photographed.  Contact the ACB/National Industries for the Blind Information Desk to request that the photographer visit your event.  Be sure to specify date and time, and provide contact information so we can reach you if necessary.

Medical Information

For medical emergencies, dial 0 on a hotel phone or 911 on any other phone.  Stay calm and speak distinctly.  Give your name, exact location and a description of the emergency.  For medical care, contact:

Emergency Clinic:
Quick Care
3111 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV
Walk-In hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Phone: 702-732-7407
 
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
3186 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-731-8000
Open 24 hours with full emergency room.
 
CVS Pharmacy
2700 Las Vegas Blvd. #100, Las Vegas, NV
702-369-2619
Open 6:00 AM — 12:00 AM

Digital Information and Internet

ACB Radio - ACB Radio livestreams from all general sessions on the Mainstream channel; sessions are replayed around the clock.  Some afternoon committee sessions will be streamed live or recorded for later broadcast.  The FIA Performing Arts Showcase, BOP Candidates' Forum, and ACB Banquet are also livestreamed.
 
Email list - The ACB Convention email list keeps you up-to-date on all the news.  Even if you aren't at convention, you can receive "The Real Deal Review" and all the other information.  To subscribe, go to the ACB website at www.acb.org, or send a blank message to acbconvention-subscribe@acb.org.

File Download Service -Would you like your newspaper, exhibit list, delegate list, and amendments in electronic format for your laptop or notetaker?  Stop by the ACB/ATT Information Desk each morning before 10:00 AM; a volunteer will download all the latest files onto your thumb drive, SD card or compact flash card.

Complimentary wireless Internet is available from your hotel room, or connect from the hotel restaurants or the Riviera lobby.

Info for Guide Dog Users

Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits.  ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to help you locate the areas.

It is your responsibility to relieve your dog at regular intervals.  You are expected to pick up after your dog; trash receptacles are located near relief areas for your convenience.

Should an indoor accident occur, please report it to the front desk.  Do not just walk away from or ignore an accident.  If an accident occurs in your room, you will be charged for the clean-up.

The GDUI Convention Area Orientation (Sun., July 13 at noon and 4:00 PM) will help you learn the best routes in and around the hotel; meet in the GDUI Suite, Royale 5.

The GDUI Suite is in Royale 5.  Suite hours are:

  • Sunday, July 13, noon to 5:00 PM
  • Monday, Tuesday, July 14 - 15, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The GDUI Suite is a great place to meet friends, give your dog a break, purchase products from either GDUI or our vendor boutique, or get your dog's nails trimmed or ears cleaned (vet tech schedule to be announced).  Don't forget to bid on the exciting items in GDUI's silent auction!

GDUI plans to have Mushers Secret available to protect your puppy’s paws from that hot sidewalk pavement.

Veterinary Care

Scott Bradley, Ark Animal Clinic
1651 N. Rancho, Las Vegas, NV
702-648-8583
 
Las Vegas Animal Emergency Hospital (open 24 hours)
5231 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
702-822-1045

Hotel Information

ACB convention attendees will be staying in the Monte Carlo or Monaco Towers.  These are the two closest towers to the meeting rooms.  The room numbering system is such that there are no duplicate room numbers.  Rooms 1501 to 2920 are in the Monte Carlo Tower and 4201 to 6407 in the Monaco Tower.  The 12th floor of the Mediterranean South Tower houses the health club.

On the first floor of the meeting area (called the convention center), you will find Grande (A through H), Royale (1 through 8), and the Capri rooms (103 through 116).  We will also be using the Skybox rooms (201 through 212) on the second floor of the convention center.

Events scheduled in suites will be located in the Monte Carlo Tower and we will use the Top of the Riv in the Monaco Tower for the welcome party, auction and banquet.

On the first floor of the Riviera you will also find hotel restaurants (Wicked Vicky’s Tavern, Banana Leaf Café and R Steakhouse and Seafood), along with retail shops, the casino and a food court.

Registration Q & A

Sponsored by HumanWare and Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Registration is located in Capri 103 on the first floor of the Riviera.  Hours are:

  • Thursday, July 10(pre-reg pick-up only): 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday to Sunday, July 11 to 13: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Monday, July 14: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday, July 15 to 17 - 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Friday, July 18: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

When you register, you will receive your convention ID badge, program, and goody bag filled with information and surprises.  You must register to purchase tickets to events and be eligible to win great door prizes.  Wear your badge at all times; it admits you to the exhibit area, lets you vote (if you are an ACB member), and helps hotel personnel and volunteers provide better service.

If you are pre-registered, your packet will be waiting for you.  You may not pick up a packet for someone else.  If you have any questions about your registration or need to purchase more tickets, go to Registration in Capri 103.

A one-day pass is available for $5.00; $10.00 with program.  This pass is color-coded by day, and is good for only the day on which it is purchased.  With this pass you may attend exhibits and other programs and purchase tickets for that day only.  If you wish to attend additional days at the convention, you must pay the full administrative fee.
No administrative fee will be charged for a voter certification badge.

Refunds: ACB will make no refunds for convention administrative and registration fees, sponsorship donations, or tickets that you just don't want.  Refunds are not made for events that you miss for any reason other than extreme illness (see below), or for events that you simply do not enjoy.
Refunds will be issued only for meals, events, and tours provided that:

  • An individual has pre-registered and requests the refund in writing to the American Council of the Blind, 6300 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 195, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430, or calls (612) 332-3242, on or before June 30, 2014; and
  • The individual does not attend any part of the convention.
  • In case of illness during the convention which requires you to return home or to be hospitalized, refunds will be issued only for the meals, events, and tours which take place after your absence begins.  If the guarantee has already been given for a meal function or a tour, no refund for that function will be given.
  • Refunds for tour tickets are only made under certain conditions.  See tour instructions for more information.

Lost tickets: ACB will not replace tickets that are lost during the convention.  All ticket packets are checked before they are distributed at the convention, and tickets that are lost or misplaced must be purchased again.

Reselling tickets: Only tour tickets will be accepted for resale.  In general, meal functions and social events at the hotel do not sell out and you may wish to explore other methods of selling luncheon, banquet and other such tickets.
 
ACB is not responsible for notifying you if you have paid for a ticket through pre-registration for an event or tour that is already sold out.  Your name will be put on a waiting list in the event of cancellations, or in case additional tickets become available.

Communication Center Services

The Communication Center is in Capri 111 on the first floor of the Riviera and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 12 through Thursday, July 17.  This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.
 
Convention Newspaper: This year's newspaper is "The Real Deal Review."  It is published each day, Saturday through Thursday, in braille and large print; pick up a copy at the Information Desk.  The paper is also available on the acbconvention email list and via download at the Information Desk before 10:00 AM.

ACB Students (ACBS) will deliver the newspaper to your hotel room door.  For $7 (pre-registration) or $10 (registration), your paper will be waiting for you each morning when you wake up.  After you sign up for newspaper delivery, activate your service by giving your room number and your format preference to the Information Desk.

Ads and Announcements: Ads and other items for publication must be in the Communication Center by 2:00 PM each day.  The BOP allows ads to run up to three days in order to give important convention announcements more space.  Ads must be no longer than 75 words.  BOP editorial policy prohibits the production or distribution of campaign materials by the Communication Center.

Cost of advertising in the newspaper is:

  • Individuals, ACB affiliates and blind representatives of MLM companies - $15/day or $40 for 3 days
  • Exhibitors - $40/day or $100 for 3 days
  • All others - $50/day or $125 for 3 days.

Pay for advertising at registration; show your receipt at the Communication Center prior to submitting your ad.
 
Brailling and Photocopying: Photocopying is available at the Communication Center for 10 cents/page.  Brailling services are available as follows:

  • individuals, ACB affiliates, and blind representatives of MLM companies, 10 cents/page
  • small businesses and small nonprofits, 20 cents/page
  • all others, 35 cents/page

If your committee or affiliate needs something in braille or large print, bring files early in the day so we can fit your job between other tasks.  A test copy will be printed to let you know the number of pages per copy.  Be sure to label your computer card or thumb drive, and tell us how many of each format you need and by what time.  Please make payment at Registration.

Thanks to Enabling Technologies for once again donating the use of the braille embossers and to American Printing House for the Blind, American Thermoform Corporation, and Future Forms, Division of Highland Computer Forms, for their generous donation of braille paper.

Please remember that the Communication Center is a working room.  While the convention is a great place to meet and greet, loud conversations make it difficult to hear the speech synthesizers on the computers.  Help us help you get the information you need.

ACB Convention Café

ACB Sponsors:  

  • Monday, July 14, Maxi-Aids
  • Tuesday, July 15, HIMS, Inc.

Stop by the ACB Convention Café to grab a quick cup of coffee, pastry, sandwich, salad or snack as you rush from one meeting to another or as you head out on a tour.  Meet at the Café to visit with friends or just rest a while between activities.  Located in Grande C, hours and specials to be announced in the newspaper.

ACB Fundraisers

Show your support for ACB in one or more of these ways:

Convention Sponsorships:

Stop by ACB / HumanWare  Registration in Capri 103 and become an individual or corporate ACB Convention Sponsor.  Individual sponsorships are bronze ($25), silver ($50), gold ($100), platinum ($250), and titanium ($500); sponsors receive special ribbons to wear on their convention badges, and are recognized both in general session and in the newspaper.

For information on corporate sponsorships, including pearl, coral, topaz, onyx, sapphire, ruby, emerald, diamond and double diamond, contact Margarine Beaman in the hotel or by cell phone at (512) 921-1625.

Brenda Dillon Memorial ACB Walk:

Go the extra mile for ACB by bringing in donations and by participating in the walk.  Buses leave promptly at 6:30 AM on Sunday, July 13 for Miracle Mile Shops.  Sincere thanks to Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Regal Entertainment, the Macular Degeneration Foundation, and the Buell Fund, for their sponsorship of the 2014 Brenda Dillon Memorial ACB Walk.

ACB Auction:

Get ready to bid and buy!  Vacations, technology, jewelry, memorabilia and many more treasures.  Auction preview, Wed., 6:00 PM; auction to follow at 7:00 PM in Top of The Riv.  Don't be late; grab a bite from the cash-and-carry line at the auction so you won't miss any of the bidding fun.

ACB Raffle:

Win $5,000 in cold hard cash!  Limited tickets available; $50 each.  Buy one for yourself or your affiliate, or find up to four friends and split the cost five ways.  Available at the ACB Store in the ACB / Exhibit Hall and at registration.

MMS Program:

Help support ACB all year round; it's easy and quick.  Find out more about the Monthly Monetary Support Program; ask questions and complete paperwork at the MMS table at the ACB Store booth in the Exhibit Hall.  The MMS table is open Sunday through Wednesday afternoon.

Affiliate Caucuses

Monday, July 14

9:00 PM: Blind LGBT Pride, BPI Suite

Tuesday, July 15

5:45 PM: California Caucus, Capri 107
5:45 PM: New England, Maryland, Florida Caucus, Capri 106
5:45 PM, Four Corners Caucus, (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah), Capri 105

Wednesday, July 16

2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus, Royale 7
5:45 PM: Midsouth Caucus, Capri 107
5:45 PM: Midwest Caucus, Capri 106

Thursday, July 17

7:00 AM: New York (Members Only), Skybox 206
7:00 AM: Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only), Capri 114
5:45 PM: Missouri Caucus, Capri 106

Religious Activities

Saturday, July 12

5:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, Royale 7
Father John Sheehan, Jesuit Priest, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY

Sunday, July 13

9:00 AM: Jewish Service, Capri 106

10:00 AM: Interdenominational Service, Royale 7
Bishop Robert Arnold
True Word Interdenominational Church
Las Vegas, NV

10:00 AM: LDS Meeting, Capri 106
 

Monday, July 14, Top of the Riv North

7:00 PM: Gospel Sing
Led by Michael and Alison Smitherman, Jackson, MS

Convention Standing Rules

Adopted by the ACB Board of Directors, May 2009

  1. Each debatable issue before the convention shall be limited to approximately twenty (20) minutes with a three-minute time limit per speaker, alternating between affirmative and opposing speakers, unless a majority of the members agree to extend debate for an additional period of time.

    • Motions to close debate will not be recognized by the chair during the first debate period.  After the first debate period, properly moved motions such as "I call for the question" or "I move the previous question" will be handled by the chair and voted on by the assembly.
    • The chair may close debate when no one seeks the floor.
    • Each member is respectfully urged to speak directly to the issue before the assembly and avoid unnecessary and time-consuming dialogue.
    • No member will be recognized a second time to debate until all who wish to debate have been recognized.
    • The parliamentarian will act as timekeeper.
  2. Recognition to speak will be given to those members who properly address the chair using the microphones and giving their names and affiliation.  Motions that may interrupt a speaker may be called from your seat, responded to by the chair, and explained by the mover at a microphone if requested by the chair.  Examples:  Point of Order, Point of Information, Parliamentary Inquiry, Question of Privilege, Call for Orders of the Day, etc.
  3. Registration badges are required to be worn at all convention meetings, and only those members with the appropriate colored dot may vote during business meetings.
  4. Changes to the published convention program may be proposed to the membership as deemed necessary by the presiding officer or his/her appointee.  The presiding officer will explain the reason for such change and inform the assembly of their right to question the recommended modification. After this explanation, if twenty-five (25) or more members object to the proposed change by coming to the microphone and stating their name as placed in objection, the change requires debate and a majority vote to modify the convention program.
  5. Nominating and seconding speeches shall be limited to five minutes per candidate with the speaking time allocated according to the candidate's wishes.  A person nominated for an office more than once shall be limited to one minute.
  6. When no candidate for office receives a majority vote, the election shall be among the top two candidates.  Affiliate votes will be reported in whole or half numbers.
  7. Any person meeting the requirements of a "voting member" as defined in ACB's Constitution, Article III-A-1, and complying with all other applicable membership requirements, becomes an ACB member and is entitled to register, receive a registration badge with the appropriate colored voting dot, and vote at ACB's annual convention provided:

    • Their name is on the March 15th membership information or has been added to that membership information, or
    • Their voting membership status is verified by a member of the Board of Directors or an officer of their affiliate organization, or
    • They establish voting membership status during the annual convention.

