2015 Conference and Convention Program


ACB
Where the Stars Shine Bright

colorful photo of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel

54th Annual National
Conference & Convention
American Council of the Blind
and
Special-Interest Affiliates
Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
July 3 — 11, 2015
Kim Charlson, President
 
Hosted by ACB of Texas
Kenneth Semien Sr., President


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Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to raising awareness of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24) and supporting the blindness community. Non-24 is a rare circadian rhythm disorder affecting up to 70% of people who are totally blind. People living with Non-24 experience excessive daytime sleepiness and nighttime sleeplessness, which leads to impaired social and occupational functioning. This is due to the misalignment between the internal master body clock and the 24-hour day.

Come visit us at our booth to learn about Non-24 and sign up for additional information!
 
Call a health educator toll-free at 1-855-856-2424. 24 hours a day, every day.
 
Non-24
a circadian rhythm disorder
Visit us online at www.Non-24.com.
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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.
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The American Council of the Blind would like to sincerely thank Google for their support of the 2015 Conference and Convention as a Diamond Sponsor.
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Comcast’s Accessibility Customer Support Center
XFINITY® customers who rely on key services – including closed captioning, video description and voice guidance – now have direct access to a specially trained customer support team dedicated to resolving issues of importance to our customers with disabilities.
Customers can reach the center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 a.m. (Eastern time), seven days a week.
Phone: 855-270-0379
E-mail: accessibility@comcast.com
Web: Comcast.com/accessibilitysupport
Accessibility.
Comcast.
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American Thermoform Corporation

 
Get Braille Paper, Braille Labels and more!
* 10% off on your first order!
 
Get the best Braille Paper, Braille Labels, tactile graphic paper and more with products from American Thermoform Corporation.
 
With endless size, weight and format options you can be assured to find just what you need! If not, contact American Thermoform and they will be happy to make it for you!

  • Braille Paper – continuous tractor, cut-sheet and roll formats
  • Braille Labels – continuous tractor and cut-sheet formats
  • Thermoform (Brailon) and Swell-Touch paper
  • PolyCovers – clear, rigid, pre-punched plastic for book covers

Braille Paper:
American Thermoform Corporation teamed up with paper specialists to develop a high-quality Braille paper in continuous, cut-sheet and roll formats that can hold up to the heavy demands of Braille productions. The paper is sourced from a single mill so the quality never varies and it is acid free and generates minimal paper dust making it ideal for extended Braille embossing.
 
Braille Labels:
Developed specifically for Braille production, these labels are perfectly clear and designed with a special adhesive that will not clog the printing pins and doesn’t generate static electricity, which can ultimately lead to embossing issues. The Braille is embossed onto the label, cut to size by the user, and will adhere to nearly every surface. This material is ideal for book titles, labeling shelves, canned goods, and identifying objects at home, school or office.
 
Contact:
Email: sales@americanthermoform.com
Phone: (909) 593-6711, (800) 331-3676
Fax: (909) 593-8001
www.americanthermoform.com
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We are proud to now offer the Sony Entertainment Access System at Regal Theatres nationwide.
 
Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Cinemas
United Artists Theatres
Edwards Theatres
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AccessNote©

The Revolution Continues!
 
NOW available for Android
NOW available for iPad
NEW features & improvements
NOW completely FREE!
 
AccessNote© is the popular notetaker app from the American Foundation for the Blind. It’s optimized for use with a wireless keyboard and today’s wireless braille displays.
 
Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
 
AFB
American Foundation for the Blind®
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Over 50 Years of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
 
When I walk down the street with my Guiding Eyes dog, I am blind, yet I am safe. I am free.

  • 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, 800.942.0149
Email: info@guidingeyes.org
Web: www.guidingeyes.org

2015 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 photo ads are in the .pdf format.

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ACB Conference Gems

Many, many thanks to our 2015 corporate sponsors.  Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Look for the 2015 corporate sponsors on www.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

Diamond Sponsor:

  • Google – Future Leaders

Emerald Sponsors:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Information Desk & the Lone Star Auction
  • Verizon – Conference Registration

Ruby Sponsors:

  • Comcast – General Sessions
  • HumanWare – ACB Radio
  • Regal Cinemas – Kids’ Explorers Club
  • Sprint – Conference Volunteer Service

Onyx Sponsors:

  • Adobe – Performing Arts Showcase
  • AT&T – ACB Café
  • Buell Fund – Recreation Zone
  • Facebook – Interpreter Services
  • Freedom Scientific – ACB Newspaper
  • National Industries for the Blind – Exhibit Hall

Topaz Sponsors:

  • ACB Lions – ACB Students
  • Hawaii Association of the Blind – Travel for International Guest

Coral Sponsors:

  • Cigna HealthSpring – One day of General Session
  • Law Office of Lainey Feingold/Linda Dardarian, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho – Scholarship Reception
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America – Scholarship Winners’ Dinner and Luncheon

Pearl Sponsors:

  • ACB Families – Monday at Kids’ Explorers Club
  • Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – Braille Menus / Local Restaurants
  • HIMS, Inc. – ACB Café, Sunday
  • Lighthouse for the Blind Seattle – Career Development Workshop
  • LUA – NLS Talking Book Narrator
  • Maxi-Aids – ACB Café, Monday
  • Cigna HealthSpring – One day of General Session
  • Law Office of Lainey Feingold/Linda Dardarian, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho – Scholarship Reception
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America – Scholarship Winners’ Dinner and Luncheon

Pearl Sponsors:

  • ACB Families – Monday at Kids’ Explorers Club
  • Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – Braille Menus / Local Restaurants
  • HIMS, Inc. – ACB Café, Sunday
  • Lighthouse for the Blind Seattle – Career Development Workshop
  • LUA – NLS Talking Book Narrator
  • Maxi-Aids – ACB Café, Monday

From the President

Dear Conventioneers:

I want to welcome everyone to the 54th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind here in exciting Dallas, Texas.  I am looking forward to presiding over my second convention as president of ACB, and to speak with so many members and guests from across the country and, in fact, from around the world.
 
The theme of the 2015 convention is "ACB: Where the Stars Shine Bright.”
 
This is a great theme for this year's convention since we are in the state where all the stars shine brighter than anywhere else – including the thousands of ACB stars!
You will hear much more about ACB’s successes during what should be our busiest and most information-packed convention ever.
 
Every ACB convention relies on scores 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 Dallas 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 Arlington, VA and Minneapolis, MN staff.  You are all fabulous!

Finally, a very warm welcome to those of you attending the ACB convention for the first time.  Texas is a place that leaves a special spot in your heart.  Thirty years ago, I attended graduate school for my master’s degree in library science at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX (about forty miles north of Dallas).  Whether this is your first trip to Texas, or a return visit, I can assure you that you will leave with many new friends and treasured memories.
 
I know your time in Dallas at the ACB convention will be an especially memorable and fun experience.  We want you to come back in 2016 and join us in Minneapolis!
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
  • KEC - Kids’ Explorers Club
  • 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 2015 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,  workshops, general sessions, and the banquet.
It is understood that all activities and programs scheduled at the 2015 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/JPMorgan Chase & Co. 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:
CityDoc Urgent Care
2909 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Walk-in hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: 214-871-7000
2.2 miles
 
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
3501 Junius St., Dallas, TX 75246
Open 24 hours with full emergency room.
Phone: 214-820-0111
1.4 miles
 
CVS Pharmacy:
1407 Main St., Dallas, TX  75202
Phone: 214-749-4092 
Open daily 7:00 AM 12:00 AM,
Pharmacy 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F
0.5 miles

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 Lone Star Gazette" and all the other information.  To subscribe, go to the ACB website at www.acb.org, or send a blank message to acbconvention-subscribe@acblists.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/JPMorgan Chase & Co. 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 throughout the hotel.

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.

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 5 at 8:00 AM and Mon., July 6 at 7:30 AM) will help you learn the best routes in and around the hotel; meet in the GDUI Suite.
Suite hours are:

  • Sunday, July 5, noon to 5:00 PM
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 6 & 7, 10:00 AM to 5:00PM
  • Wednesday, July 8, 9:00 AM to 12 noon.

Socialize, take a break, and learn all about GDUI's products from our very own Connie Jacomini.  Give your dog the luxury of a 10-15 minute tension relieving and restorative canine massage by Carla Campbell, a professional canine massage therapist, for $20; appointments preferred, walk-ins if available during suite hours.

Don’t miss our "Silent Auction" where you can bid on a multitude of goodies; tech gadgets, digital books, jewelry and a tasty treat from Penny's kitchen.  Purchase raffle tickets for “Dallas,” a beautiful plush black lab, and chances for numerous prizes, grand prize $1,000.
 Note: Jenine Stanley has recruited a cadre of dedicated volunteers who will be available all week to answer your questions and assist you with solving doggie "pick-up" and other relief-area concerns.

Doggie Play Area is located in San Antonio Ballroom B.  Lots of unleashed fun for your dog.

Veterinary Care

Metro Paws Animal Hospital
1021 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
3.0 Miles
Phone: 214-939-1600
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 6 PM
Wednesdays: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM
 
Emergency Animal Clinic - Uptown (Emergency & Critical Care, nights, weekends, and holidays)
3337 N. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: 214-520-8388
3.0 Miles

Hotel Information

The Sheraton has 3 room towers; north, center and south. Convention attendees will be housed in all three towers depending on room type.

Suites holding events will be located in the center or north towers.
Room numbers in each tower end in different numbers.

  • South: room numbers that end in 1 thru 23
  • Center: room numbers that end in 31 thru 55
  • North: room numbers that end in 61 thru 87

There are several elevator bays going to various sleeping room floors in each tower.  This will make elevator travel to your room much faster; just make certain to check which elevator bay leads to your floor.  All elevator bays will have signs in braille and large print for easy identification.

The Sheraton lobby area is quite large but can be easily traveled by following a series of carpeted and tiled pathways leading to restaurants, business link, gift shop and other amenities.

When heading to the front desk there are 3 shallow steps to be aware of. The steps are not along the main corridor and you won't need to be concerned with them unless you are visiting the front desk.  The hotel will put non-skid brightly colored tape at the top of the steps.

Meeting rooms are on the 2nd and 4th floors of the hotel and the second and 3rd floor of the conference center. The conference center is accessed from the hotel through a set of double doors so it is a seamless transition from hotel to conference center.

Meeting rooms can be accessed from the second floor of all sleeping towers and from the fourth floor of the hotel from the center and north towers.
The three hotel restaurants – Peet's Coffee, The Kitchen Table and Draft's Media Sports Bar – are all located on the first floor of the Sheraton.
Below is a list of the meeting rooms we will be using and their floor location.

Hotel Second Floor:

  • Austin Ballrooms (Registration will be located in Austin Ballroom 3).
  • Pearl Rooms 1 through 5
  • Live Oak
  • Press Club
  • Atrium

Conference Center Second Floor:

  • Lone Star Ballrooms (general sessions and exhibits)
  • Lone Star Foyer (Marketplace and ACB Café)

Conference Center Third Floor:

  • Houston Ballroom
  • San Antonio Ballrooms
  • State Rooms 1 through 4

Hotel Fourth Floor:

  • City View Rooms 1 through 8
  • Remington

Registration Q&A

Sponsored by Verizon

Registration is located in Austin Ballroom 3 on the second floor of the Sheraton.  Hours are:

  • Thursday, July 2 (pre-reg p/u only): 5:00PM - 9:00 PM
  •  Friday to Sunday, July 3 to 5: 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  •  Monday, July 6: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  •  Tuesday to Thursday, July 7 to 9: 8:00AM to 3:00PM
  •  Friday, July 10: 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 Austin Ballroom 3.

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, 2015; 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. 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 located in Atrium on the second floor of the Sheraton and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 4 through Thursday, July 9.  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 Lone Star Gazette."  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 Communication Center when 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 and American Thermoform Corporation 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

Sponsored by AT&T.

Café Coupon Sponsors:

  • Sunday, July 5, HIMS, Inc.
  • Monday, July 6, Maxi-Aids

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 outside of the Lone Star Ballroom, hours and specials to be announced in the newspaper.

ACB Fundraisers

You can show your support for ACB in several ways:

Convention Sponsorships: Stop by ACB / Verizon Registration in Austin Ballroom 3 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, 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.  Meet in Pearl 5 on Sunday, July 5 and walk across the skyway to Plaza of the Americas.  Sincere thanks to Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Regal Entertainment, the Macular Degeneration Foundation, and the Buell Fund for their sponsorship of the 2015 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 Houston Ballroom.  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.  This years auction is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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 / NIB 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

Tuesday, July 7

5:45 PM: California Caucus, City View 6
5:45 PM: Four Corners Caucus, (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah), State Room 1

Wednesday, July 8

2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus, San Antonio Ballroom A
4:15 PM: Midsouth Caucus, City View 7
5:45 PM: New England, Maryland, Florida Caucus, City View 8
5:45 PM: Midwest Caucus, City View 7

Thursday, July 9

7:00 AM: Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only), City View 7
5:45 PM: Missouri Caucus, City View 6

Religious Activities

Saturday, July 4

5:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, State Room 4
Priest TBA

Sunday, July 5

9:00 AM: Jewish Service, City View 1 
Rabbi Sherri Stohl, Dallas, TX

0:00 AM: Interdenominational Service, State Room 4
Pastor Chuck Hubbard, Gloria Day Lutheran Church, Garland, TX

11:00 AM: LDS Sacrament Service, City View 1
Bishop Zachary Lind, Dallas, TX

Monday, July 6, State Room 1

7:00 PM: Gospel Sing

Macular Degeneration Indoor Navigation

Thanks to a generous donation from MD Support and their partner MD Foundation, indoor navigation technology will be available for the first time to attendees at this year's ACB conference and convention in Dallas.  The guidance system works by sending audible instructions and location descriptions to iDevices (iPhone 4S or later and iPad 4 or later).  The information is electronically transmitted by beacons placed at meeting rooms, restrooms, elevators, and other venues.

 If you are planning to use MD Support's new LowViz Guide at this year's convention, you'll need to know your Apple Store ID and password in order to download the LowViz Guide. You may download it ahead of time if you wish, but remember, it will operate only in the convention environment.  To download the app, receive additional information or step-by-step instructions, visit www.mdsupport.org/audioguide.

Dan Roberts, director, MD Support, will discuss the wayfinding system during Monday morning's general session.  You can also hear from Dan on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the GPS and Paratransit seminar presented by EAC and the transportation committee; cost $6.

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.

    A.  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.

    B.  The chair may close debate when no one seeks the floor.

    C.  Each member is respectfully urged to speak directly to the issue before the assembly and avoid unnecessary and time-consuming dialogue.

    D.  No member will be recognized a second time to debate until all who wish to debate have been recognized.

    E.   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. Anyone meeting the requirements for voting membership in ACB in accordance with Constitution Article III-A-1 and bylaw 1 is entitled to vote on any matter coming before the convention, provided that:

    A. The person's name appears on an affiliate's certified membership list as submitted on March 15th or has been added to that list prior to the established record date for the convention, which date is thirty (30) days prior to the date of the opening session;

    B. no challenges to, or questions about, a person's membership status will be considered after the close of registration on the day immediately preceeding the final day on which convention business is to be conducted;

    C. no challenges to, or questions about, a person's membership status will be considered during the time a record vote is being conducted.

General Session Agenda


American Council of the Blind
54th Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: Where the Stars Shine Bright

Sunday, July 5: Lone Star Ballroom A

6:30 PM: Entertainment: Jan Gray, Saginaw, TX

7:00 PM: Call to Order: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
Invocation: Rev. Michael Garrett, New Faith Baptist Church, Houston, TX
Presentation of Colors: Buffalo Soldiers, Dallas, TX
"The Star-Spangled Banner": Kenneth Semien Sr., Beaumont, TX
“Texas, Our Texas”: Jan Gray, Saginaw, TX
Welcome to Texas, Kenneth Semien Sr., President, ACB of Texas, Beaumont, TX

7:25 PM: President's Report: Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA

7:55 PM: Welcome to Dallas: Stuart Swartz, Chair, Local Host Committee, Plano, TX

8:00 PM: Double Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Tom Gibbs, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Washington, D.C.