General Session Agenda

American Council of the Blind
53rd Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: The Real Deal
Audio-Visual Services Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase

Notice: ACB business will be conducted during general sessions, which are held Sunday, July 13, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM and Monday-Friday, July 14-18, from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.  ACB has elected to proceed with such meetings under Section 29-405.20(f) of the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporations Code.

Sunday, July 13, Grande Ballroom A

6:30 PM: Entertainment: Bell Choir, Blind Center of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
7:00 PM: Call to Order: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA

  • Invocation: Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ, Chairman/CEO, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY
  • Presentation of Colors: Scottish American Military Society, Commander Tim Dowd, Las Vegas, NV
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner": Niki White, Las Vegas, NV
  • Welcome to Las Vegas: Rick Kuhlmey, president, Nevada Council of the Blind, co-chair local host committee, Las Vegas, NV

7:25 PM: President's Report - Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
 
7:45 PM: Double Diamond Sponsor Presentation, Kate Holland, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Washington, DC

8:00 PM: ACB Life Membership Presentations: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA

8:20 PM: Tribute and Appreciation "On the Other Side": A Song of Thanks and Remembrance of Brenda Dillon, performed by Dan Dillon, Hermitage, TN

8:35 PM: ACB First-Timers: Allen Casey, Chair, Durward K. McDaniel First-timers Committee, Graham, NC

8:50 PM: First Credentials Committee Report: Jean Mann, Chair, Albany, NY

9:00 PM: Resolutions Process: Mark Richert, Chair, ACB Resolutions Committee, Arlington, VA

9:05 PM: Roll Call of Affiliates: Ray Campbell, ACB Secretary, Glen Ellyn, IL

Monday, July 14, Grande Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Aarius White, Pianist, Las Vegas, NV

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: George Holliday, ACB Board of Directors, Philadelphia, PA
Invocation: Pastor Marvin Gant, Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Patrick Wallace, Vice President, Global Sales, HumanWare
  • Emerald Sponsor Presentation: Amy Furash, ADA National Coordinator, JPMorgan Chase
  • Final Credentials Report: Jean Mann, Albany, NY.
  • Adoption of Standing Rules and Program: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Indianapolis, IN
  • Presiding Officer, Jeff Thom, ACB First Vice President, Sacramento, CA

9:15 AM: Presentation of Affiliate Membership Growth Awards: Rochelle Hart, Sioux Falls, SD, Co-Chair, ACB Awards Committee.
Presentation of Ned E. Freeman, Vernon Henley and Hollis Liggett Awards: Denise Colley, Chair, ACB Board of Publications, Lacey, WA

9:40 AM: A Glimpse of the History of Nevada: Mark Hall-Patton, Administrator, Clark County Museum System, Las Vegas, NV

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Update Report on Accessible Tactile Currency: Dawn R. Haley, Senior Advisor to the Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), Washington, DC

10:45 AM: Developments and Progress at NLS: Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

11:20 AM: QuickBooks Accessibility: Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot, Inc., New York, NY; and Lori Samuels, Accessibility Program Manager, Intuit Inc., Menlo Park, CA

11:45 AM: ACB Recreation Zone: Oral Miller, ACB Past President, Washington, DC

11:55 AM: Announcements

Tuesday July 15, Grande Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Guitars: Ivan Delgado, Arthur Jones, Tish Koch, Gary Lamph, Gustavo Covarrubias, Las Vegas, NV

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Visually Impaired Veterans of America
Invocation: Rev. Ian R. Riddell, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Las Vegas, NV

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Emerald Sponsor presentation: Eve Andersson, Google Accessibility Engineering and Product Manager—Core Team
  • Ruby Sponsor presentation, Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Comcast Accessibility, Philadelphia, PA
  • ACB Nominating Committee Report: Mike Godino, Chair, Malverne, NY
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Indianapolis, IN
  • Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
  • Presiding Officer: Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Second Vice President, Burien, WA

9:10 AM: 2014 ACB Scholarship Presentations: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Missouri City, TX

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Tuning in for What's New at Comcast: Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Comcast Accessibility, Philadelphia, PA

11:00 AM: Accessibility News from Microsoft: Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

11:30 AM: Update on ACB's Audio Description Project: Joel Snyder, Director, Audio Description Project and President, Audio Description Associates, Takoma Park, MD; and Dan Spoone, Chair, Audio Description Project Steering Committee, Orlando, FL

11:55 AM: Announcements

Wednesday, July 16, Grande Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: William Benjamin, Tallahassee, Florida, piano.

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Carol Ann Ewing, ACB Life Member, Las Vegas, NV
Invocation: Shadow Hills Baptist Church, Las Vegas, NV

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Indianapolis, IN
  • Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
  • Presiding Officer: Ray Campbell, ACB Secretary, Glen Ellyn, IL

9:15 AM: My Life in Books: From Thrones to Moans: The Voice Behind 800 Talking Books, Gabriella Cavallero, Talking Book Publishing Company, Denver, CO

9:45 AM: Cell Phone Technologies: Something for Everyone! Moderator: Brian Charlson, Chair, ACB Information Access Committee, Watertown, MA; Stephen J. McCormack, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Visus Technologies, Los Angeles, CA; Jennifer Crutchfield, Manager of Corporate Responsibility – Social Lead, Sprint, San Francisco, CA; Odin Mobile: Joseph A. Martini, Director of Assistive Technology, Perkins Products, Watertown, MA

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Accessibility to Prescription Drug Information: Devices and Approaches, Moderator: Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA; Mitch Pomerantz, ACB Immediate Past President, Pasadena, CA; Lainey Feingold, Attorney for Structured Negotiations with CVS.COM and Walgreens, Berkeley, CA; En-Vision America, David Raistrick, Vice President, Normal, IL; AccessaMed Inc., Chad Hazen, Director of Community Outreach, Vancouver, WA; AudibleRx, Dr. Steve Leuck, Pharm. D., Owner/President, Santa Cruz, CA

11:00 AM: ACB Business

11:55 AM: Announcements

Thursday, July 17, Grande Ballroom A

8:00 AM:  Entertainment: Nancy Pendegraph, Huntsville, AL, piano.

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: 2014 DKM First-Timers
Carol McGhee, Morgantown, WV, and Steve Fiksdal, Auburn, WA
Invocation: Janis Riceberg, Midhar Kodash Temple, Henderson, NV

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Randy Smith, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources Counsel, Regal Entertainment Group
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Jeffrey A. Kramer, Executive Director, Public Policy, Strategic Alliance, Verizon
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Indianapolis, IN
  • Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
  • Presiding Officer: Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer, Louisville, KY

9:15 AM: Executive Director's Report: Melanie Brunson, Arlington, VA

9:45 AM: National Conference and Convention Report: Janet Dickelman, Chair, Convention Committee, Saint Paul, MN

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Report on the ACB Walk and Auction: Dan Spoone, ACB Board of Directors, Orlando, FL; Dan Dillon, Hermitage, TN, Co-chairs, ACB Resource Development Committee; and Leslie Spoone, Chair, ACB Auction Subcommittee, Orlando, FL

11:00 AM: Treasurer's Report: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

11:15 AM: ACBES Report: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, ACB Enterprises and Services, Missouri City, TX

11:35 AM: ACB Business

11:55 AM: Announcements

Friday, July 18, Grande Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Karen Eitel, Kingwood, TX, piano.

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Janet Dickelman, Convention Coordinator and ACB Board of Directors, St. Paul, MN
Invocation: Rev. James Kasalo, American Catholic Iglesia Cristo Rey, Las Vegas, NV

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Indianapolis, IN
  • Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA

10:00 AM: Elections

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Elections (continued)

12:00 Noon: Lunch Break

1:30 PM: ACB Business

2:45 PM: Break

3:00 PM: Old/New Business

5:00 PM: Adjourn

5:30 PM: ACB Life Member Reception, Grande G

6:30 PM: Top of the Riv, Pre-banquet entertainment: Allison and Michael Smitherman, piano and voice, Jackson, MS

7:00 PM: ACB Banquet: Top of the Riv

  • Master of Ceremonies: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
  • Invocation: Rick Kuhlmey, Las Vegas, NV
  • Banquet Speaker: “Waging the Battle for Accessibility –Lessons from the Front Lines in Canada,” David Lepofsky, Attorney, disability rights community organizer and advocate, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentation of Awards: Rochelle Hart, Co-Chair, Awards Committee, Sioux Falls, SD

ACB Boards and Committees

ACB Board of Directors

Saturday, July 12
9:00 AM: Pre-convention Board meeting
Saturday, July 19
10:00 AM: Post-convention Board meeting

Board of Publications

Chair: Denise Colley

Sunday, July 13
10:30 AM: BOP Meeting, Capri 105
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: BOP Town Hall Meeting, Grande G
 
Thursday, July 17
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: BOP Town Hall Meeting, Grande G
7:00 PM: BOP Candidates' Forum, Grande Ballroom A
Hear from and ask questions of this year’s candidates.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Chair: John Huffman

Saturday, July 12, 4:30 PM, Skybox 203

Monday, July 14, 4:15 PM, Skybox 203

Tuesday, July 15, 5:45 PM, Skybox 203

Credentials Committee

Chair: Jean Mann

Sunday, July 13, 1:00 PM, Skybox 201

Nominating Committee

Chair: Mike Godino
Monday, July 14, 5:45 PM, Grande G

Resolutions Committee

Chair: Mark Richert

Sunday, July 13, 11:00 PM, or after general session, Skybox 209

Monday, July 14  8:00 PM, Skybox 201

Tuesday/Wednesday, July 15/16, 10:00 PM, or at the conclusion of the FIA showcase, Skybox 201

Thursday, July 17, 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM, Skybox 201

ACB Committee Meetings

DKM First-Timers Committee

Chair: Allen Casey
 
Thursday, July 17, President’s Suite
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: DKM First-Timers Reception $15 ($18)
Beat the Las Vegas heat and keep cool with the DKM ice cream social!  Meet 2014 DKM First-Timers: Carol McGhee of Morgantown, WV and Steve Fiksdal of Auburn, WA.  Share memories of ACB pioneer Durward K. McDaniel.

Employment Committee

Chair: Rebecca Bridges
Monday, July 14
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Dress for Success $6 ($8)
Learn the dos and don'ts of dressing like a pro.  Use your wardrobe to make a great first impression.  Sponsored by ACBS and employment committee
 
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Storytelling During Interviews $6 ($8)
Back by popular demand!  Land the job of your dreams by mastering the increasingly popular behavioral interview.
Sponsored by ACBS and Employment Committee.

Environmental Access Committee

Chair: Christopher Bell
 
Sunday, July 13, Capri 105
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Pedestrian Safety Concerns $5 ($7)
Learn what the Environmental Access Committee has accomplished to improve safe pedestrian access.  Help the EAC determine priorities and projects for next year.  Sponsored by EAC and Easter Seals Project ACTION.
 
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: All Things Paratransit
Donna Smith, Director of Training, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC, will address qualifications, assessments, visitor policy and more.  This workshop is co-sponsored by Easter Seals Project ACTION and Environmental Access Committee.

Information Access Committee

Chair: Brian Charlson
Sponsored in part by Linda Dardarian and Lainey Feingold
 
Saturday, July 12, Grande G
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: 411 from the IAC $5 ($7)
How the Information Access Committee is engaging companies, big and small, in the future of information access.
Open source and free screen readers: How will they shape the future of computer access?
New Books, New Readers: As what we call “access” changes, so do the devices we use to “access” the written word.  Hear about the two newest “readers,” the Victor Reader Stream with Wi-Fi and the Blaze with built-in OCR.
 
Sunday, July 13, Capri 114
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: iOS App Swap $5 ($7)
Share useful apps and learn about new ones.  Give us your email address; we will send you the list after the convention.
 
5:00 PM: How Tweet It Is $10 ($10)
Hang out with friends from the TwitterVerse at the ACB Tweetup.  Not on Twitter?  Come anyway- it’s lots of fun!  Cash bar & snacks.
 
Monday, July 14, Capri 114
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Reading the Kindle Way $5 ($7), Capri 106
LUA/IAC demonstrate the pros and cons of reading with the Kindle app for the iPhone and the Kindle Fire HDX.

International Relations Committee

Chair: Sandra Sermons
 
Tuesday, July 15, Capri 114
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: BRL International Breakfast $25 ($30)
Learn about the innovative way braille is being used around the world.  Moderator: Sandra Sermons, Rockville, MD.  Co-sponsored by BRL and IRC.

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Voices From Around the World $20 ($22)
Don’t miss this chance to meet our international guests.  Co-sponsored by IRC and MCAC.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Skybox 208
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Art Traditions from Around the World
$4 ($5)
Interactive panel discusses traditions and art experiences from countries in which they have lived or visited.  Moderator: Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.

Membership Committee

Chair: Ardis Bazyn
 
Saturday, July 12, Capri 106
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Keys to the Convention
Tips on how to make the most of convention week!  Great for first-timers.
 
Sunday, July 13, Capri 106
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Keys to the Convention
Tips on how to make the most of convention week!  Great for first-timers.
 