8:15 PM: ACB Life Membership Presentations: Kim Charlson, ACB President, Watertown, MA; and Lane Waters, ACB Controller, Brooklyn Center, MN

8:30 PM: Film Premiere: ACB Employment Possibilities Video, Eric Bridges, Director of External Relations and Policy, Arlington, VA

8:45 PM: ACB First-Timers: Allen Casey, Chair, Durward K. McDaniel First-timers' Committee, Graham, NC

8:55 PM: First Credentials Committee Report: Jean Mann, Chair, Albany, NY

9:00 PM: Tribute and Appreciation for ACB Angels: Dan Spoone, ACB Board of Directors, Orlando, FL
“Remembering our ACB Angels”: Original Song Written by Dan Dillon, Hermitage, TN and Recorded by "Some Assembly Required," a quartet from the Metro Nashville Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, Nashville, TN

9:15 PM: Roll Call of Affiliates: Ray Campbell, ACB Secretary, Glen Ellyn, IL

Monday, July 6, Lone Star Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Patrick Higgins, guitar and vocal, Dallas, TX

8:30 AM: Invocation: Pastor Larry Thacker, Bartimaeus Baptist Temple, Dallas, TX
Pledge of Allegiance: Becky Collier, 2015 Host Committee, Garland, TX

8:35 AM: ACB Business:
ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
Adoption of Standing Rules and Program: Kim Charlson, ACB President, Watertown, MA
Final Credentials Committee Report: Jean Mann, Chair, Albany, NY     
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, Affiliate Outreach, and George Card Awards: Rochelle Hart, Sioux Falls, SD, and Chip Hailey, Joplin, MO, Co-Chairs, 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: Big Thoughts About the “Big D” Dallas!, Dr. Rose-Mary Rumbley, Historian, Dallas, TX

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Audio Guide: Indoor Navigation For The Visually Impaired: A Public Service of Macular Degeneration Support, Dan Roberts, Director, Grandview, MO

10:30 AM: Access Comes to Netflix: Tracy Wright, Director, Content Operations, Los Angeles, CA

11:00 AM: Developments and Progress at NLS: Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

11:35 AM: Innovation and Inspiration: Shubham Banerjee, Braigo Labs Inc., Palo Alto, CA

11:50 AM: ACB Recreation Zone: Oral Miller, ACB Past President, Washington, DC

11:55 AM: Announcements

Tuesday, July 7, Lone Star Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Kimberly Engle, Flutist, Dallas, TX

8:30 AM: Invocation: Pastor Chuck Hubbard, Gloria Day Lutheran Church, Garland, TX
Pledge of Allegiance: 2015 Scholarship Winners

8:35 AM: ACB Business:
ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
Ruby Sponsor Presentation: HumanWare: Patrick Wallace, Vice President, Global Sales, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Chair, Indianapolis, IN
Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
Presiding Officer: Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Second Vice President, Burien, WA

9:15 AM: 2015 ACB Scholarship Presentations: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Missouri City, TX

10:25 AM: Break

10:40 AM: The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary: Thoughts Along the Journey: Stuart Ishimaru, Director, Equal Opportunity and Fairness Division, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC

11:15 AM: Braille Authority of North America Update: Sandra Ruconich, ACB BANA Representative, Salt Lake City, UT

11:35 AM: Award Presentation and Update from the ACB Audio Description Project: Joel Snyder, Director, Audio Description Project, Takoma Park, MD; Chris Gray, ADP Awards Chair, St. Louis, MO; and Dan Spoone, Chair, Audio Description Project Steering Committee, Orlando, FL

11:55 AM: Announcements

Wednesday, July 8, Lone Star Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Chris Prentice, Guitar and Vocal, Del Valle, TX

8:30 AM: Invocation: Rev. Jan Davis, First Rowlett United Methodist Church, Rowlett, TX
Pledge of Allegiance: Visually Impaired Veterans of America

8:35 AM: ACB Business:
ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
Emerald Sponsor Presentation: Amy R. Furash, JPMorgan Chase, National ADA Coordinator, Columbus, OH
Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Comcast Accessibility, Philadelphia, PA
Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Chair, Indianapolis, IN
Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
Presiding Officer: Ray Campbell, ACB Secretary, Glen Ellyn, IL

9:15 AM: “From Stage to Page; the Making of a Gun-Slinging Narrator”: Joe Wilson, Talking Book Publishers, Inc., Denver, CO  

9:45 AM: Executive Director's Report: Melanie Brunson, Arlington, VA
Special Tribute Ceremony to Recognize the Retirement of Melanie Brunson as Executive Director

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: National Conference and Convention Report: Janet Dickelman, Chair, Convention Committee, Saint Paul, MN

10:45 AM: Radio Reading Services and Their Role in the 21st Century: Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA; Mike Duke, Director, Mississippi Radio Reading Service, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Jackson, MS; and Steve Cumming, Former Station Manager, North Texas Radio for the Blind and Austin Information Radio, Dallas, TX

11:15 AM: Twenty-First Century Jobs for People who are Blind: Kevin Lynch, President and CEO, National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, VA  

11:35 AM: Update on Governmental Affairs and Policy Issues: Eric Bridges, Director of External Relations and Policy, Arlington, VA

11:55 AM: Announcements

Thursday, July 9, Lone Star Ballroom A

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Annie Wallace, Piano and Vocal, Plano, TX

8:30 AM: Invocation: Bishop Alan Aanerud, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dallas, TX
Pledge of Allegiance: Shirley Stivers, Bellevue, KY, and Todd Fahlstrom, Moorhead, ND 

8:35 AM: ACB Business:
ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Google: Eve Andersson, Engineering and Product Manager, Core Team, Google Accessibility
Emerald Sponsor Presentation: Verizon, Jeffrey A. Kramer, Executive Director, Public Policy, Strategic Alliance, Washington, DC 
Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Sprint, Kelly Egan, Blindness and Low Vision Outreach Specialist, Denver, CO
Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Chair, Indianapolis, IN
Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA
Presiding Officer: Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer, Louisville, KY

9:15 AM: “The Barefoot Lawyer: Chen Guangcheng”: His imprisonment, escape from China, journey to the U.S., and where he is now!  Washington, DC, and Danica Mills, Interpreter, New York, NY

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Bureau of Engraving and Printing Update: Currency Readers, Tactile Markings and More: Sidney Rocke, Chief Counsel, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC

10:40 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; Donna Brown, Walk Chair, Romney, WV; and Leslie Spoone, Chair, ACB Auction Subcommittee, Orlando, FL

11:15 AM: Treasurer's Report: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

11:30 AM: ACBES Report: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, ACB Enterprises and Services, Missouri City, TX

11:40 AM: ACB Business

11:55 AM: Announcements

Friday, July 10, Lone Star Ballroom A

8:00 AM:  Entertainment: Piano, Karen Eitel, Kingwood, TX

8:30 AM: Invocation: Prophetess Charleszetta Franklin, Shabach Sanctuary, Dallas, TX
Pledge of Allegiance: George Holliday, ACB Board of Directors, Philadelphia, PA

8:35 AM: ACB Business:
ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX

9:00 AM: Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Arlington, VA

10:00 AM: Elections

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Elections (continued)

12:00 Noon: Lunch Break

1:15 PM: ACB Business

2:45 PM: Break

3:00 PM: Old/New Business

5:00 PM: Adjourn

5:30 PM: ACB Life Member Reception, Houston Ballroom A

6:30 PM: Pre-banquet entertainment: Karen Eitel, piano, Kingwood, TX

7:00 PM: ACB Banquet: Austin Ballroom 1
Master of Ceremonies: Jeff Thom, ACB First Vice President, Sacramento, CA
Invocation: Stuart Schwartz, Ordained Baptist Minister, Plano, TX
Banquet Speaker: Christine Ha, Master Chef U.S. season 3 winner on FOX, New York Times best-selling author of “Recipes from My Home Kitchen” (2013)
Presentation of Awards: Rochelle Hart, Sioux Falls, SD, and Chip Hailey, Joplin, MO, Co-Chairs, ACB Awards Committee

ACB Boards and Committees

ACB Board of Directors

Saturday, July 4

9:00 AM: Pre-convention Board Meeting – State Rm 2

Board of Publications

Chair: Denise Colley

Sunday, July 5

10:30 AM: BOP Meeting, State Room 2

Thursday, July 9

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: BOP Editors’ Workshop, Austin Ballroom 1
7:00 PM: BOP Candidate Forum, Lone Star Ballroom A
Hear from and ask questions of this year’s candidates.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Chair: John Huffman

Saturday, July 4, 4:30 PM, Pearl 5

Monday, July 6, 4:15 PM, Pearl 5

Tuesday, July 7, 5:45 PM, Pearl 5

Credentials Committee

Chair: Jean Mann

Sunday, July 5, 1:00 PM, Pearl 5

Nominating Committee

Chair: Mike Godino
Monday, July 6, 5:45 PM, Austin Ballroom 1

Resolutions Committee

Chair: Mark Richert

Sunday, July 5, 11:00 PM, or after general session, Pearl 5

Monday, July 6, 8:00 PM, Pearl 5

Tuesday/Wednesday, July 7/8, 10:00 PM, or at the conclusion of the FIA showcase, Pearl 5

Thursday, July 9, 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM, Pearl 5

ACB Committee Meetings

Advocacy Committee

Chair: Jeff Thom

Wednesday, July 8, Austin Ballroom 1
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Social Security Seminar $6 ($8)
Does the Social Security system make you feel like you are rowing upstream without any oars? Learn all you need to know about your rights and responsibilities under the Social Security's programs.  Presenters: Roberta Roque, Advocate Supervisor, Disability Rights Texas, Austin, TX; Tony Stevens, Public Policy Advocacy Manager, National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, VA; and Michael Byington, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and former Social Security Advocate, Topeka, KS.

DKM First-Timers Committee

Chair: Allen Casey

Thursday, July 9, President's Suite
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM:  First-Timers Reception $15 ($18)
Join the celebration of the 100th birthday of Durward K. McDaniel, Father of ACB.  Meet and greet 2015 DKM First-Timers Shirley Stivers of Kentucky and Todd Fahlstrom of North Dakota.  Test your knowledge of ACB history.

Environmental Access Committee

Chair: Christopher Bell

Sunday, July 5, Austin Ballroom 1
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM: GPS and Paratransit $6 ($8)
2:00 PM Highlights of the internal GPS way-finding system, introduced at the convention in Dallas and sponsored by the Macular Degeneration Network.  This way-finding system will be available as an app on your iPhone/iDevice and will help you find the way to meeting rooms, restrooms, elevators and other locations in the Sheraton.  Presenter: Dan Roberts, Director
Macular Degeneration Support, Grandview, MO.
3:00 PM "Lessons Learned from the Trenches."
A discussion of issues concerning paratransit eligibility, certification and re-certification.
Presenter: Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Project ACTION Consulting, Washington, DC.
Co-sponsored by EAC and Transportation Committee.

Information Access Committee

Chair: Brian Charlson

Saturday, July 4, Austin Ballroom 1
1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: 411 from the IAC $6 ($8)
Following a report on the activities of the IAC,
we will demonstrate two new Apple iOS devices, one for your wrist, the other for your back.  We will then have a panel discussion: "How Do I Complain and Make It Count?"  When technologies, hardware, software and services fail to meet our needs, how to make your voice heard.
 
Sunday, July 5, Austin Ballroom 2
4:00 PM — 5:00 PM: iOS App Swap $6 ($8)
Share useful apps and learn about new ones.
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM: Podcasts From Both Sides
 of the Mic $12 ($15)
Share your favorite podcasts, learn about the best podcast catchers.  Cash bar and snacks.
 
Monday, July 6, State Room 3
5:45 PM: Scanning: New Ways / New Devices $6 ($8)
LUA and IAC with special guests explore the KNFB Reader and two new scanning products from HIMS Inc. to see if portable scanning is ready for prime time.

International Relations Committee

Chair: Sandra Sermons

Monday, July 6, State Room 3
1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACB Passport $6 ($8)
Explore the benefits and opportunities of studying or traveling abroad.  Co-sponsored by ACBS and IRC.
 
Tuesday, July 7, Houston Ballroom A
7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: 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.
12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Voices From Around the World
Luncheon $25 ($27)
Join IRC in welcoming our international guests both returning and new.  Presentation: the Marrakesh Treaty, Learn how the Marrakesh Treaty will improve our book lists!  Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA.
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Rehab Around the World $6 ($8)
A panel of international guests discuss what we can learn from each other to improve outcomes for b/vi people. Presenter:  Fikru Gebrekidan, Professor, St. Thomas University, Ontario, Canada.  Co-sponsored by IRC and Rehab Issues Task Force.

Membership Committee

Chair: Ardis Bazyn

Sunday, July 5, State Room 3
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Keys to the Convention
For anyone wishing to learn more about convention week.  Presented by the ACB Membership Committee.
 
Thursday, July 9, Houston Ballroom 1
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: 2015 Membership Seminar
Theme: "How to use your convention as a tool for membership."
2:45 PM: Welcome and introductions
2:55 PM: Panel: “Best Practices for Successful Conventions."  Peggy Garrett, ACB of Texas, Missouri City, TX; Allan Peterson, North Dakota Association of the Blind, Horace, ND; Donna Seliger, Iowa Council of the United Blind, West Des Moines, IA.
3:20 PM: Panel: "Building Attendance Through Outreach and Communication."  Sally Benjamin, Florida Council of the Blind, Tallahassee, FL; Dan Sippl, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, Eau Claire, WI; George Holliday, Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, Philadelphia, PA; Brian Charlson, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA.
3:45 PM: Affiliate Growth Awards, hand-outs and door prizes.  We encourage each affiliate to send at least one representative to attend the seminar.

Multicultural Affairs Committee

Chair: Peggy Garrett

Monday, July 6, City View 8
12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: MCAC Luncheon and Program $30 ($30)
 
Wednesday, July 8, President's Suite
5:00 PM — 6:30 PM: Mid-Week Social $18 ($20)
Join MCAC for fun, food, music and door prizes!

Public Relations Committee

Chair: Nolan Crabb

Tuesday, July 7, Austin Ballroom 1
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: PR Basics $6 ($8)
Learn how to craft press releases that get attention; become an expert your local media will look to for information, and learn how to mend fences when things go wrong and get media attention.  Presenters: Mike Duke, Jackson, MS; Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA; Nolan Crabb, Hilliard, OH; Katie Frederick, Worthington, OH.

Rehab Issues Task Force

Chair: Doug Powell

Monday, July 6, Austin Ballroom 1
1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Structured Discovery:  Why Not?
What is "Structured Discovery"?  How is it different from conventional rehab?  Who thrives under which system and how to advocate for services.  Presenters: Michael Byington, Certified O & M Instructor, Wichita, KS and Mark Bulger, Executive Director,  ACB of Nebraska, Omaha, NE.  Co-sponsors: CCLVI & Rehab Issues Task Force.
 
Tuesday, July 7, Houston Ballroom A
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Rehab Around the World $6 ($8)
A panel of international guests discuss what we can learn from each other to improve outcomes for b/vi people. Presenter: Fikru Gebrekidan, Professor, St. Thomas University, Ontario, Canada.  Co-sponsored by IRC and Rehab Issues Task Force.

Resource Development Committee

Co-chairs: Dan Dillon and Dan Spoone

Saturday, July 4, State Room 3
4:30 PM — 6:00 PM: Grant Writin' Roundup $8 ($8)
Ever wanted to apply for a grant for your affiliate, but didn't know where to begin?  Now is your chance to learn the ins and outs of grant writing.  Presenter: Thomas L. Tobin, ACB Director of Development, Cleveland Heights, OH.

Scholarship Committee

Chair: Michael Garrett

Saturday, July 4, City View 7
6:30 PM — 8:00 PM: ACB Scholarship Dinner (by invitation only)
 
Sunday, July 5, Houston Ballroom A
12:15 — 2:30 PM: ACBS Scholarship Lunch $28 ($30)
Join ACBS and RSVA to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015 scholarship winners.
 
Tuesday, July 7, Lone Star Ballroom A
9:15 AM: 2015 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 2015 scholarship winners.

Sight and Sound Impaired Committee

Chair: Karyn Campbell

Monday, July 6, President's Suite
8:00 PM — 10:00 PM: Get Social with SASI $13 ($15)
Meet people who share your unique issues and learn about various ways to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere.
 
Wednesday, July 8, State Room 4
2:45PM — 4:00 PM: Being SASI in Social Situations? $8 ($10)
Large group discussion about being Sight and Sound Impaired (SASI) and coping in social situations. Facilitator: Lori Scharff, Licensed Master Social Worker and SASI member, Malverne, NY.  Co-sponsors AAVL and SASI.

Special Education/Schools for the Blind Task Force

Chair: Debbie Grubb

Tuesday, July 7, State Room 2
2:45 PM — 5:30 PM: A panel of experts will provide information enabling you to be a resource for parents, educators and all who are interested in advocating for equal education for children who are blind and visually impaired.  Panelists: Brenda Lee, M. Ed. Educational Consultant for BVI Teachers, Abilene, TX; Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX; Kristin Smedley, Parent Advocate, Bucks County, PA; Lori Scharff, Master Social Worker and President, ACBNY, Malverne, NY; Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind, Arlington, VA.