Thursday, July 17, Grande G
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: “How Successful Chapters and Affiliates Recruit and Maintain Membership”

2:45 PM: Introduction of participants

2:55 PM: “Successful strategies used to recruit newcomers?” Marlaina Lieberg, 2nd Vice President, American Council of the Blind, Burien, WA; Will Burley, Vice President, Blind Pride International, Houston, TX; and Norman Culver, President, Alabama Council of the Blind, Talladega, AL.

3:25 PM: “Wow your members to keep them involved!" Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Cindy Van Winkle, President, Washington Council of the Blind, Bremerton, WA; and Guillermo Robles, President, Blind Pride International, Los Angeles, CA.

3:55 PM: Affiliate Growth Awards
Hand-outs and door prizes.

Multicultural Affairs Committee

Chair: Peggy Garrett
 
Monday, July 14, Capri 114
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: MCAC Luncheon and Program $30 ($30)
"Playing the Hand You're Dealt."  Speaker: Cheryl Cummings, MCAC member, Brighton MA.
 
Tuesday, July 15, Capri 114
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Voices From Around the World $20 ($22)
Don’t miss this chance to meet our international guests.  Co-sponsored by IRC and MCAC.

Public Relations Committee

Chair: Dr. Ron Milliman
 
Wednesday, July 16, Skybox 209
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Special Events That Get Results $5 ($5)
The PR committee will discuss a variety of special events and activities you can share with your affiliate.  Several affiliates and chapters will be recognized for their efforts!

Rehab Issues Task Force

Chair: Doug Powell
 
Tuesday, July 15, Grande G
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Are High School Grads Ready? $7 ($10)
What is "Transition" and how effective are the services?  Presenters: Elaine Robertson, Rehabilitation Supervisor, Las Vegas, NV; Richard Rueda, Director of Transition Services, Junior Blind of American, Union City, CA; and Lori Scharff, Rehab Issues Task Force, Malverne, NY.  Co-sponsored by Rehab Task Force and Special Education Task Force.
 
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Affiliates Leveraging Rehab $7 ($10)
Use Rehab information to increase membership, create positive PR, and increase your affiliate's stature at the state legislative level.  Facilitator: Lori Scharff
 
Wednesday, July 16, Capri 114, 115
12:15 PM – 2:30 PM: IVIE/Rehab Lunch $30 ($32)
“Entrepreneurship for Newbies and Experts”

12:55 PM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks; Carla Hayes, IVIE President, CEO, Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA

1:00 PM: “Entrepreneurship: Is It For You?”  Ardis Bazyn, CEO, Bazyn Communications, Burbank, CA; Hi Suk Chae-Bean, Rehabilitation Counselor II, Las Vegas, NV

1:30 PM: “Taking Your Business To The Next Level,” Carla Hayes, IVIE President, CEO, Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA.

1:50 PM: “Tips And Tricks From Those Who Know:” An Open Dialogue.  Business owners will share strategies which make their businesses a success.

Resource Development Committee

Chair: Dan Dillon
 
Saturday, July 12, Grande G
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Bring Home the Money $5 ($7)
RDC members will discuss fundraising opportunities for affiliates.

Scholarship Committee

Chair: Michael Garrett
 
Saturday, July 12, Skybox 206
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: ACB Scholarship Dinner (by invitation only)
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 207
12:15 – 2:30 PM: ACBS Scholarship Luncheon $28 $30
Join ACBS and RSVA to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 scholarship winners.
 
Tuesday, July 15
9:15 AM: Grande Ballroom, 2014 ACB Scholarship Presentations
 
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: ACB Scholarship Winners' Reception, President’s Suite
Sponsored by RSVA.  Each affiliate is invited to send two representatives to meet the 2014 scholarship winners.

Sight and Sound Impaired Committee

Chair: Karyn Campbell
 
Monday, July 14
2:45 PM: Deaf/Blind in the Work Force $6 ($8), Capri 105
Did you ever wonder what people with a combined vision and hearing loss do for employment?  Find out what we do in the work force and how we do it from Tami Berk, Director of Deaf/Blind Programs, Seattle Lighthouse, Seattle, WA.
 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Get Social with SASI $13 ($15), President’s Suite
Meet people who share your unique issues and learn about various ways to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere.

Special Education/School for the Blind Task Force

Chair: Debbie Grubb
 
Monday, July 14, Skybox 202
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Education Technology Showcase $6($8)
Panel of TVI’s/students, led by Lori Moroz-White, director, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Las Vegas, NV, will speak on their experiences with technology in the classroom. Following the panel discussion, visit a “technology playground” showcasing hardware and software with application to classrooms and other learning environments.

Tuesday, July 15, Grande G
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Are High School Grads Ready? $7 ($10)
What is "Transition" and how effective are the services?  Presenters: Elaine Robertson, Rehabilitation Supervisor, Las Vegas, NV; Richard Rueda, Director of Transition Services, Junior Blind of American, Union City, CA; and Lori Scharff, Rehab Issues Task Force, Malverne, NY.  Co-sponsored by Rehab Task Force and Special Education Task Force.

Transportation Committee

Chair: Alice Ritchhart
Saturday, July 12, Capri 116
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: ADA and Fixed-Route Transportation
Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC, will address your rights under the ADA for fixed-route transportation.  Donna Smith, Director of Training for Project ACTION, will address stop announcements, service animals, reasonable assistance, and more.  Bring questions!  Sponsored by Easter Seals Project Action and the Transportation Committee.
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: In the Right Place at the Right Time $5 ($7)
Much of the funding for transit and pedestrian access improvements comes from the federal government; most of the decisions about which projects go forward and which get shelved are made at the state, regional and local levels.  ACB leaders who have been successful with transportation and pedestrian access initiatives will share what they did and how it worked.  Moderator: Ron Brooks, Manager of Accessible Transit Services, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ.  Speakers: Alice Ritchhart, Brunswick, GA and Patrick Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD.

Women’s Concerns Committee

Chair: Lori Scharff
 
Monday, July 14, Skybox 209
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Planning for the Future and Saving for Retirement $7 ($10)
Learn about 401k/403b, Individual Retirement Account options and planning for your financial future.  Presenter: Devan C. Wyson, CFPR Financial Planner, Cuso Financial Services, One Nevada Credit Union, Henderson, NV.
 
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Yoga with Leslie Spoone
Join Leslie Spoone, Orlando, FL, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer; open to all levels of experience.  Please bring a yoga mat or towel.  Co-sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.
 
Thursday, July 17
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Curious about Life Coaching? $7 ($10), Capri 116
Linda Porelle, Martha Beck Certified Life Coach, LCSW, San Francisco, CA, will provide information on how Life Coaching differs from psychotherapy.  Learn simple techniques to improve your well-being on the spot.
 
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: How is the Schedule Today? $7 ($10), Capri 116
Women's Circle goes to the doctor: learn how other blind women deal with medical appointments.  This is a confidential session and open to women only.
 
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Pilates with Leslie Spoone, Skybox 209
Learn Pilates techniques for physical fitness from Leslie Spoone, Orlando, FL, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer.  This event is open to all.  Co-sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.
 
Friday, July 18, Grande G
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Sister Power Breakfast $28 ($32)
Two inspiring blind women; Debbie Grubb and Marsha Farrow share their stories over a great breakfast.

Audio Description Conference

Joel Snyder, President
Audio Description Associates
 
July 13-15, 2014, Grande H
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM: 2014 Audio Description Project Conference $175 ($175)
The third Audio Description Project Conference is an international event, bringing together audio description enthusiasts (audio description producers, describers, media leaders, theater and museum administrators, and audio description consumers) for presentations by leaders in the field and updates on the latest description developments in all formats (media, performing arts, museums, and more).  The Conference includes a gala luncheon on Day 3 with a featured guest speaker and the annual Audio Description Awards.
 
July 16-18, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM: Audio Description Institute $450 ($450)
Interactive training sessions for prospective audio describers and audio description consultants (consumers of audio description) with a focus on Observation, Editing, Language and Vocal Skills.

Other ACB Meetings

Friday July 14, Capri 114

8:00AM - 5:00PM Profile of a Leader: Training Tomorrow's Leaders $75 ($75)
Interactive training provided by ACB's leadership.  Discussions on leader characteristics, organizational structure, governance documents, membership retention, fundraising and other topics.

Saturday, July 12

5:30 PM: ACB Exhibitors Reception (by invitation only), President’s Suite

Sunday, July 13

11:00 AM: ACB Committee Chairs Meeting, Skybox 209
An important meeting with ACB President Kim Charlson.  Every committee should be represented, either by its chair or a designated committee member.

Thursday, July 17

4:15 PM: Affiliate Presidents' Meeting, Grande G

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

Audio-Visual Services Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase

Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss

President: Oral Miller
Registration: $10 ($10)
 
Monday, July 14, Skybox 206
12:15 PM – 4:00 PM: AAVL Lunch and Business Meeting $29 ($32)
12:15 PM: Introductions and luncheon
12:45 PM: “One Person,” Sandra Spalletta, Esq., Rockville, MD, shares her story of working full-time as mother, lawyer and investor while losing her sight.
1:30 PM: Break
1:40 PM: A representative from AccessaMed, Normandy Park, WA will discuss accessible prescription labels.
2:30 Business Meeting
 
Wednesday, July 16, Executive Director’s Suite
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM: AAVL Musical Mixer $10 ($12)
Music, refreshments and lively conversation.

American Association of Blind Teachers

President: Marcia Dresser
Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Theme: “Education Around The World.”
Registration: $10 ($12)
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 206
8:00AM – 11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast & Program $26 ($28)
 
8:00 AM: Welcoming Remarks and Breakfast.
8:45 AM: Education Around The World.  Learn how blind or visually impaired children are educated in Canada and Turkey.  Presenter: Rita Dilek, Department Head, Program for Visually Impaired, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC.
9:30 AM: Break
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM: AABT Annual Business Meeting and Elections
 
Tuesday, July 15
12:00PM – 3:30PM AABT NBCF Tour $17 ($20)
The Nevada Blind Children's Foundation has a Braille library, a technology lab, a horizontal rock climbing wall, and much more!  Lunch is included.
 
Wednesday, July 16
1:15 LUA/BRL/AABT Program, Capri 106
1:15 PM: Welcome: Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Marcia Dresser, President, American Association of Blind Teachers, Reading, MA.
1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book narrator, Gabriella Cavallero, Talking Book Publishers, Inc., Denver, CO.
2:15 PM: BARD and Braille: An update on accessing braille NLS titles with refreshable braille: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: One Book, One ACB
Discussion of “For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind,” by Rosemary Mahoney.  This educator and author describes her experiences teaching at a school for the blind in India.  Also profiles the founder of the school, Sabriye Tenberken.
 
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Singing Around the World $4 ($5), Skybox 208
Learn simple songs and rounds from around the world.

American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys

President: Chris Prentice
Registration: $30 ($32)
 
Saturday, July 12, Executive Director’s Suite
5:00PM - 6:30PM: Reception for Oral Miller $5 ($7)
Celebrate the outstanding career of past ACB President Oral Miller. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM: AAVIA Board Meeting
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 210
1:15 PM – 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program
1:15 PM: Introductions and Announcements, Chris Prentice, AAVIA President
1:30 PM: An Update on the United States Supreme Court, Professor Bill Piatt, St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, TX
 
2:45 PM Update on Technology, Louis Herrera, Technology Consultant, Arleta, CA
4:15 PM, District of Columbia Statutes, John McCann, Member, ACB Board of Directors, Falls Church, VA
 
Monday, July 14, Skybox 210
1:15 PM – 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program
1:15 PM: Introductions and Announcements, Chris Prentice, AAVIA President
1:30 PM: Bankruptcy Law, Dave Adams, AAVIA Board Member, Telford, PA
2:45 PM: DOH Regulations, speaker to be announced
4:15 PM: An Update from HIMS, Frank McCarthy, CEO HIMS Inc, Austin, TX
4:45 PM: The New Section 503 Regulations, Steve Mendelsohn, AAVIA Board Member, Alameda, CA
 
Tuesday, July 15, Skybox 206
12:15 PM – 5:30 PM: AAVIA Luncheon & Program
$27 ($29)
Keynote Speaker: John Mowbray, Attorney, Fennemore, Craig, Jones, and Vargas; Las Vegas, NV
 
2:15 PM: An Update on Structured Negotiations - Linda Dardarian, Attorney, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho, Oakland, CA
2:45 PM: Break
3:00 PM: AAVIA Business Meeting

ACB Diabetics in Action

President: Dee Clayton
Registration: $12 ($15)
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 205
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: ACBDA Seminar $8 ($10)
 
1:15 PM: “The ABC’s of Diabetes,” Deanna St. Cyr, Instructor, School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: How dogs can assist diabetics; speaker to be announced
 
Wednesday, July 16, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: ACBDA Lunch and Meeting $30 ($32)
 
Thursday, July 17, Executive Director’s Suite
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: ACBDA Mixer $15 ($17)
Meet and mingle with other diabetics.  Light refreshments included.
 
American Council of Blind Families
President: Deanna Scoggins
Registration: $8 ($8)
 
Tuesday, July 15, Capri 112
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: ACB Families Bingo $5 ($8)
Fun for all ages!  See how many different ways there are to win at Bingo!  Lots of winners; lots of prizes!
 
Wednesday, July 16, Skybox 201
7:00 AM - 8:15AM: Families Breakfast & Meeting $15 ($15)
Book Lovers Unite!  Meet ACB Families and share books for kids’ and teens.  Action-packed and fun - open to all.

ACB Government Employees

President: Sarah Presley
Registration: $10 ($10)
 
Sunday, July 13, President’s Suite
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: ACBGE Mixer $14 ($14)
Past, present & future government employees network and socialize.
 