Transportation Committee

Chair: Alice Ritchhart

Sunday, July 5, Austin Ballroom 1
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM: GPS and Paratransit $6 ($8)
2:00 PM: Highlights of the internal GPS way-finding system introduced at the convention in Dallas, sponsored by the Macular Degeneration Network. This way-finding system will be available as an app on your iPhone/iDevice and will help you find the way to meeting rooms, restrooms, elevators and other locations in the Sheraton.  Presenter: Dan Roberts, Director, Macular Degeneration Support, Grandview, MO.
3:00 PM 3:00 PM: "Lessons Learned from the Trenches."  A discussion of issues concerning paratransit eligibility, certification and re-certification.  Presenter: Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II,
Easter Seals Project ACTION Consulting, Washington, DC.  Co-sponsored by EAC and Transportation Committee.

Women's Concerns Committee

Chair: Lori Scharff

Monday, July 6, State Room 4
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Feeling Your Fashion $8 ($10)
Tips on dressing and fashion from simple to sensational.
5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Yogalates with Leslie Spoone, State Room 2
Stay fit with a yoga and Pilates workout.  Open to all levels of experience.  Presenter: Leslie Spoone, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer, Orlando, FL.  Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone
 
Thursday, July 9, State Room 2
5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Yogalates with Leslie Spoone
Stay fit with a yoga and Pilates workout.  Open to all levels of experience.  Presenter: Leslie Spoone, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer, Orlando, FL.  Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone
 
Friday, July 10, City View 7
7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: Sister Power Breakfast $25 ($30)
Peggy Garrett, TX and Zelda Gebhard, ND provide a look at their lives as women who are blind/visually impaired.

Audio Description Conference

Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates
 
Tuesday, July 7, City View 1
2:45PM – 4:00PM: AD: the Latest and Greatest $5 ($7) Learn about Audio Description: Updates in media (TV, film, technology), Telecommunications Act, Dept. of Justice Hearings, arts, and Audio Description Project activities.
4:15PM – 5:30PM: AD: Make It Work For You. $5 ($7)
Navigate the Audio Description Project website and ADP listserv; advocate for AD in your community; connect consumers and describers via ADP's mentorship program.
5:45PM – 7:00PM: ADP Mixer $15 ($18)
Enjoy a beverage and a snack while sharing more information about audio description with colleagues and friends.  A prominent, surprise guest may join us.
 
July 8 - 10, City View 1
9:00AM – 5:00PM Audio Description Institute $495
Interactive sessions to build skills for the audio describer; information on the use of audio description for consumers.  Experienced users of description will provide perspective on audio description in a range of formats.

Other ACB Meetings

Saturday, July 4

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

Sunday, July 5, State Room 3

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

Thursday, July 9, Austin Ballroom 2

4:15 PM: Affiliate Presidents' Meeting

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

American Association of Blind Teachers

President: Marcia Dresser
Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Registration: $10 ($12)

Sunday, July 5, City View 7

8:00-11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast/Program/Meeting $25 ($27)
8:00 AM — 8:45 AM: Breakfast
8:45 AM: "Eggs In Your Stomach And Egg On Your Face"
Share your amusing stories about life's little embarrassing moments that only a visual impairment can bring.
9:30 AM: Break
9:45 AM: AABT business meeting and elections.

Monday, July 6, City View 6

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM AABT Program
1:15 PM: "Accessible Distance Learning."
Learn about the latest accessibility features in Blackboard Learning and MyMathLab®.
2:30 PM: Break.
2:45 PM: "Teachers' Round Table On Classroom Technology: Pros, Cons and Questions." A discussion about the use of classroom technology by students and educators; the advantages and challenges this technology brings to the education process.  Panelists: Kate Crohan, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Perkins School For The Blind, Watertown, MA; Sue Mangis, Retired Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Carmichael, CA;  Carla Hayes, Foreign Language Teacher, Central Christian Academy, Houston, PA and Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA.

Wednesday, July 8, FIA Suite

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Writers' Workshop $8 ($10)
"From Family Lore To Life Story." Join us as we share activities that will help us transform our families' oral stories into written memoirs.  Presenter: Susan Glass, Author, Saratoga, CA.

American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys

President: Charles Nabarrete
Registration: $30 ($32)

Saturday, July 4, City View 4

5:30 PM — 7:00 PM: AAVIA Board Meeting

Sunday, July 5, City View 1

1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program
1:15 PM: First general meeting
1:30 PM: Technology update
Brian Charlson, Director of Technology, Carroll Center, Newton, MA; Bobby Druesedow, Program Specialist, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services, Fort Worth, TX
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: "Legal Developments Affecting the Lives of People with Disabilities."  Presenter: Steven Mendelsohn, Esq., attorney, consultant, author, San Leandro, CA
3:45 PM: Break
4:00 PM: Legal Careers for Visually Impaired Attorneys.  Presenters: Chris D. Prentice, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, and AAVIA immediate past president, Austin, TX;  George Abbott, Esq., Attorney, Waiver Determination Official, U.S. Department of Education, Springfield, VA.

Monday, July 6, City View 1

1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program
1:15 PM: Call to Order
1:30 PM: "Working with a U.S. District Court as a visually impaired attorney."  Sandhya Rao, Esq., Pro Se Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Houston, TX.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: "Recent Decisions of the U.S. Supreme  Court." Robert William "Bill" Piatt, Professor of Law, St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, TX.
3:45 PM: Break
4:00 PM: "Technology for the Office"
Bobby Druesedow, Program Specialist, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services, Fort Worth, TX.

Tuesday, July 7, Live Oak

12:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AAVIA Luncheon & Program
$27 ($29)
12:15 PM "The wide range of interests of a law professor."  Presenter: Robert William "Bill" Piatt, Professor of Law, St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, TX, Former Law School Dean and current President, Catholic Lawyers' Guild of San Antonio, TX.
2:00 PM: "An update on the Americans with Disabilities Act." Presenter: Diego DeMayo, Executive Director, Southwest ADA Center, Houston, TX.
3:00 PM: AAVIA Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, Austin Ballroom 1

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Social Security Seminar $6 ($8)
Does the Social Security system make you feel like you are rowing upstream without any oars?  Learn what need to know about your rights / responsibilities under Social Security's programs.  Presenters: Roberta Roque, Advocate Supervisor, Disability Rights Texas, Austin, TX; Tony Stevens, Public Policy Advocacy Manager, National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, VA; Michael Byington, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and former Social Security Advocate, Topeka, KS.

Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss

President: John Huffman
Registration: $10 ($10)

Monday, July 6, City View 7

12:15 PM — 4:00 PM: AAVL Lunch and Business Meeting $25 ($28)
12:15 PM: Introductions and luncheon
1:00 PM: An interactive program on emergency preparedness designed to address special concerns of people who are blind or visually impaired.  Presenter: Landa Phelan, Certified Emergency Preparedness Host Trainer, Honolulu, HI.
2:30 PM: Business Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, State Room 4

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Being SASI in Social Situations? $8 ($10)
Large group discussion about being Sight and Sound Impaired (SASI) and coping in social situations.  Facilitator: Lori Scharff, Licensed Master Social Worker and SASI member, Malverne, NY.  Co-sponsors AAVL and SASI.
4:15 PM — 5:45 PM: AAVL Musical Mixer $10 ($12) Executive Director's Suite
Music, refreshments, conversation and raffles for all!

ACB Diabetics in Action

President: Dee Clayton
Registration: $12 ($15)

Sunday, July 5, State Room 4

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: ACBDA Seminar $8 ($10)
1:15 PM: "What do the Numbers Mean?"
Everyone knows a diabetic needs to check their blood sugar, but do you know why?  Learn what it means if your blood sugar is too high, hyperglycemia, or too low, hypoglycemia, and what to do when you get the "number" from the meter.  Presenters: Sabrina Ross, BSN, RN, Diabetes Educator, Dallas, TX.
2:15 PM: "How diabetes affects your O&M Skills"
Developing efficient & effective travel skills can be a challenge for people with visual impairments.  Adding diabetes to the mix can make things even more problematic.  Learn about the effect of blood sugar on your mobility.  Presenter: Lori Ann Graham, M. Ed., BSN, RNEACOMS, Tyler, TX.
3:00 PM: "What's New in Diabetes Management?"
There has been much innovation in diabetes management in recent years.  Learn about the newest diabetes technology; there are more tools, medications and techniques available to people with diabetes than ever before.  Presenter: Lisa Golden, Diabetes Specialist, Division for Blind Services, Fort Worth, TX.

Wednesday, July 8, City View 7

12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACBDA Lunch and Meeting $28 ($30)

Thursday, July 9, 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: Ron Brooks
Registration: $8 ($8)

Monday, July 6 Austin Ballroom 2

7:15 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 8, City View 8

7:00 AM — 8:15AM: Families Breakfast & Meeting $15 ($15).  The House that Tech Built.  Turn your house into an accessible home filled with talking appliances, thermostats, home security and more.  Presenter: Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living Specialist, American Foundation for the Blind, Dallas, TX.

Thursday, July 9, Pearl 4

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM AFB Discussion Group
Join AFB's Pris Rogers for a discussion of a new app AFB has developed to help people find resources and services they need.  Provide input on how best to market this app to health care professionals.  Also you will be asked to provide ideas on how to improve AFB's web site VisionAware to increase its usefulness to people new to vision loss.  Space is limited.  To RSVP, email Pris at progers@afb.net.

ACB Government Employees

President: Renee Zelickson
Registration: $10 ($10)

Sunday, July 5, President's Suite

3:00 PM — 5:00 PM: ACBGE Mixer $12 ($14)
Past, present & future government employees network and socialize.

Thursday, July 9, City View 7

12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACBGE Luncheon and Business Meeting $30 ($32)
12:15 PM: Introductions and luncheon
1:15 PM: Discussion of issues pertinent to government employees; get the latest information from Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA, and a local union representative (invited).
2:15 PM: Business meeting

American Council of Blind Lions

President: Kenneth Semien Sr.
Registration: $10 ($12)

Saturday, July 4, President's Suite

9:00 PM — 11:00 PM: ACB Lions Milly's Place, $12 ($15).  Share news from your local club; trade pins; fun and snacks.

Sunday, July 5, City View 5

9:30 AM — 11:00 AM: ACB Lions Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 8

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lions Local Club Visit $25 ($28)
Enjoy lunch and a local meeting with the Oak Cliff Lions Club, one of the oldest and most active clubs in the Dallas area.

Thursday, July 9, City View 8

12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Lions Luncheon $32 ($35)

ACB Radio Amateurs

President: John Glass
Registration: $5 ($7)

Tuesday, July 7, City View 8

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: Digital Mobile Radio for the Blind Amateur.  DMR is coming to amateur radio!  Will blind amateurs be able to participate in this newest frontier?  Learn what two blind hams with experience in this new environment have to say!  Presenters: Betsey Doane (K1EIC), Shelton, CT and Barbara Lombardi (K1EIR), Shelton, CT.  Co-sponsored by BITS and ACBRA.

Thursday, July 9, State Room 3

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACB Radio Amateurs Annual Program and Business Meeting

American Council of Blind Students

President: Jim Debus
Program Chair: Leslie Weilbacher
Registration: $5 ($7)

Saturday, July 4, 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 5, Houston Ballroom A

12:15 PM — 1:45 PM: ACBS Scholarship Winners' Luncheon $28 ($30)
Celebrate the accomplishments of this year's national scholarship winners, the newest shining stars in ACB.
Sponsored by ACBS and RSVA.
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM: ACBS Business Meeting

Monday, July 6, State Room 3

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACB Passport $6 ($8)
Explore the benefits and opportunities of studying or traveling abroad.  Co-sponsored by ACBS and IRC.
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Your College Tool Kit $6 ($8)
Surviving in school, using your resources and navigating Disability Support Services.

Thursday, July 9, Houston Ballroom A

9:00 PM — 11:00 PM: ACBS Comedy Night $10 ($12)
End your week in Dallas on a high note.  Enjoy a great comedian, cash bar and raffle prizes.

Blind Information Tech Specialists

President: John McCann
Program Chair: Andrea Pitsenbarger
Registration: $15 ($17)
or BITS Package (all BITS events, $56, $58)

Saturday, July 4, BITS Suite

7:30 PM — 9:30 PM: BITS Board Meeting

Sunday, July 5, City View 6

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: Windows, is it the perfect ten?
1:30 PM — 4:00 PM: BITS Vendor Showcase
An overview of new products our Assistive Technology vendors are highlighting in the exhibit hall.

Monday, July 6

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Social Media on iOS devices $8 ($10), State Room 1
Learn how social media spreads information about affiliate activities and how members can stay in the loop all year.  Presenters: Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL; Wayne Pearcy, Boston, MA; Andrea Pitsenbarger, Orange, CA.  Sponsored by BITS and FIA.
8:30 PM — 11:00 PM: Bytes with BITS (in pkg) $15 ($15), BITS Suite
Meet up with old friends and make some new ones, snacks included.

Tuesday, July 7, City View 8

12:15PM — 1:15PM: BITS Luncheon (in pkg) $28 ($30)
Speaker, Paul W. Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy, American Foundation for the Blind; followed by business meeting
1:15PM — 4:00PM: Digital Mobile Radio for the Blind Amateur.  DMR is coming to amateur radio!  Will blind amateurs be able to participate in this newest frontier?  Learn what two blind hams with experience in this new environment have to say!  Presenters: Betsey Doane (K1EIC), Shelton, CT and
Barbara Lombardi (K1EIR), Shelton, CT.  Co-sponsored by BITS and ACBRA.

Blind LGBT Pride international

President: Will Burley
Program Chair: Don Brown
Registration: $20 ($20)
Or BPI Package (all BPI events including one wine tasting): $110 ($115)

Multi-Session Event:

Monday, July 6, 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM, BPI Suite

Tuesday, July 7, 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM, BPI Suite

Wednesday, July 8, 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM, BPI Suite

Let the Wine Tasting Begin $20 ($20), (in BPI pkg)
Led by a wine consultant, learn about and experience exclusive California artisan wines.  Food pairings included.  (Limit of 16 each session.)

Sunday, July 5, BPI Suite

3:00 PM — 5:00 PM: BPI's Texas sized mixer (in BPI pkg) $25 ($27)
Everything is bigger in Texas, including BPI's mixer.  Start convention week with a Texas-sized blast!  Don't be surprised to meet up with some of your exes.  Head on over for a boot stomping good time!

Monday, July 6, State Room 2

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Intro to Laughter Yoga (in BPI pkg) $10 ($12)
Get healthy while laughing your butt off!  This BPI workshop combines traditional deep centering yoga breathing with interactive laughter exercises and calming movements. A hysterical, exhausting & fun cardio workout!  Presenter: Mandie Crowley Navarro, Owner, Universal Laughter Yoga, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher, Dallas, TX.

Tuesday, July 7

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Memory Fitness Workout,
(in BPI pkg) $10 ($12), City View 6
Fun interactive group exercises.  Techniques to sharpen your memory, and cognitive and concentration skills.  Practiced regularly, these techniques can potentially prevent and reverse age-related brain decline.  Presenter: Marcie Hunter, LCSW, Richardson, TX.
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: How To Be An LGBT Ally, BPI Suite
This supportive workshop is an invitation and opportunity for people who want to stand up for LGBT equality but are not sure how.  The LGBT community cannot achieve equality without support from compassionate and dedicated straight allies.  Break down barriers that may keep people from getting involved.  Presenter: Sharon Olson, PFLAG Dallas, Dallas, TX.
10:30 PM — 12:00 AM: BPI's 15th Year Celebration (in BPI pkg) $10 ($12),BPI Suite
Celebrate BPI's 15 years of providing support, service, and advocacy.  Crystal is symbolic for the 15th year and it also symbolizes a bright future for BPI.

Wednesday, July 8

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (in BPI pkg) $10 ($12), State Room 2
Meditation techniques to cope with a stressed-out digital world.  Learn ways to handle difficult life situations while remaining present and fully engaged.
Presenter: Sue Yeo, Certified BreathWorks Trainer,
San Antonio, TX.
8:00 PM — 10:00 PM BPI Movie: The Imitation Game (Audio Described) $5 ($7), (in BPI pkg), San Antonio Ballroom A
In 1952, British authorities arrested war hero, mathematician, cryptanalyst Alan Turing.  Little did they know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.

Thursday, July 9, BPI Suite

1:15 PM: Dallas Resource Center, Leading the Way
Learn about the array of services and activities offered by the Resource Center, one of the largest LGBT centers of its kind in the country.  Presenter: Rafael McDonnell, Director of Communication and Advocacy, Resource Center, Dallas, TX.
10:00PM: This Ain't Your Parents’ Party (in BPI pkg) $10 ($12).  Y'all come on over for an evening of "adult" entertainment, refreshments and crazy door prizes.

Friday, July 10, BPI Suite

10:00 PM: BPI Last Call (in BPI pkg) $10 ($12)
Bid a fond adieu to Dallas and look toward Minneapolis.