Thursday, July 17, Skybox 206
12:15 PM – 2:30 PM: ACBGE Luncheon and Business Meeting $30 ($30)
12:15 PM: Introductions and luncheon
1:15 PM: Dialogue between ACB Government Employees and ACB's Executive Director: Learn how ACB has been addressing concerns about Section 508 and other issues of importance to government employees.  Speaker: Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington Virginia
2:15 PM: Business meeting

ACB Human Service Professionals

President: Darian Slayton Fleming
Registration: $10 ($12)
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 201
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: ACBHSP Business Meeting
Where are we and where are we going?

American Council of Blind Lions

President: Kenneth Semien
Registration: $10 ($12)
Saturday, July 12, President’s Suite
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: ACB Lions Milly's Place, $15 ($15)
Share news from your local club; trade pins; friends, fun and snacks.
 
Sunday, July 13, Skybox 203
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: ACB Lions Board Meeting
 
Thursday, July 17, Capri 114
12:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Lions Luncheon $33 ($35)
Lion Noni Ribka, 2013 - 2014 District Governor, Lions District 46, Las Vegas, NV is the first Filipino – American to be elected district governor since 1938.  Come listen to this fascinating woman.

ACB Radio Amateurs

President: Steve Dresser
Registration: $5 ($7)
 
Thursday, July 17, Capri 106
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: ACB Radio Amateurs Annual Program and business meeting

American Council of Blind Students

President: Josh Pearson
Program Chair: Leslie Weilbacher
Registration: $5 ($7)
 
Saturday, July 12, Executive Director’s Suite
8:00 PM: ACB Students Welcome Party $8 ($10)
Food, fun and friendship!  Meet new people and get reacquainted with old friends.
 
Sunday, July 13
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: ACBS Business Meeting, Skybox 205
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM: ACBS Scholarship Winners’ Luncheon $28 ($30), Skybox 206
Celebrate the accomplishments of this year's national scholarship winners, the newest shining stars in the ACB galaxy.  Sponsored by ACBS and RSVA.
 
Monday, July 14, Grande G
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Dress for Success $6 ($8)
Learn the dos and don'ts of dressing like a pro.  Use your wardrobe to make a great first impression.  Sponsored by ACBS and Employment Committee.
 
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Storytelling During Interviews $6 ($8)
Back by popular demand!  Land the job of your dreams by mastering the increasingly popular behavioral interview.
Sponsored by ACBS and Employment Committee.
 
Tuesday, July 15, Skybox 202
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: ACBS Business Meeting
 
Thursday, July 17, Top of the Riv South
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM: ACBS Comedy Night $10 ($12)
End your week in Las Vegas on a high note.  Enjoy a great comedian, cash bar and our best raffle prizes yet!

Blind Information Tech Specialists

President: John McCann
Program Chair: Andrea Pitsenbarger
Registration: $15 ($17)
 
Multi-Session Event:
Saturday, July 12, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, BITS Suite
Saturday, July 12, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, BITS Suite
Sunday, July 13, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, BITS Suite
Sunday, July 13, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, BITS Suite
Monday, July 14, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, BITS Suite
Tuesday, July 15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, BITS Suite
BITS Windows 8.1 Hands-On Class $40 ($40)
Nationally recognized Assistive Technology trainer and author Cathy Anne Murtha, Marana, AZ, will present an overview of the Windows 8.1 operating system, with emphasis on the built-in enhanced Narrator screen-reader.  (Limit of 8 each session.)
Sunday, July 13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: BITS Accessible Apps for Social Media, Skybox 207
The most effective ways of accessing and interacting with social media.  Presenter: John McCann, BITS President,
Falls Church, VA.
 
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Vendor Showcase, Skybox 207
An overview of new products our Assistive Technology vendors are highlighting in the exhibit hall.
 
Monday, July 14
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Program, Skybox 207
Presenters: Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot, New York, NY; John Martyn, Computer Programmer and Scripter, My Blind Spot, Albuquerque, NM; Vita Zavoli, Accessibility Training Manager, My Blind Spot, San Leandro, CA; Richard P. Kelly, Access Training Consultant, My Blind Spot, Emmetsburg, IA.
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM: Bytes with BITS (in pkg) $15 ($17), Executive Director’s Suite
Meet up with old friends and make some new ones, snacks included.
 
Tuesday, July 15, Skybox 211
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Luncheon (in pkg) $32 ($35), Skybox 211
Speaker, Jeff Bishop, IT Accessibility Analyst, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ..  Annual business meeting at the conclusion of the luncheon.

Blind LGBT Pride International

President: Guillermo Robles
Program Chair: Don Brown
Registration: $20 ($20)
 
Multi-Session Event:
Monday, July 14, 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, BPI Suite
Tuesday, July 15, 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, BPI Suite
Wednesday, July 16, 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, BPI Suite
Thursday, July 17, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM, BPI Suite
Let the Wine Tasting Begin $20 ($20), (in BPI pkg)
Led by a wine consultant, learn about, experience and buy exclusive California artisan wines.  Food pairings included.  (Limit of 16 each session.)
 
Sunday, July 13, BPI Suite
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: BPI Viva Las Vegas Mixer $25 ($27),
(in BPI pkg)
Lots of Margaritas, a little salt and lime, viva Las Vegas - It's Party Time.
 
Monday, July 14,
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: From Myths and Stereotypes toward Inclusion and Equality, Skybox 205
This interactive workshop will focus on dispelling commonly held myths associated with people who are LGBT, emphasizing the commonalities the LGBT population shares with other groups.
 
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Expanding Employment Opportunities, Skybox 205
Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, provides an update of federal initiatives impacting LGBT people in the workplace and recently enacted disability-related employment initiatives.
 
7:00 PM: Annual Business Meeting and Elections, BPI Suite
 
9:00 PM: BPI Caucus, BPI Suite
 
Tuesday, July 15
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: The Color of Sunlight, Skybox 205
Michelle Alexander, Author of "The Color of Sunlight,” Registered Nurse, Patient Advocate, Missoula, MT, reflects upon her transformative experience as an RN with a blind, terminally ill, transgender patient in rural Montana.
 
10:00 PM: Board Transition Meeting, BPI Suite
 
Wednesday, July 16
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Tech Up and Tune In $8 ($10), Skybox 208
A panel of iOS device users demonstrate the basics of producing, downloading, storing, locating, and listening to digital music.  Moderator, Kevin Ratliff, Austin, TX.  Co-sponsored by FIA and BPI.
 
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Stepping Into Your Greatness! Skybox 205
Michelle Alexander, certified life coach, Missoula, MT, is a powerful speaker, heart-felt writer and educator.  She will discuss how our greatness comes from our experiences.  We thrive when we are living in integrity with our truth.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: BPI Night at the Movies $7 ($8),
Grande H
Behind the Candelabra (Audio Described).  Filmed at the Riviera, Michael Douglas plays the flamboyant, phenomenally successful Liberace, whose extravagant costumes, trademark candelabra, and elaborate stage shows made him the most bankable entertainer of his time.
 
Thursday, July 17, BPI Suite
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: BPI What's ‘Appenning?
This fun info-share workshop will give Android and iOS users an opportunity to demonstrate and exchange useful and fun apps for work, learning and play.
 
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: The Funniest Pleasure Party Yet $15 ($15)
A night of fun with refreshments, friends, laughter, and a small taste of “Passion Parties” products!  See, touch, and taste some of the top sellers.  Note: geared for LGBT and other adults only!  Products feature sexual content.
 
Friday, July 18, BPI Suite
10:00 PM: BPI Farewell, $10 ($12)
Bid a fond adieu to Las Vegas and look toward Dallas.

Braille Revival League

President: Judy Jackson
Program Chair: Susan Glass
Registration: $10 ($12)
 
Sunday, July 13
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: UEB Workshop $5 ($7), Skybox 209
Introductory workshop on the Unified English Braille Code.  Presenter: Judith M. Dixon, BANA Board member, Washington, DC.  Co-sponsored by BRL and BANA.
 
3:30 PM: BRL Board Meeting, Skybox 202
Tuesday, July 15
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: BRL International Breakfast $25 ($30), Capri 114
Learn about the innovative ways braille is being used around the world.  Moderator: Sandra Sermons, Rockville, MD.  Sponsored by BRL and IRC.
 
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BRL Program: Lifelong Benefits of Braille, Capri 106
Panelists and audience participants share stories of how braille literacy has proven to be essential to their careers and lives.  We hope to document these stories for online distribution and publication.  Panelists: Ralph Smitherman, BRL Secretary, Brandon, MS; Sandra Sermons, Contract Specialist, General Services Administration, Rockville, MD; and Susan Glass, retired English professor, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA.
 
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: BRL Business Meeting
 
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Scrambler and Commonology $7 ($10), Skybox 205
Ralph Smitherman, BRL Secretary, Brandon, MS, leads participants in two fun braille games.  Join us in support of BRL.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Capri 106
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: LUA / BRL / AABT Program
 
1:15 PM: Welcome: Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Marcia Dresser, President, American Association of Blind Teachers, Reading, MA.
1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book Narrator, Gabriella Cavallero, Talking Book Publishers, Inc., Denver, CO.
2:15 PM: BARD and Braille: An update on accessing braille NLS titles with refreshable Braille.  Presenter: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: One Book, One ACB
Discussion of “For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind,” by Rosemary Mahoney.  This educator and author describes her experiences teaching at a school for the blind in India.  Also profiles the founder of the school, Sabriye Tenberken.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Living with and Learning About the Future of Low Vision
President: Jim Jirak
Program Chair: Charles Glaser
 
Saturday, July 12, Skybox 201
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Pre-convention Board Meeting
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Nominating Committee
 
Sunday, July 13, Capri 112
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: CCLVI Program
9:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions, Jim Jirak, President, CCLVI, Omaha, NE.
9:15 AM: Dr. Bennett McAllister, optometrist, Chief of primary care, Western Health Sciences University, Claremont, CA, discusses latest research and treatments for many eye disorders including the benefits of vitamin therapy for macular degeneration, stem cells, gene therapy, and new medical treatments.
10:30 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Committee Reports
11:45 AM: Announcements
 
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: CCLVI Program
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: What's new in optical technologies for low vision.
Dr. Bennett McAllister, optometrist, Chief of primary care, Western Health Sciences University, Claremont, CA, discusses latest in low vision aids for people with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other causes of low vision.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: Continuation of Committee Reports
 
Monday, July 14
1:15 PM – 5:30 PM: CCLVI Technology Day, Capri 112
Moderator:  Charles Glaser, Stone Mountain, GA
1:15 PM: Julian Vargas, independent technology specialist, Los Angeles, CA discusses using an iOS device for orientation in unfamiliar surroundings.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: Exhibitors Showcase - Featuring ACB Exhibitors of Low Vision Aids.  Moderator: Kathy Casey, Albany, NY.
3:45 PM: Julian Vargas, independent technology specialist, Los Angeles, CA, discusses using an Android device for orientation in unfamiliar surroundings.
 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: CCLVI Game Night $10 ($12), Skybox 207
Be a contestant or a member of the audience and play "The Newlywed Game" and "Family Feud."
 
Tuesday, July 15, Capri 108
1:15 PM – 3:30 PM: CCLVI Business Meeting
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Post-convention Board Meeting
 
Wednesday, July 16, Capri 112
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Low Vision or Totally Blind, Who is King?
Relationships between people with different visual capabilities.  Moderator: Jim Jirak, CCLVI President, Omaha, NE.  Panelists: ACB members Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Teddie-Joy Remhild, Burbank, CA; Susan Kitazawa, San Francisco, CA; Ken Stewart, New York, NY.

Friends-In-Art

President: Peter Altschul
Program Chair: Lynn Hedl
Registration: $12 $15
 
Saturday, July 12, FIA Suite
7:00 PM: FIA Board Meeting
 
Sunday, July 13, FIA Suite
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: FIA Mixer/Showcase sign-up $18 ($20)
Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social, meet friends, and learn how to audition for this year's Showcase.
 
Monday, July 14
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Writers’ Workshop $4, ($5), FIA Suite
Writing with Feeling: Tools for Effective Communication.
Writing is an art that can transcend time and place.  Learn how to unlock your writing potential by injecting strength and confidence into your prose.  Presenter: Leah Gardner, performance poet, Hayward, CA.
 
2:45 PM - 5:30 PM: Showcase Audition and Rehearsal,
FIA Suite
No specific time slot needed.  Visit the FIA Suite during the audition time to rehearse your number for the FIA showcase.
 
9:00 PM: Prose and Poetry Reading $4, ($5), Capri 106
Writers are invited to read their original works to a receptive audience.  Moderator: Carla Hayes, McMurray, PA
 
Tuesday, July 15
12:15 PM: FIA Luncheon and Business Meeting $27, ($30), Capri 114
“It all started with Grandpappy.”  Speaker: John Dashney, internationally known storyteller and author, Salem, OR.
 
8:00 PM: Performing Arts Showcase $20 ($25), Top of the Riv
Experience a top quality Vegas show as talented ACB members entertain you.  Cash bar available during the performance.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Skybox 208
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Art Traditions Around the World $4 ($5)
Interactive panel discusses traditions and art experiences from countries in which they have lived or visited.  Moderator: Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.  Co-sponsored by FIA and IRC.
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Tech Up and Tune In $8, $10
A panel of iOS device users demonstrate the basics of producing, downloading, storing, locating, and listening to digital music.  Moderator: Kevin Ratliff, Austin, TX.  Co-sponsored by FIA and BPI.
 
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Singing Around the World $4, $5
Learn simple songs and rounds from around the world.
 
Thursday, July 17, FIA Suite
7:30 AM: FIA Board Meeting

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

President: Laurie Mehta
Program Chairs: Charlie Crawford and Betsy Grenevitch
Registration: $15 ($15)
 
Sunday, July 13
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: GDUI First-Timer Session, Capri 106
Tips for a less stressful experience for you and your dog.  Facilitators: Penny Reeder, Montgomery Village, MD; Jane Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD.
 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, Royale 5
Link up with guide dog instructors to learn your way around the hotel.
 
1:00 PM: Jane Sheehan’s Suite
Meet and greet members of the GDUI board of directors.
 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Royale 5
An introduction to products and services in the GDUI Suite; this information will make your visit to the suite more enjoyable and productive.
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: GDUI First-Timer Session, Capri 106
Tips for a less stressful experience for you and your dog.  Facilitators: Penny Reeder, Montgomery Village, MD; Jane Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD.
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, Royale 5
Link up with guide dog instructors to learn your way around the hotel.
 
Monday, July 14
7:00 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club
Meet in lobby for a short walk next door to the PepperMill Restaurant, featuring great, reasonably priced food (non-smoking).
 
1:15 PM – 4:15 PM: GDUI Opening Session, Royale 7
1:15 PM: Introductions, announcements, affiliate roundup, and welcome by ranking GDUI board member or convention delegate.
2:00 PM: Guide Dog School Updates
3:30 PM: Break
3:45 PM: Entering new environments, how to familiarize yourself with new places and pattern your dog, Rod Haneline, CPSO, Leader Dogs for the Blind Rochester, MI.
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Tellington T Touch $12 ($15), Royale 7
Learn the Tellington T Touch method to enhance the quality of your dog’s life.  Presenter, Corinne Cevaer-Corey, Touch Practitioner, LoveEnergyTouch for Pets, Santa Barbara, CA.
 
Tuesday, July 15
7:00 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club
Meet in lobby for a short walk next door to the PepperMill Restaurant, featuring great, reasonably priced food (non-smoking).
 
1:15 PM – 5:00 PM: GDUI Program, Royale 7
1:30 PM: Keeping our dogs healthy
A fast-paced discussion moderated by local veterinary staff.  Featured topics include flea and tick prevention, nutrition, aging dogs, herbal treatments, vaccinations, heartworm testing, and updates on recent viruses.
3:30 PM: Break
3:40 PM - 4:45 PM: Roundabouts, quiet cars and more.  Presenters: Chuck Jordan, Director of Program Services, Guide Dogs of America, Sylmar, CA; Lukas Franck, Senior Consultant Special Projects, Seeing
Eye, Morristown, NJ.
4:45 Legislation and Advocacy
Charlie Crawford, Chair GDUI Advocacy Committee, Silver Spring, MD
 
Wednesday, July 16
7:00 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club
Meet in lobby for a short walk next door to the PepperMill Restaurant, featuring great, reasonably priced food (non-smoking).
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: GDUI Lunch $30 ($32), Royale 7
Join the GDUI family for lunch and camaraderie.  Our speaker is Vickie Curley, Dog Behaviorist, Sergeantsville, NJ.  She will share her experiences as a puppy raiser and provide tips on how to get the best behavior from your guide dog.  Great door prizes!
 
2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus
 
7:30 PM: Dog Stories and More $5 ($7), Royale 5
Share humorous or moving stories about your guide dog.

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

President and Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Registration $6 ($8)
Sunday, July 13, RSVA Suite
10:00 PM -12:00 AM: RSVA / IVIE Mixer (in pkg) $15 ($20)
Join RSVA & IVIE for fun and refreshments; all are welcome.
 
Monday, July 14, Skybox 206
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: IVIE Breakfast and Business Meeting $23 ($26)
Join us for a delicious breakfast, then help us make important decisions during our annual business meeting.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Capri 114
12:15 PM: IVIE/Rehab Task Force Luncheon $30 ($32)
“Entrepreneurship for Newbies and Experts”
12:55 PM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks; Carla Hayes, IVIE President
1:00 PM: “Entrepreneurship: Is It For You?”
Ardis Bazyn, CEO, Bazyn Communications, Burbank, CA; Hi Suk Chae-Bean, Rehabilitation Counselor II, Las Vegas, NV
1:30 PM: “Taking Your Business to the Next Level,” Carla Hayes, CEO, Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA
1:50 PM: “Tips and Tricks from Those Who Know”
An open dialogue, business owners share strategies that make their businesses a success.
 
Thursday, July 17, Skybox 202
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: IVIE Business Expo
Blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions.

Library Users of America

President: Brian Charlson
Registration: $10 ($12)
Saturday, July 12, Skybox 204
5:30 PM: Pre-convention Board Meeting
 
Monday, July 14
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: LUA Program, Capri 106
1:15 PM: Welcome and Introductions
Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA
1:25 PM: Initiatives and Issues at NLS
Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: “Your Public Library, My Public Library”
A membership forum on the role of public libraries and blind and visually impaired patrons.  Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA; Nolan Crabb, Columbus, OH.
3:30 PM: Business meeting and elections
 
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM; Reading the Kindle Way $5 ($7), Capri 106
 
LUA and IAC demonstrate the pros and cons of reading with both the Kindle app for the iPhone and the Kindle Fire HDX.  Jane Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD; Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Capri 106
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: LUA / BRL / AABT Program
 
1:15 PM: Welcome: Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Marcia Dresser, President, American Association of Blind Teachers, Reading, MA.
1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book Narrator, Gabriella Cavallero, Talking Book Publishers, Inc., Denver, CO.
2:15 PM: BARD and Braille: An update on accessing braille NLS titles with refreshable Braille.  Presenter: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: One Book, One ACB
Discussion of “For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind,” by Rosemary Mahoney.  This educator and author describes her experiences teaching at a school for the blind in India.  Also profiles the founder of the school, Sabriye Tenberken.
 
4:00 PM: LUA Post-convention Board Meeting

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America

President: Dan Sipl
Program Chair: Ardis Bazyn
Registration $20 ($20)
Sunday, July 13,
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: RSVA Board Meeting, Skybox 202
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: RSVA Program, Skybox 211
1:30 PM: Welcome: Dan Sippl, RSVA President, Eau Claire, WI.  Roll call: Ardis Bazyn, RSVA Secretary, Burbank CA
1:40 PM: Drazen Elez, Bureau Chief, Business Enterprises of Nevada
2:00 PM: "Highlights from Nevada vendors"
Dick Saperstein, NCBV President, Minden, NV; Elizabeth Perring, Viva Vegas Vending, Las Vegas, NV; Bert Hansen, NCBV Vice President, Boulder City, NV.  Also recently BEN Certified trainees: Dustin Voinell, Pahrump, NV; Lee Weiss, Las Vegas, NV
2:30 PM: Customer service and management options, Ed Manley, E.H. Manley & Associates, Las Vegas, NV
3:00 PM:  Break
3:15 PM: "Accessible Quick Books," Presenters: Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot, New York, NY; John Martyn, Computer Programmer and Scripter, My Blind Spot, Albuquerque, NM; Vita Zavoli, Accessibility Training Manager, My Blind Spot, San Leandro, CA; Richard P. Kelly, Access Training Consultant, My Blind Spot, Emmetsburg, IA
3:45 PM: Medicare and how it affects your business.  Barbara Duckett, Area Training Specialist, Las Vegas Social Security District Office, Las Vegas, NV
4:10 PM: Micromarts - Pat McMullen, Vice President, Turnkey Corrections, Minneapolis, MN
4:40 PM: Resolutions / Constitution and Bylaws (first reading): Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, Burbank, CA
5:00 PM: Nominating Committee (delegates only)
10:00 PM -12:00 AM: RSVA / IVIE Mixer (in pkg) $15 ($20), RSVA Suite
Join RSVA & IVIE for fun and refreshments, all are welcome.
 
Monday, July 14
12:15PM - 5:30PM RSVA Luncheon (in pkg) $35 ($40), Skybox 211
12:15 PM: Welcome, Dan Sippl, President RSVA, Eau Claire, WI.  Luncheon Speaker: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
1:30 PM: Presentation of Awards, Eddie Turner, RSVA Awards Chair, Jackson, MS
2:30 PM: RSVA business meeting
5:00 PM: RSVA Caucus
 
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Viva Las Vegas Act 1 $20 ($25), Top of the Riv South
Listen to RSVA’s special Elvis Presley entertainer and have your picture taken with the king!
 
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM: Viva Las Vegas Act 2 $15 ($20), Top of the Riv South
Our DJ will be spinning records; come dance with RSVA.
 
Tuesday, July 15, RSVA Suite
12:15 PM – 2:30 PM: RSVA Presidents and Board Lunch

Visually Impaired Veterans of America

President: John Fleming
Registration: $10 ($10)
Tuesday, July 15, Skybox 201
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: VIVA Business Meeting
"Where do we go from here?"  Group discussion on what's next in the future of VIVA?  Officer elections will be held.

Other Meetings and Programs

Career Development

Monday, July 14
7:15 PM: Piano Technology: $5 ($7), Capri 107
The piano technology profession offers full / part-time employment opportunities.  Hands-on demonstrations; blind technicians answer your questions.  Door prizes.
 
Wednesday, July 16
7:00 AM: NIB Breakfast $10 ($15), Royale 7
Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about employment and the AbilityOne program.

Studies and Focus Groups

Saturday, July 12, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 13, 11:00AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
JPMorgan Chase is exploring two ways to potentially offer Braille information on all cards offered to customers.  including debit cards, credit cards, home equity cards, and commercial cards.  These focus groups will be used to share samples of both approaches and get your opinion about each option.  For additional information or to reserve a space in one of the focus groups contact donna.kelly@chase.com.  Location to be announced.
 
Monday, July 14 to Friday, July, 18, by invitation only:
Dr. Robert Englebretson, Professor of Linguistics, Rice University, a lifelong Braille reader, is conducting research on the cognitive and perceptual aspects of Braille reading.  This study is by invitation only; all slots have been filled and there is a waiting list.
 
Tuesday, July 15, Skybox 204
12:30 PM- 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM,
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: The Future of the TV Remote (by invitation only)
Help us direct the future of the TV remote.  A nationally known consumer research firm will hold small group discussions to solicit feedback on the future of remote control design.  If you have any questions regarding solicitations, email tv.remote.research@magid.com

Guide Dogs

Tuesday, July 15, Top of the Riv South
7:00 AM: Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast
GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle welcome.

Advocacy Issues

Monday, July 14 Top of the Riv North
7:00 AM: AFB Breakfast $10 ($10)
Staff will discuss AFB current initiatives; your feedback welcome.
 
Wednesday, July 16
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Your Rights and Responsibilities Under HIPAA $8 ($10), Caprl 116
This workshop will familiarize you with your privacy rights and responsibilities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as you access the health care system.  Bradley Richardson, Attorney, Vegas, Fennemore, Craig, Jones, and Vargas, Las Vegas, NV, will discuss your privacy rights as a consumer in the health care system.  Presented by NELDS, Advocacy Committee and the Health Issues Task Force.
 
4:15 PM: ACB Legislative Seminar $5 ($7), GrandEg
The latest information regarding pending and recently implemented legislative issues.  Eric Bridges, Director of External Affairs and Policy, American Council of the Blind, Arlington, VA.

Technology

Saturday, July 12
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Ai Squared Merger with GW Micro.  Special Window-Eyes offer to Office users, Capri 112
Learn about the Ai Squared merger with GW Micro and the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office.
 
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Everything you ever wanted to know about ZoomText, Capri 112
Learn all about ZoomText, ZoomText Mac, and Image Reader.
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Window-Eyes Apps and GWSocialEyes, Capri 112
Learn from Ai Squared staff all about Window-Eyes Apps.
 
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: ZoomText University - training options from Ai Squared, Capri 112
What is ZoomText University and the Window-Eyes Training Class?  Learn about all of the training options from Ai Squared.
 
Sunday, July 13
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: HIMS Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation with New Products, Skybox 204
Learn about Blaze EZ and the latest Braille Sense upgrade v8.1 and v8.2.
 
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Kurzweil 1000 Users Group Lunch, Capri 107
Kurzweil 1000; your questions answered.  We'll give away a Free HoverCam.  Contact George Robertson to register at George.Robertson@KurzweilEdu.com or 781-276-0630.  Hosted by Stephen Baum, Vice President of Engineering, Kurzweil Educational Systems.
 
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: HIMS Low Vision Innovation, Skybox 204
Another “First” from HIMS! See E-bot PRO and E-bot ADV, the first iPad and Android tablet compatible read, write and distance video magnifier with OCR, Wi-Fi and totally wireless! Also see our new CANDY 4 HD and CANDY 5 HD handheld video magnifiers.
 
Monday, July 14
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: HumanWare Makes Travel a Breeze! Capri 116
Let the Breeze talking GPS or the new KeyMap feature on the Apex guide you to new destinations and describe all that's around while discovering Vegas.
 
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Reception, Capri 114
Learn about a treatment option for Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.  Have your questions answered by a medical expert, as well as someone living with Non-24.
 
5:45 PM - 7:30 PM: BookShare Users Group, Capri 105
Bookshare Members: Take advantage of Bookshare's "Office Hours" at ACB!  Stop by to say hello, pick-up a special members-only gift, and get answers to your Bookshare-related questions.
 
7:15PM - 8:30PM Independence Science Workshop $7 ($7), Skybox 205
Revolutionary access to science for the visually impaired.  Learn about ways to conduct science activities with the use of both high-tech and low-tech solutions.  Hands-on activities will be conducted by workshop attendees.
 
Tuesday, July 15
4:15 PM – 5:30PM and 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Getting the Most from your Mobile Device: Live Demo Session with Sprint, Skybox 210.
Learn about accessibility features available on the latest Android and iOS mobile devices.  Hands-on training with subject matter experts from Sprint’s product development team.  Bring an Android or iOS mobile device for a more interactive experience.
 
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: HumanWare iConnect, Capri 116.
iConnect your BrailleNote Apex or the portable HumanWare Brailliant displays to iPhones, iPads, and PC's with your favorite screen reader.
 