Braille Revival League

President: Paul Edwards
Registration: $10 ($12)

Sunday, July 5, Live Oak

1:00 PM — 3:00 PM: BRL Orienteering $5 ($7)
Fun for all, find clues as we wander around the hotel. When we think of yesteryear, we give a cheer because a scavenger hunt is here!
3:30 PM: BRL Pre-convention Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 7, Houston Ballroom A

7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: BRL International Breakfast $25 ($30)
Learn how braille is incorporated into the lives of people who are blind worldwide.  Co-sponsored by BRL and IRC.
1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: BRL program, State Room 1
1:15 PM: Welcome and introductions: Paul Edwards, BRL President, Miami, FL.
1:30: Braille for School the Texas Way: This session describes how braille is produced for Texas school children.  Presenter: Melissa Klepper, Executive Director for Visual Aid Volunteers, Dallas, TX.
2:30: Break
2:45: UEB Games: Play games to become familiar with UEB!  Facilitator:  Judy Jackson, Miami FL
3:15: BRL Business Meeting
4:15: Games with Ralph $6 ($8), State Room 1
Use braille to play a number of games; prizes will be awarded to the winners. Come and see just how good you are at braille and words.

Wednesday, July 8, State Room 3

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: LUA/BRL Joint Program
1:15 Welcome and Introductions: Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Paul Edwards, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL.
1:30 PM: Meet the Talking Book Narrator: Joe Wilson, Denver, CO.  Get up close and personal with the narrator who presented during the morning’s ACB general session.  LUA offers a great opportunity to ask all the questions there is never enough time for in the morning.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: For the Birds: The Adventures of a Library Bird Song Collector; Susan Glass, Saratoga, CA.  Susan is camping to train as a recorder of bird sounds for library collections in the Tahoe forest of California this June and she will tell us just how a totally blind person and her dog learn to be a collection developer.
3:05 PM: Wishing and Hoping: A Braille Display from NLS?  NLS will consider providing a braille display to allow patrons to read books stored digitally.  What would such a device be like?  This panel will explore the important components such a device should have.  Panel: Sandy Ruconich, ACB's representative to the Braille Authority of North America, Salt Lake City, UT; Dr. Judith M. Dixon, author and braille activist, Arlington, VA; and Paul Edwards, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Come See What We're Up To!
President:  Charles Glaser
Program Chair: Jim Jirak
Registration: $20 ($22)
Saturday, July 4, City View 4
3:00 PM — 6:00 PM: Pre-Convention Board Meeting & Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, July 5, State Room 1

9:00 AM — 12:00 PM: CCLVI Business Meeting and Vendor Showcase
9:00 AM: Introductions, first reading of proposed constitutional amendments and bylaws; committee reports
10:30 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Low Vision Showcase
See the latest in low vision technology as several vendors display their products.
4:00 PM — 6:00 PM: CCLVI Mixer, $15 ($18), Executive Director's Suite
Mix & mingle; food and fun!

Monday, July 6, Austin Ballroom 1

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Structured Discovery:  Why Not?
What is "Structured Discovery"?  How is it different from conventional rehab?  Who thrives under which system and how to advocate for services.  Presenters: Michael Byington, Certified O & M Instructor,  Wichita, KS and Mark Bulger, Executive Director, ACB of Nebraska, Omaha, NE.  Co-sponsors: CCLVI & Rehab Issues Task Force.
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: O ‘Appy Days:
Fun and low vision friendly apps for your iDevice. 
Presenters: Katie Frederick, co-founder of ACB Next Generation, Worthington, OH, and Dan Smith, 1st Vice-President CCLVI, San Lorenzo, CA.  Co-sponsors: CCLVI and ACB Next Generation.
8:00 PM — 11:00 PM: CCLVI Game Night, $25 ($30), Houston Ballroom B
Unwind and have some fun while reliving the game shows of the past as Michael Byington resurrects Peter Marshall and Gene Rayburn and play Hollywood Squares and Match Game.  The price of admission includes two beverages from the available cash bar.

Tuesday, July 7, State Room 3

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: Annual Membership Meeting Elections and adoption of proposed constitutional amendments and bylaws.

Wednesday, July 8, State Room 1

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM Television Independence:
Thomas J. Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility Comcast Cable, Philadelphia, PA will discuss low vision friendly accessibility features contained within the X1 Platform.
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM Effectively Using Uber: Leandre Jo, General Manager Uber Dallas, Dallas, TX, discusses how Uber can help visually impaired non-drivers.

Friends-In-Art

President: Lynn Hedl
Program Chair: Dwayne Estes
Registration: $12 ($15)

Saturday, July 4, FIA Suite

7:00 PM: FIA Board Meeting

Sunday, July 5, FIA Suite

4:00 PM — 5:30 PM: FIA Mixer/Showcase sign-up $18 ($20).  Meet friends, and learn how to audition for this year's Showcase.

Monday, July 6

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Social Media on iOS devices $8 ($10), State Room 1
Learn how social media spreads information about affiliate activities and how members can stay in the loop all year.  Presenters: Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL; Wayne Pearcy, Boston, MA; Andrea Pitsenbarger, Orange, CA.  Sponsored by BITS and FIA.
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 & Poetry Reading, $4 ($5), City View 7
Writers are invited to read their original works to a receptive audience.  Moderator: Carla Hayes, McMurray, PA.

Tuesday, July 7

12:15 PM: FIA Luncheon and Business Meeting, $28 ($30), City View 7
Dr. Harvey Miller, music professor and author of "Recuiel de Morceaux d'Orgue" discusses a braille book of organ music donated to the APH Museum.
8:00 PM: Performing Arts Showcase, $20 ($25), Austin Ballroom 1.  Talented ACB members entertain you playing their own instruments, or accompanied by top notch professional musicians.  Cash bar available.  Sponsored by Adobe.

Wednesday, July 8, FIA Suite

1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Writers Workshop, $8 ($10)
"From Family Lore to Life Story" — Transform our families' oral stories into written memoirs.  Co-sponsored by FIA & AABT
2:45 PM — 4:00PM Songwriters Workshop, $8 ($10)
Want to write your own songs? Join the fun and learn about creating melody and rhyme. It's easier than you think!  Presenter: Karen Karsh, Denver, CO.
4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Round and Harmony Sing, $4 ($5)
Take a break from a busy convention and learn simple rounds and songs.  Presenters: Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL; Nancy Pendegraph, Huntsville, AL; Susan Glass, Saratoga, CA; Karen Karsh, Denver, CO.  Co-sponsored by FIA & AABT.

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

“GDUI Deep in the Hearts of Guide Dogs 2015”
President: Penny Reeder
Program Chair: Lillian Scaife
Registration: $15 ($15)

Sunday, July 5

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, meet in GDUI Suite
Learn your way around the hotel, zip through convention crowds and arrive at your destination relaxed and on time!  Orientation provided by seasoned guide dog trainers and volunteers.
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM: Life in the Fast Lane, GDUI Suite
The convention environment is a challenge for us and our dogs.  The chaos can be overwhelming for our dogs!  Make convention week easier for both you and your dog!  Presenter: Becky Barnes Davidson, Manager of Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, NY.
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM: Affiliate Round-up, City View 4
Affiliate representatives should introduce themselves to Debbie Grubb, GDUI's Affiliates' Liaison, to assure that each affiliate’s votes count during the GDUI Caucus and business meeting.
4:00 PM — 5:00 PM: GDUI Board Meeting, City View 4
Board meeting and presentation of annual report: Penny Reeder, GDUI President

Monday, July 6

6:45 AM — 8:15 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club (Meet in lobby).  The Mad Hatter Café: Treat your dog to a short two-block walk, treat yourself to Southern breakfast fare, visit with GDUI friends and their dog guides.
7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, Meet in GDUI Suite
Learn your way around the hotel, zip through convention crowds and arrive at your destination relaxed and on time!  Orientation provided by seasoned guide dog trainers and volunteers.
1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: GDUI Opening Session, San Antonio Ballroom A
1:15 PM: Introductions, and preview of the convention program
2:45 PM: Self-familiarization to new environments: you and your guide dog can become oriented quickly and safely to a new location or unusual situation.  Learn the basics from a seasoned trainer!  Presenter: David Locklin, Class Coordinator - Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester Heights, MI.
4:15 PM: Guide Dog School Updates
What's going on at the guide dog schools?  Recent changes, plans for the future, coming innovations, student qualifications.  Always a highlight at the GDUI convention, the round-up lets us hear from the people who know the most about our schools.
7:15 PM — 10:00 PM: Guide Dog Schools Appreciation Reception, $15 ($17), Houston Ballroom C
We all know our schools' investments in personnel, breeding, dog acquisition and training are to create excellent matches for each of us.  We want to recognize and thank all of the guide dog schools for the time, energy and dollars they pour into our partnerships.  The 2015 GDUI Program Committee is pleased to host our Deep in the Hearts of Guide Dogs, Guide Dog Schools Appreciation Reception.  Come and express your gratitude to the professionals who make it possible for us to achieve greater independence through our partnerships with our guide dogs.  Cash bar and snacks.