Wednesday, July 16
5:45PM - 7:00PM: HumanWare, Why I Love My New Victor Stream, Capri 116
Meet with HumanWare experts to share your reading and listening experiences with the Stream's new wi-fi Internet radio feature.

Kids’ and Families

Kids’ Explorers Club:  Bring the kids’ (ages 6 to 12) for a great week of tours and fun in the Kids’ Explorer Club.  Games, crafts, swimming, and trips; every day is packed with fun.  Breakfast, lunch and snack included.  Open Sunday from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM, Monday through Thursday from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Friday from 8:15 AM until after the banquet.

Participants must register and pay the convention administrative fee before attending any events.  Discounted tickets for events may be purchased on the pre-registration form.

The Rules, Please Read: 

Parents must accompany kids’ to their first Kids’ Explorer Club event to sign required permission forms.  Necessary medications must be supplied each day.  Kids’ Explorer Club cannot accept participants who are medically fragile.  Parents will be expected to remove children who exhibit uncontrollable or highly inappropriate behavior.
Have questions?  Contact Janet Dickelman, ACB Convention Chair, at 651-428-5059.

Kids’ Explorers Club Activities

Sunday, July 13, Royale 8
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club
Meet Kids’ Club leaders and play games.  Snacks included.
 
Monday, July 14, Royale 8
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Sponsored by ACB Families.  At Pump It Up, kids’ will jump, slide and have a blast at this awesome indoor play space.  With a vertical Velcro jumper wall, 2 huge slides, an obstacle course, and a bounce house, this place is a ton of fun!  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming, and games.
 
Tuesday, July 15, Royale 8
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Discovery Children’s Museum offers over 100 hands-on exhibits on a variety of topics including arts, science, and culture.  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming, and games.
 
Wednesday, July 16, Royal 8
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Watch cool music videos and bowl to today’s hits at Red Rock Lanes.  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming, games.
 
Thursday, July 17, Royal 8
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $20($25)
At Circus Circus, Adventuredome features roller coasters and other rides, a climbing wall, mini golf, clown shows and arcade.  Includes breakfast, lunch, and swimming.
 
Friday, July 18, Royale 8
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM: Shark Reef $15 ($20)
Sharks, sharks and more sharks!  Come to the Shark Reef to see not only sharks, but a komodo dragon and green sea turtles.  The Shark Reef also has a “touch pool” with stingrays and horseshoe crabs in a 2,500-gallon saltwater interactive touch exhibit.  See sharks of all sizes from a 12-foot nurse shark to 1 1/2-foot baby zebra shark.

2014 Tours

Important Tour Information:  Please read the following information completely.  It will answer many of your tour-related questions and will help you have a more enjoyable tour experience.

  1. Without a green dot on your name tag, you will not be allowed on the tour bus.  The green dot indicates that you have signed the liability waiver.
  2. All tours buses will be located between the Royale Pavilion and the hotel main entrance.  Exit the doors across from the Front Desk, down the steps, and turn left.  Follow the sidewalk approximately 125 feet to board the buses.  If you are exiting from the Royale Pavilion, go down the steps, turn right, and down the sidewalk approximately 75 feet.
  3. Bus departure times for each tour are listed in this program.  Please be at the bus departure area and ready to board the bus 15 minutes prior to the listed departure times.  Arrival times back to the hotel are approximate.
  4. The first two rows of seats on both sides of the bus are reserved for the tour coordinators, volunteers and people with mobility difficulties.  If you sit in those seats, you will be asked to move.
  5. All buses are fully ADA-equipped.  If you have mobility difficulties, or use a wheelchair that requires the lift to access the bus, you MUST check the appropriate boxes on the pre-registration form in order for us to plan the necessary accommodations.  If you are able to transfer from a wheelchair into a bus seat, your chair will be placed under the bus for the duration of the ride.
  6. Indoor facilities are air-conditioned unless indicated, but many tours include significant outdoor time.  Dress appropriately and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, and water bottle for your comfort and safety.
  7. Space is limited on all tours.  ACB reserves the right to cancel a tour should ticket sales fall below required minimums.  Tickets will be collected at the bus.  Buses will not be delayed while forgotten tickets are retrieved.
  8. All return times are approximate.  If you have dietary scheduling concerns, bring a light snack in case we are unavoidably delayed.  We ask that you board the bus, quickly and safely to avoid delays.  We plan 15 minutes to load and unload the bus.  Please do not schedule back-to-back events based upon the return time of the tour, as we cannot plan for traffic and road condition delays.
  9. A limited number of volunteers will accompany each tour.  While they will help as much as possible, ACB volunteers are not personal guides or personal care attendants.  If you need individual help, plan to attend the tour with a friend who can provide the assistance you need.
  10. Most tour destinations are ADA-accessible.  Some tours that are NOT ADA-accessible may include long walks, steps, and steep grades.  Please communicate your questions or concerns ahead of time.
  11. Some tours may involve strenuous activities. If you have a medical condition that may limit your involvement or participation, please let us know ahead of time and use common sense when making your selections.
  12. The tour leader will have a list of all paid attendees and the waiting list for each tour.  The leader will be stationed at the door of the bus to take your ticket and record your attendance.  Please do not board the bus until the tour leader has completed this task.
  13. If registration for a tour exceeds its capacity, a waiting list is created based on the date and time your order was placed.  If you are on a waiting list, you will be asked to stand in a designated area to wait for your name to be called.  If you are not present when your name is called, the next person on the waiting list will be called to fill that seat.  You may not give your place on the waiting list to another person.
  14. If you arrive late with a ticket, or your name has already been called from the waiting list, your ability to secure a seat will be entirely dependent on the number of vacant seats remaining on the bus.  No one who has a ticket or has answered the call from the waiting list will be asked to give up their seat.
  15. If there is no waiting list, or if the waiting list has been satisfied, any remaining vacant seats will be sold to walk-up traffic.  Such vacant seats will be sold for cash only- a ticket will not be issued.  To purchase, you must have a valid name badge, a day pass for the current day, or other proof of registration.
  16. If you have paid for and are issued a tour ticket and do not appear at the designated time and place, no refund will be made.  If you are on a waiting list and are not able to get on the bus, the tour leader will report this to the registration office and you will be able to secure a refund the next day after the tour.  Should you not be present at the convention the day after the tour, or if the convention has ended, please call the Minneapolis office by July 31st to arrange for a refund via check or credit card.

Friday, July 11

6:30 AM – 10:30 PM: Grand Canyon West Rim $173 ($175)
(Due to the natural terrain, this tour is not ADA accessible.)  One of the Seven Wonders of the World, experience this hands-on tour to the Grand Canyon.  Visit Eagle Point, Guano Point, and the Hualapai Ranch along the west rim of the Grand Canyon.  Explore the flea market for hand-made jewelry, pottery and other gifts.  In the evening, take a wagon ride to the edge of the canyon or enjoy cowboy entertainment.  Lunch (roast beef sandwich, turkey/swiss sandwich, or black bean burger) and dinner will be served.  For an added charge of $27 (paid at the canyon), walk out on the all-glass “Skywalk” that projects from the canyon rim, 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor.
 
4:15 PM – 9:15 PM: Rat Pack is Back $103 ($105)
During the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin and the hottest act in town.  Go back in time and enjoy the “Rat Pack” again.  Hear timeless Rat Pack hits including "Luck Be a Lady,” "Lady is a Tramp," and "New York, New York."  Before the show, enjoy dinner at the All-American Bar and Grille.  Dinner will be served.

Saturday, July 12

6:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Sky Diving $197 ($200)
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will have you free falling at 120 mph while fastened to your jump instructor at 15,000 feet.  Free fall for several minutes before deploying the chute for the glide back to the ground.  This tour has a maximum weight limit of 240 lbs.
 
8:45 AM – 4:30 PM: Black Canyon Rafting $100 ($105)
Board a large, safe, motorized raft for this rare view of Hoover Dam.  Knowledgeable guides share the history of this magnificent geological area.  Stop along the shore to enjoy the cool, clear water.  This tour is not totally ADA accessible.  Bring sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
Lunch will be served.
 
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: City Bus Tour 1 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.

Sunday, July 13

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 2 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.
 
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sanders Family Wine Tour $40 ($45)
Visit a Tuscan Villa with all the charm of the Italian renaissance.  You will be welcomed by a statue of Teresa Lilianna, “The Wine Pourer.”  The long driveway brings you through the vineyards to the main tower entrance.  During a pizza lunch, Jack Sanders will speak about the history of the winery.  Taste award-winning wines, and walk through the vineyard and production area.  Purchase your favorite wines and enjoy their small gift shop.
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: City Bus Tour 3 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.
 
2:45 PM: Slot Tournament 1
Hosted by the Riviera in the slot tournament area, near the ABC Gift Store, and open to any ACB convention attendee.  Play free for one 10-minute session.  At the end of each round, scores will be tallied and the top 25 scores will win free slot play ranging from $15 to $500.

Monday, July 14

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Thrill Seeker Tour $53 ($55)
Take a one-minute elevator ride 113 floors to the top of the Stratosphere for two of the best thrill rides in Las Vegas. 
Big Shot: prepare to be shot 160 feet at 45 miles per hour down and back up again, in a matter of seconds!  Experience a gut-wrenching four G's of force on the way up, and negative G's on the way down.  Insanity: a massive arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere at a height of 900 feet.  This ride will spin you at speeds of up to three G's and tilt you straight down!
Then off to the New York, New York Casino to ride the Big Apple Coaster.  Get your thrills on the world's first coaster to feature a 180-degree twist and dive maneuver, providing you with heart-stopping action and excitement.
 
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Gondola Ride $33 ($35)
Romantic and relaxing, ride the gondola’s at the Venetian Hotel.  The canal winds its way through the hotel, passing shops, restaurants, and famous Venetian landmarks.  Gondoliers will charm you with stories and songs.

Tuesday, July 15

12:00 PM – 3:30 PM: AABT NBCF Tour $17 ($20)
The Nevada Blind Children's Foundation has a Braille library, a technology lab, a horizontal rock climbing wall, and much more!  Lunch is included.
 
1:15 PM – 5:15 PM Mob Museum $32 ($35)
The thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement, an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas.  True stories of Mob history are brought to life via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations, and more than 600 artifacts.  This is the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia.

Wednesday, July 16

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Atomic Museum $32 ($35)
The National Atomic Testing Museum showcases more than 12,000 unique artifacts.  Dynamic displays present the history of the nuclear bomb.  Experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast, learn about the numerous tests at the Nevada Test Site, and see the technology and science that took nuclear testing underground.  Discover how radiation is tracked, monitored, and measured, and learn how to survive an atomic blast.
 
12:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 1 $17 ($20)
For more than 100 years, the Mars family has shared their passion and time-honored tradition for chocolate-making. 
In 1981  Forrest Mars Sr., one of the founders of Mars, Inc., retired to Henderson, NV and created Ethel M. Chocolates as a tribute to his mother.  This tour features a short video but is mainly a chocolate lovers’ shopping experience.
 
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 2 $17 ($20)
For more than 100 years, the Mars family has shared their passion and time-honored tradition for chocolate-making. 
In 1981  Forrest Mars Sr., one of the founders of Mars, Inc., retired to Henderson, NV and created Ethel M. Chocolates as a tribute to his mother.  This tour features a short video but is mainly a chocolate lovers’ shopping experience.

Thursday, July 17

1:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Hoover Dam $52 ($55)
A behind-the-scenes tour of this massive concrete dam.  Presentations by Reclamation Guides, audio and film exhibits, and other media provide a comprehensive view of the dam and its operations.  The tour highlights many unique features and will take you to lesser known parts of the dam.  This tour is NOT accessible for visitors with wheelchairs or crutches, has small elevators and long stairs, and requires over a mile of walking.
 
2:45PM Slot Tournament 2
Hosted by the Riviera in the slot tournament area, near the ABC Gift Store, and open to any ACB Convention attendee.  Play free for one 10-minute session.  At the end of each round, scores will be tallied and the top 25 scores will win free slot play ranging from $15 to $500.

Saturday, July 19

7:30 AM- 2:00 PM: Richard Petty Experience $137 ($140)
Experience 3 laps of real life racing at 160mph!  Ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car.  Visit the garage for a hands-on tour of all the tools, jigs and tires that keep a NASCAR race car on the track.  Lunch will be served.
 
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Bonnie Springs Ranch $97 ($100)
Constructed in 1843 as a stopover for wagon trains traveling the Old Spanish Trail to California.  ACB will "take over" the town and have full access to the facility.  Cowboys and saloon girls will help us explore the town, the petting zoo, the gift shops, and the miniature train that will be available for rides.  Cowboys will have a “real” gun fight and public hanging.  Enjoy a chuck wagon style dinner with all the fixin’s at the town's saloon.  Feast on BBQ chicken and ribs, tossed salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, buttermilk biscuits, and apple pie & ice cream.

Recreation Zone

Chair: Oral Miller

Monday, July 14, Skybox 209

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Yoga with Leslie Spoone
Join Leslie Spoone, Orlando, FL, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer for yoga; open to all levels of experience.  Please bring a yoga mat or towel.  Co-sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.

Wednesday, July 16

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Goalball Demonstration, Skybox 206
Goalballs have bells and players are blindfolded.  Balls are rolled on tactile court.  Facilitator: James Devus, Executive Director, Blind Recreation Outreach, Columbus, OH.

Thursday, July 17, Skybox 209

5:45 PM 7:00 PM: Pilates with Leslie Spoone,
Learn about Pilates from Leslie Spoone, Orlando, FL, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer.  She will teach Pilates techniques for physical fitness.  This event is open to all. Co-sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.

More Convention Entertainment

You will be ready for a break and a little fun after all those workshops, seminars and business meetings.  Below are some activities and events that take place at the hotel.   For more fun ideas, see 2014 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.

Saturday, July 12

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Star Trek Fan Club $20 ($22), Kathryn Johnson’s Suite
Fun, food, music, raffle and prizes!  Play Let’s Make a Deal and Family Feud, while sampling Dianna Troy's chocolates.  Silent auction of sci-fi collectables and non-sci-fi gifts.  Bring items to stump the Let's Make a Deal judge.
 
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Nevada Welcome Party $12 ($15), Top of the Riv North
Sin City Sock Hop: Crazy socks optional!  Enjoy a variety of music played by a D.J.  There will be plenty of partners if you wish to dance the night away! Cash bar, snacks and door prizes.

Sunday, July 13

12:15 PM: Sports Fanatics’ Luncheon $18 ($20), Capri 114
Need your sports fix?  Come join your fellow sports lovers for a ballpark meal.  Speakers: Staci Mannella, Paralympic Alpine Skier, Randolph, NJ; Duke Sims, retired Major League Baseball Player, Las Vegas, NV.
 
3:00 PM: Newsreelers’ Get Together, $10 ($15) Skybox 201

Thursday, July 17, Grande H

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: 12 Years a Slave Described! $5 ($5)
2014 Academy Award winner for best film.  In the pre-Civil War U.S., Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty and unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles to stay alive, and retain his dignity.  His chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

2014 Exhibits

Sponsored by Freedom Scientific

The 2014 ACB / Freedom Scientific Exhibit Hall is filled with everything from jewelry to information resources to the latest in appliances and technologies designed especially for people who are blind and visually impaired.  Royale 1.
 
2014 ACB / Freedom Scientific Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, July 12, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday,July 13, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 14 – 15, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The following exhibitors were registered for the convention at the time the program went to press. The Show-Stopper Directory containing a complete list of exhibitors is available in braille or large print at the front of the Exhibit Hall; electronic copies available from the ACB / ATT Information Desk before 10:00 AM each day.

ABISEE, Inc.
ACB Store
ACB Students
AccessaMed
American Printing House for the Blind
AT Guys
BAUM Retec, Inc.
Braille Designs
Braulio Worldwide
Bureau of Engraving & Printing
Chicago Lighthouse
Duxbury Systems, Inc.
Elegant Insights Braille Creations
Enabling Technologies
Enhanced Vision
En-Vision America
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Freedom Scientific
Friends-In-Art
Gizmo Perfect
Google
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs of America
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Hadley School for the Blind
HIMS, Inc.
HumanWare
International Association of Audio Information Services
Irie-AT
Kurzweil Educational Systems
Lutheran Braille Workers
Maxi-Aids
MMS Program
My Blind Spot, Inc.
National Braille Press
National Library Service
Navajo Handmade Jewelry
Nevada Council of the Blind
Optelec
Perkins Products
Philmore Productions
Regions
Social Security Administration
Southeastern Guide Dogs
The Seeing Eye
Vanda Pharmaceutical
Verizon

ACB Marketplace

Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind

Visit these exciting tables full of jewelry, books, CDs, drawing tickets, and gift items.  ACB Marketplace is located in Grande D.  It is open Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.

Marketplace tables are available to individuals, chapters and affiliates, MLM reps, ACB committees and others.  It's a low-cost way to share your products or raise money for your chapter or affiliate.  For more information, and to find out if any spaces are available, contact Michael Smitherman at (601) 331-7740 or in the Exhibit Hall.

ACB Board of Directors

President: Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA
First Vice President: Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
Second Vice President: Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA
Secretary: Ray Campbell, Glen Ellyn, IL
Treasurer: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Immediate Past President: Mitch Pomerantz, Pasadena, CA
 
Directors:
Berl Colley, Lacey, WA
Sara Conrad, Stevensville, MI
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Michael Garrett, Missouri City, TX
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
John McCann, Falls Church, VA
Allan Peterson, Horace, ND
Patrick Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD
Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL
David Trott, Talladega, AL

ACB Board of Publications

Denise Colley, Chair, Lacey, WA
Ron Brooks, Phoenix, AZ
Marcia Dresser, Reading, MA
Doug Powell, Falls Church, VA

Ex Officios:
Ronald Milliman, Bowling Green, KY
Bob Hachey, Waltham, MA

ACB Enterprises and Services Board of Directors

Michael Garrett, Chair, Missouri City, TX
Mike Godino, Malverne, NY
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
David Trott, Talladega, AL

ACB National Office Staff

Melanie Brunson, Executive Director
Eric Bridges, Director of External Relations and Policy
Francine Patterson, Executive Assistant
Sharon Lovering, Editor, ACB Braille Forum
Tom Tobin, Director of Development

ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff

Lane Waters, Controller
Lori Sarff, Administrator
Nancy Becker, Administrator
Dee Theien, Reception/Administration

2014 Convention Coordinating Committee

Janet Dickelman, Chair, St. Paul, MN
Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX
Sally Benjamin, Tallahassee, FL
Michael Fulghum, Hermitage, TN
Vicky Prahin, Columbus, OH
Bruce Radtke, Bellingham, WA
Michael Smitherman, Jackson, MS
Carla Ruschival, Officer Liaison, Louisville, KY
Lane Waters, Staff Liaison, Minneapolis, MN

2014 Convention Program Committee

Kim Charlson, Chair, Watertown, MA
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Rick Kuhlmey, Las Vegas, NV
Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
Cindy Van Winkle, Bremerton, WA
Melanie Brunson, Staff Liaison, Arlington, VA

2014 Local Host Committee

Rick Kuhlmey, Chair, Las Vegas, NV
Carol Ann Ewing, Co-Chair, Las Vegas, NV
Ken Barber, Las Vegas, NV
Olga Barber, Las Vegas, NV
Chuancy Chansler, Pahrump, NV
Richard Dortch, Las Vegas, NV
Karen Eastman, Henderson, NV
Karen Haymen, Las Vegas, NV
Jim Kvool, Las Vegas, NV
Kim Lattin, Reno, NV
Lori Moroz-White, Las Vegas, NV
Hannah Peters, Las Vegas, NV
Elizabeh Pohe, Boulder City, NV
Kae Pohe, Boulder City, NV
Kathy Welsh, Pahrump, NV
In Memory of Anita Stone, 10/18/13, Las Vegas, NV

2014 Conference and Convention Calendar

Thursday, July 10

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103

Friday, July 11

6:30 AM - 10:30 PM: Grand Canyon West Rim
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Leadership Institute, Capri 114
4:15 PM – 9:15 PM: Rat Pack is Back

Saturday, July 12

6:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Sky Diving
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:45 AM – 4:30 PM: Black Canyon Rafting
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: ACB Café: Grande C
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: ACB Pre-convention Board Meeting, Capri 105
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Ai Squared Merger with GW Micro, Capri 112
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Windows 8.1 class, BITS Suite
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Everything you ever wanted to know about ZoomText, Capri 112
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: City Bus Tour 1
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: The ADA and Fixed Route Transportation, Capri 116
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall: Royale 1
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: 411 From The IAC, Grande G
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Windows 8.1 Class, BITS Suite
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Window-Eyes Apps and GWSocialEyes, Capri 112
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: In the Right Place at the Right Time, Capri 116
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: CCLVI Board Meeting, Skybox 201
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: NELDS Board Meeting, President's Suite
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: ZoomText University - Training Options from Ai Squared, Capri 112
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: RDC Workshop, Grande G
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Constitution and Bylaws, Skybox 203
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Reception for Oral Miller, Executive Director's Suite
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Keys to the Convention, Capri 106
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Star Trek Fan Club, Kathryn Johnson’s Suite
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, Royale 7
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: LUA Board Meeting, Skybox 204
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: ACB Exhibitor's Reception (by invitation only), President's Suite
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Scholarship Winners’ Dinner (by invitation only), Skybox 206
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM: AAVIA Board Meeting, Executive Director's Suite
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: FIA Board Meeting, FIA Suite
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: BITS Board Meeting, BITS Suite
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Nevada Welcome Party “Sin City Sock Hop,” Top of the Riv North
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: ACB Students Welcome Party, Executive Director's Suite
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM: RSVA Mixer (by invitation only), RSVA Suite
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: ACB Lions Milly's Place, President's Suite

Sunday, July 13

6:30 AM - 9:00 AM: ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Registration Capri 103
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast Meeting, Skybox 206
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: CCLVI Program, Capri 112
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Exhibits, Royale 1
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Jewish Service, Capri 106
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM: ACB Lions Board Meeting, Skybox 203
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: BITS Windows 8.1 Class, BITS Suite
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 2
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sanders Family Wine Tour
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: BITS Program, Skybox 207
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Pedestrian Safety Concerns, Capri 105
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: RSVA Board Meeting, Skybox 202
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Nondenominational Church Service, Royale 7
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: HIMS Tech Session, Skybox 204
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: ACBS Business Meeting, Skybox 205
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Board of Publications, Capri 105
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: LDS Sacrament Service, Capri 106
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: ACB Committee Chairs Meeting, Skybox 209
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: ACBHSP Business Meeting, Skybox 201
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: GDUI First Timers, Capri 106
11:30 AM Kurzweil 1000 Users Group Lunch, Capri 107
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, Royale 5
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM: ACB Students Scholarship Luncheon, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Sports Fanatics’ Luncheon, Capri 114
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: All Things Paratransit, Capri 105
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: UEB BRL Workshop, Skybox 209
1:00 PM: Meet GDUI Board Members, Jane Sheehan’s Suite
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: City Bus Tour 3
1:00 PM- 6:00 PM: ADP Conference, Grande H
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Credentials Committee Meeting, Skybox 201
1:15 PM - 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program, Skybox 210
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: ACBDA Seminar, Skybox 205
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Vendors Showcase, Skybox 207
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM: BOP Town Hall Meeting, Grande G
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: BITS Windows 8.1 Class, BITS Suite
1:30 PM: BITS Vendor Showcase, Skybox 207
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: CCLVI Program, Capri 112
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: RSVA Meeting, Skybox 211
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Keys to the Convention, Capri 106
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: GDUI Program, Royale 5
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, HIMS Tech session, Skybox 204
2:45 PM – 5:45 PM: Slot Tournament 1
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: ACBGE Mixer, President's Suite
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: BPI Viva Las Vegas, BPI Suite
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: GDUI First Timers, Capri 106
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: BRL Board Meeting, Skybox 202
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Newsreeler Get Together, Skybox 201
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: FIA Mixer, FIA Suite
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, Royale 5
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: 2014 ACB iOS App Swap, Capri 114
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: CCLVI Mixer, President's Suite
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: How Tweet It Is, Capri 114
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: ACB Marketplace: Grande D
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: 53rd Opening General Session, Grande A
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club, Royale 8
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM: RSVA/IVIE Mixer, RSVA Suite
11:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201

Monday, July 14

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, meet in lobby
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM: IVIE Breakfast, Skybox 206
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: AFB Breakfast, Top of the Riv North
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Grande D
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Grande A
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club, Royale 8
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall, Royale 1
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: AAVL Lunch, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: MCAC Lunch and Program, Capri 114
12:15 PM - 5:30 PM: RSVA Lunch and Program, Skybox 211
12:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Thrill Seeker Tour
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: ADP conference, Grande H
1:15 PM - 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program, Skybox 210
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Dress for Success, Grande G
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Program, Skybox 207
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: BPI From Myths and Stereotypes Toward Inclusion and Equality, Skybox 205
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: CCLVI Program, Capri 112
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: FIA Writing with Feeling, FIA Suite
1:15 PM - 5:30 PM: GDUI Program, Royale 7
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: LUA Program, Capri 106
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: BITS Windows 8.1 Class, BITS Suite
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Gondola Ride
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: BPI Expanding Employment Opportunities, Skybox 205
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Storytelling While Interviewing, Grande G
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
2:45 PM - 5:30 PM: FIA Showcase Auditions, FIA Suite
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Deafblind in the Workforce, Capri 105
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: WCC Planning for the Future, Skybox 209
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Education Technology Showcase, Skybox 202
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Skybox 203
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Reading the Kindle Way, Capri 106
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: Yoga with Leslie Spoone, Skybox 209
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM: ACB Nominating Committee Meeting, Grande G
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: Vanda Reception, Capri 114
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM: BookShare Members Gathering, Capri 105
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: HumanWare Makes Travel a Breeze, Capri 116
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: BPI Business Meeting, BPI Suite
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: GDUI Tellington T Touch, Royale 7
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Gospel Sing, Top of the Riv North
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Piano Technology, Capri 107
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Independence Science Workshop, Skybox 205
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM: RSVA Viva Las Vegas, Top of the Riv South
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: CCLVI Game Night, Skybox 207
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM: Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Get Social with SASI, President's Suite
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Bytes with BITS, Executive Director's Suite
9:00 PM: BPI Caucus, BPI Suite
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: FIA Prose And Poetry, Capri 106

Tuesday, July 15

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: BRL International Breakfast, Capri 114
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, meet in lobby
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: GDB Alumni Breakfast, Top of the Riv South
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Grande D
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club, Royale 8
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Grande A
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Exhibits, Royale 1
12:00 PM – 3:30 PM: AABT NBCF Tour
12:15 PM - 5:30 PM: AAVIA Lunch and Program, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BITS Lunch and Program, Skybox 211
12:15 PM - 2:45 PM: FIA Lunch and Meeting, Capri 114
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: RSVA Presidents Meeting, RSVA Suite
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Future of TV Remote, Skybox 204
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM: ADP Conference, Grande H
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: ACBS Business Meeting, Skybox 202
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: BPI The Color of Sunlight, Skybox 205
1:15 PM – 5:15 PM: Mob Museum
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: BRL Program, Capri 106
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM: CCLVI Business Meeting, Capri 108
1:15 PM - 5:30 PM: GDUI Program, Royale 7
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Future of TV Remote, Skybox 204
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: ACB Families Around Town, Capri 107
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Are High School Grads Ready, Grande G
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: VIVA Business Meeting, Skybox 201
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Windows 8.1 Class, BITS Suite
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Future of TV Remote, Skybox 204
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: BRL Scrambler and Commonology, Skybox 205
4:15 PM - 6:30 PM: Affiliates Leveraging Rehab, Grande G
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Getting the Most From Your Mobile Device, Skybox 210
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Future of TV Remote, Skybox 204
5:45 PM - 7:30 PM: Constitution and Bylaws, Skybox 203
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Voices From Around the World, Capri 114
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: HumanWare iConnect your Braille Displays, Capri 116
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: California Caucus, Capri 107
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Four Corners Caucus, Capri 105
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: New England, Maryland, Florida Caucus, Capri 106
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Getting the Most From Your Mobile Device, Skybox 210
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Scholarship Winners Reception, President's Suite
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: ACB Families Bingo, Capri 112
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM: FIA Performing Arts Showcase, Top of the Riv
10:00 PM: BPI Board Transition Meeting, BPI Suite
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM: Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201

Wednesday, July 16

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, meet in lobby
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: NIB Breakfast, Royale 7
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: ACB Families Breakfast, Skybox 201
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Grande D
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Grande A
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club, Royale 8
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: ADP Institute, Grande H
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Exhibits, Royale 1
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: ACBDA Lunch Meeting, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: GDUI Lunch and Meeting, Royale 7
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: IVIE / Rehab Task Force Lunch, Capri 114, 115
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Atomic Museum
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 1
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: BPI - Stepping into Your Greatness, Skybox 205
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: CCLVI Program - Who is King?, Capri 112
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: FIA / IRC Art Traditions from Around the World, Skybox 208
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: LUA / ABRL / AABT Program, Capri 106
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 2
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: BPI and FIA Tech Up and Tune In, Skybox 208
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM:  Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus, Royale 7
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: PR Committee - Special Events that get Results, Skybox 209
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: FIA/AABT - Singing Around the World, Skybox 208
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: LUA Board Meeting, Capri 106
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Want to Know About HIPAA?, Capri 116
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Legislative Seminar, Grande G
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: AAVL Musical Mixer, Executive Director's Suite
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Midwest Caucus, Capri 106
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Mid South Caucus, Capri 107
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: HumanWare - Why I Love my New Victor Stream, Capri 116
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Goalball Demonstration, Skybox 206
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM: ACB Auction, Top of the Riv
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM: BPI Audio Described Movie – Behind the Candelabra, Grande H
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM:  GDUI Dog Stories and More, Royale 5
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM:  Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201

Thursday, July 17

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: ACBNY Members Breakfast and Caucus, Skybox 206
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Washington State Members Breakfast, Capri 114
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Grande D
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: FIA Board Meeting, FIA Suite
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Grande A
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorer Club, Royale 8
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: ADP Institute, Grande H
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: ACBGE Lunch Program, Skybox 206
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Lions Lunch, Capri 114
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: IVIE Business Expo, Skybox 202
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: ACB Radio Amateurs Program and Business Meeting, Capri 106
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM, Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, BOP Town Hall Meeting, Capri 105
1:30 PM - 6:15 PM: Hoover Dam
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: BPI What's ‘Appening, BPI Suite
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Slot Tournament 2
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Curious about Life Coaching?, Capri 116
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: ACB Membership Development Seminar, Grande G
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: How is the Schedule Today? Capri 116
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, ACB Affiliate Presidents Meeting, Grande G
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Durward K. McDaniel First Timers' Mixer, President's Suite
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Pilates with Leslie Spoone, Skybox 209
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Missouri Caucus, Capri 106
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: BOP Candidates’ Forum, Grande A
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: ACB Film Night - 12 Years a Slave, Grande H
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: ACBDA Mixer, Executive Director's Suite
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: ACBS Comedy Night, Top of the Riv South
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM: BPI the Funniest Pleasure Party Yet (Adults Only!), BPI Suite
9:30 PM - 5:00 AM: Resolutions Committee, Skybox 201

Friday, July 18

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Sister Power Breakfast, Grande G
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Grande D
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM: ACB Café, Grande C
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Registration, Capri 103
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: ACB General Session, Grande A
8:15 AM - 9:30 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club, Royale 8
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: ADP Institute, Grande H
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: ACB Life Member Reception, Grande G
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: ACB Banquet, Top of the Riv
10:00 PM: BPI Farewell Celebration, BPI Suite

Saturday, July 19

7:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Richard Petty Driving Experience
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: ACB Post-convention Board Meeting, Capri 105
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Bonnie Springs Ranch Tour

2014 Ad Pages

Future Forms Braille Paper

Bringing Braille Paper to you Direct from the Factory
 
Producing Braille paper since 2001, Future Forms offers you factory direct pricing on the highest quality Braille paper. Because we are the manufacturer our pricing is the best in the industry. We can also provide custom items to fit your specific needs for all types of printers and embossers.
Future Forms is part of one of the top business printers in the U.S. with four manufacturing plants throughout the Midwest and East.
 
In addition to stocking continuous feed Braille paper, we can produce custom products to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s a custom size Braille paper or a printed item, we have the equipment to produce it.

  • Volume Discount Pricing for Large Orders
  • Free Matter for the Blind Shipping
  • Custom Sizes and Custom Printing Available
  • Cut Sheet and Roll Products in addition to Fan-Folded
  • Only the Best Quality Tag Weight, Dust Free Paper

Contact us today at: terri@pummill.com or call 1-800-748-0235
Visit our web site at: www.futureforms.com
Locations in: Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Iowa
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Jobs.

Independence.
Empowerment.
 
Providing employment, training, and opportunities for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities since 1918.
 
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
www.thelighthousefortheblindinc.org
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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Over 50 Years of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
 
“My Guiding Eyes dog is my companion, my eyes, and most of all, a true and devoted friend.”

  • Residential Training
  • Home Training
  • Special Needs Training
  • ACTION (Accelerated Client Training Option)
  • O&M Seminars

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Spring Rd.
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
Phone: (914) 245-4024 or 1-800-942-0149
Email: info@guidingeyes.org
Web: www.guidingeyes.org
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Braille Sense v8.2 . . . It’s Awesome!

New Programs and Features that YOU Asked For

  • Facebook Client - Post on timelines, accept friend requests, comment on posts and more!
  • Macro Manager - Automate your own complex key sequences into just a couple of key strokes to make your own handy shortcuts.
  • Record in DAISY - Insert headings, marks, phrases, . and pages.
  • CSV Support - Import and export CSV files. This combined with our Excel viewer makes Braille Sense the most capable notetaker for spreadsheets and databases!
  • User/Teacher Selectable Lock-Out - Password lock access to Wi-Fi and other applications for test taking and other content-sensitive activities.

Visit our booth to try the new features everyone is talking about!

HIMS

Call 888-520-4467
www.hims-inc.com
4616 W Howard Lane
Suite 960
Austin, TX 78728
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Adobe Accessibility

Adobe® PhoneGap™ makes it easy for mobile app developers to build accessible, cross-platform apps.
 
Learn more at: www.adobe.com/accessibility
 
Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
© 2014 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
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NIB

National Industries for the Blind
Deal us in.
 
For more than five decades, National Industries for the Blind and the American Council of the Blind have proudly shared a common mission of increasing the independence of people who are blind.
 
Learn more at NIB.org.
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Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a proud sponsor of the 2014 ACB national convention.
 
Join us in the exhibit hall for hands-on demonstrations of our latest innovations, give-aways, and more!
 
Onyx Deskset HD
Portable Video Magnification System
 
Focus Blue
Wireless Braille Displays
 
Power 1-2-3 is here! Effortlessly switch between connected devices.
 
JAWS for Windows
Screen Reading Software
www.FreedomScientific.com
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School of Piano Technology for the Blind

Founded by Emil B. Fries in 1949
 
Piano Technology Career Clinic
Monday, 7:15 – 8:30PM
Independence + Profitability + Opportunity
 
Join us all week at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind exhibit booth and discover the viable profession of piano tuning and technology. Featuring small class sizes and hands-on-instruction, we are the only post-secondary school in the world dedicated to teaching piano tuning and technology to blind students. Learn about the independence, benefits and qualifications of this profession directly from blind technicians around the country.
 
Demonstration and one-on-one instruction is available for those who are interested.  Workshops not convenient?  Arrange for an individual appointment. Contact Loren Buntemeyer (785) 842-1370 or Jeff Lann (503) 803-2395 for more information.
 
School of Piano Technology for the Blind – Toll free (888) 693-1511
website: www.pianotuningschool.org
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Horizons for the Blind

Horizons for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. We transcribe billing statements, restaurant menus, hotel guides, user manuals and more in braille, large print and audio formats. We also offer a catalog of over 500 items, including braille and large print cookbooks, books on crafts, gardening and easy reading, microwave cookware and baking pans with accessible instructions, plus a unique selection of convenient living products, with transcribed instructions. Check out our online catalog or contact us for a free braille or large print catalog.
 
Don’t forget the Directions for Me™ website! Directionsforme.org provides preparation instructions, ingredients, nutrition information and other important information for nearly 500,000 food, health and beauty products, in an easy to use, accessible format... AND it’s free! In addition, unleash the power of Directions with our new barcode scanner, also available in our catalog.
 
Horizons for the Blind,
125 Erick St. - A10
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
www.horizons-blind.org
www.directionsforme.org
815-444-8800
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NEW PRODUCTS ALERT!

Visit our booth to see the new products everyone is talking about!
 
Blaze EZ, a revolutionary pocket-sized multi-player with OCR and Wi-Fi for books, music, documents, podcasts, recording, DAISY and more!
 
E-bot, E-bot ADV and E-bot PRO, the first iPad compatible portable reading, writing and distance video magnifiers... with OCR
 
Built-in Wi-Fi makes E-bot Totally Wireless!
 
HIMS
Call 888-520-4467
www.hims-inc.com
4616 W Howard Lane
Suite 960
Austin, TX 78728

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meaningful connection

Wired. Wireless. At AT&T, we establish meaningful connections in a lot of ways. One way is  our support of the American Council of the Blind.
 
Rethink Possible.
© 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.

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Sprint is committed to delivering user-friendly, accessible phones for customers with vision loss.

Kyocera Verve
Available in gray and berry

  • Accessible web browser
  • Text-to-speech readout for menus, text messaging, and notifications
  • High-contrast user interface with black and white option to accommodate a variety of vision ranges
  • Large, tactile keypad plus slide out QWERTY
  • Large text feature, multiple font sizes
  • Vibrating and LED alerts
  • In Case of Emergency (ICE) and 911 shortcut keys

Sprint
Happy Connecting
sprintaccessibility@sprint.com
Sprint Customer Care: 855-885-7568
 
See store material or sprint.com for details. Restrictions apply. © 2014 Sprint. Sprint and the logo are trademarks of Sprint. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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Weight Watchers® proudly supports the American Council of the Blind.

weightwatchers
© 2014 Weight Watchers International, Inc., owner of the WEIGHT WATCHERS registered trademark. All rights reserved.
 
The ACB Lions are elated to be a Coral Sponsor and extends a grand welcome to the two ACB Scholarship recipients who have been given the opportunity to attend the ACB Conference & Convention.   We invite all convention attendees to explore our activities and join us as we celebrate our 43rd Anniversary.  Get to know the progressive group of blind Lions who are determined to make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate as we initiate and participate in community service projects.  Check your convention program for our list of events that begins on Saturday July 12th and will continue through Thursday July 17th.  We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your stay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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RSVA

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America promotes the expansion of Randolph-Sheppard opportunities and the welfare of blind vendors nationwide who are engaged in the operation of vending machine facilities, cafeterias, military dining contracts, snack bars, and other retail businesses.  RSVA is proud to sponsor the ACB Scholarship dinner and ACBS scholarship luncheon.

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Celebrating 30 Years

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
 
By the touch of a finger... behold the world! ©
 
Contact us for a free catalog with over 1,200 low-cost braille books for infants to teens
 
We offer a unique selection of braille jewelry and gift items
 
Shop on our website 24 hours a day
 
info@seedlings.org
www.seedlings.org
14151 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154
1-800-777-8552

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Talking Thermostats.com welcomes all delegates to the 2014 ACB National Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Please contact us to learn how the VIP Talking Thermostat will allow you to live more independently. We provide comfort solutions for people who are blind or have low vision.
 
Harry Cohen   Talking Thermostats.com
Toll free 1-800-838-8860   www.talkingthermostats.com

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IAAIS International Association of Audio Information Services

Bringing audio access to print information
 
Contact IAAIS.ORG for an audio information service near you
1-800-280-5325
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AdaptiveWare:

Phone: 615-884-8904; 800-470-7482
email: Kathy@AdaptiveWare.net, www.AdaptiveWare.net
Web: www.AdaptiveWare.net; Assistive technology to meet your needs and budget!

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A commitment to access

JPMorgan Chase & Co.
 
We proudly support the American Council of the Blind in their mission to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
 
©2014 JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Hetlioz™

(tasimelteon) capsules
20 mg
 
HETLIOZ™ Is Here
Come visit the Vanda Pharmaceuticals booth to learn about HETLIOZ™ (tasimelteon).  For more information about HETLIOZ™, call 1-844-HETLIOZ (1-844-438-5469)
or visit www.HETLIOZ.com.
 
Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
VANDA and HETLIOZ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
© 2014 Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. All rights reserved. HET0149 05/14