Tuesday, July 7

6:45 AM — 8:15 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club (meet in lobby).  The Mad Hatter Café: Treat your dog to a short two-block walk, treat yourself to Southern breakfast fare, visit with GDUI friends and their dog guides.
1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: GDUI Program, San Antonio Ballroom A
1:15 PM: Past, Present & Future of Guide Dog Harnesses.  The first guide dog users didn't even have a handle to hold onto.  Learn how harnesses have evolved over time, and what we might expect from the "space-age materials" of the future.  Presenter: Lukas Franck, Senior Consultant, Special Projects, The Seeing Eye, Morristown, NJ.
2:45 PM: Dual Purpose Service Dogs.  Sometimes blindness is not the most challenging of our disabilities.  Learn about guide dogs who are trained to meet the needs of people with additional disabilities.  Presenters: Robert Wendler, Director of Canine Operations, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA; Nicole Meadowcroft, President, Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, Madison, WI.
4:15 PM: Emergency Preparedness
Prepare yourself and your guide dog for an emergency.  Do you have an emergency preparedness kit?  Where you and your dog can find shelter in an emergency.  Presenter: Landa Phelan, Certified Emergency Preparedness Instructor, Hawaii Association of the Blind, Honolulu, HI.
7:15 PM — 8:30 PM: Guided Massage for the Working Guide: A Hands-On Workshop $6 ($8), State Room 2
Learn simple massage techniques designed to help reduce the long-term impact guide work may have on your dog's physical & mental well-being.  Also a brief discussion on guide dog "wear and tear" and how to mitigate those effects.  Presenter: Carla Campbell, Professional Canine Massage Therapist, Quadrussage, Menlo Park, CA.  (Limited to 20.)

Wednesday, July 8

6:45 AM — 8:15 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club (Meet in lobby).  The Mad Hatter Café: Treat your dog to a short two-block walk, treat yourself to Southern breakfast fare, visit with GDUI friends and their dog guides.
12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: GDUI Luncheon & Presentation, $28 ($30), San Antonio Ballroom A
How dogs communicate and interact with each other.  We will discuss visual, auditory, olfactory and other ways that dogs communicate with one another, how service dogs may be more limited in these options while working, and how this could impact other dogs’ responses to them.  Presenter: Dr. Amanda Florsheim DVM, Dallas, TX.  Drawing for Dallas and raffle.
2:45 PM: GDUI Business Meeting & Caucus
4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Guided Massage for the Working Guide: A Hands-On Workshop, $6 ($8), State Room 2
Learn simple massage techniques designed to help reduce the long-term impact guide work may have on your dog's physical & mental well-being.  Also a brief discussion on guide dog "wear and tear" and how to mitigate those effects.  Presenter: Carla Campbell, Professional Canine Massage Therapist, Quadrussage, Menlo Park, CA.  (Limited to 20.)

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

President and Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Registration: $6 ($8)

Sunday, July 5, 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 6, City View 7

7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: IVIE Breakfast and Business Meeting $24 ($26).  Breakfast will be followed by the annual IVIE business meeting and election of officers.

Wednesday, July 8, City View 8

12:15 PM: IVIE Luncheon and Program, $27 ($30)
12:55 PM: Welcome and Introductions, Carla Hayes, IVIE President and CEO, Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA
1:00 PM: "Pitching Your Products and Selling Your Services."  What goes into an effective sales pitch?  Come and learn about sales strategies that work.  Presented by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Dallas, TX.

Thursday, July 9, State Room 1

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 4, City View 5

5:00 PM: Pre-convention Board Meeting

Monday, July 6

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: LUA Program, City View 5
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: New Initiatives from our regional library in Texas: Heather Bailey, Outreach Director, Austin, TX.
3:15 PM: Business Meeting and Elections
5:45 PM: Scanning in New Ways with New Devices, $6 ($8), State Room 3
LUA, IAC & special guests explore the KNFB Reader and the two new scanning products from HIMS Inc. to see if truly portable scanning is ready for prime time.

Wednesday, July 8, State Room 3

1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: LUA/BRL joint program
1:15 PM: Welcome and Introductions: Brian Charlson, President, Library Users of America, Watertown, MA; Paul Edwards, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL.
1:30 PM: Meet the Talking Book Narrator: Joe Wilson, Denver, CO.  Get up close and personal with the narrator who presented during the morning’s ACB general session.  LUA offers a great opportunity to ask all the questions there is never enough time for in the morning.
2:30 PM: Break
2:45 PM: For the Birds: The Adventures of a Library Bird Song Collector; Susan Glass, Saratoga, CA. Susan is camping to train as a recorder of bird sounds for library collections in the Tahoe forest of California this June and she will tell us just how a totally blind person and her dog learn to be a collection developer.
3:05 PM: Wishing and Hoping: A Braille Display from NLS?  NLS indicated that they would consider providing a braille display to allow patrons to read books stored digitally.  What would such a device be like?  This panel will explore the important components such a device should have.  Panel: Sandy Ruconich, ACB's representative to the Braille Authority of North America, Salt Lake City, UT; Dr. Judith M. Dixon, author and braille activist, Arlington, VA; and Paul Edwards, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL.
4:00 PM: LUA Post-convention Board Meeting (if necessary).

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America

President: Dan Sippl
Program Chair: Ardis Bazyn
Registration $20 ($20)
Or RSVA Package (all RSVA events) $110 ($110)

Sunday, July 5

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM:  RSVA Board Meeting, Pearl 5
1:30 PM — 5:30 PM: RSVA Program, State Room 1
1:30 PM: Welcome: Dan Sippl, RSVA President, Eau Claire, WI
1:35 PM: Roll call: Donna Seliger, RSVA Secretary, West Des Moines, IA
1:40 PM: "What's happening in the Texas Business Enterprise Program?" Texas BEP Staff.
2:10 PM: Highlights from Texas vendors
2:40 PM: Resolutions/Constitution and Bylaws (first reading): Ardis Bazyn, Constitution and Resolution Chair, Burbank, CA
3:00 PM: Break
3:15 PM: "Merchandising Your Healthy Products" Roundtable discussion.
3:45 PM: "Advocating for your state RS BEP Program." Presenters: Jeff Thom, American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys, Sacramento, CA; Rocky Marchiano, RSVA Legislative Chair, New Orleans, LA.
4:30 PM: "Online and credit card payment options for RS locations." Presenter: Lanny Davidson, Independent Agent, Ignite Payments Today.
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 6, Houston Ballroom A

12:15 PM — 5:30 PM: RSVA Lunch (in pkg) $35 ($40)
"The Importance of a Positive Attitude."  Speaker: Robert Acosta, GDUI Public Relations Chair, Chatsworth, CA.  RSVA Annual Awards presentations.
2:15 PM: Break
2:30 PM: RSVA Business meeting
4:30 PM: RSVA Caucus
7:30 PM — 9:00 PM: RSVA Comedy Night (in pkg) $15 ($20).  Enjoy some laughs with comedian Tony Stone!
9:00 PM — 12:00 AM RSVA Karaoke (in pkg) $15 ($20)
Show your talent with RSVA.

Tuesday, July 7, RSVA Suite

12:15 PM – 4:00 PM:  Tour of food service facilities. Join RSVA in a walking tour of food service facilities in downtown Dallas.  To reserve a space, contact Ardis Bazyn at abazyn@bazyncommunications.com.
6:00 PM — 12:00 AM: RSVA Casino Trip (in RSVA pkg), $30 ($35).  Enjoy a trivia contest and snacks on the way to Winstar Casino.  Windstar has several restaurants and three sites for entertainment.

Visually Impaired Veterans of America

President: John Fleming
Registration: $10 ($10)
Tuesday, July 7, City View 4
1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: VIVA Business Meeting

Other Meetings and Programs

Career Development

Wednesday, July 8, Houston Ballroom A

7:00 AM: NIB Breakfast $10 ($15)
Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about employment and the AbilityOne program.

Guide Dogs

Tuesday, July 7, Houston Ballroom A

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 6, Houston Ballroom A

7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: AFB Breakfast $10 ($12)
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) cordially invites you to attend its annual breakfast meeting, hosted by Carl Augusto, AFB President.  Learn what's new at AFB; questions answered by AFB staff.

Wednesday, July 8

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Social Security Seminar, $6 ($8), Austin Ballroom 1
Does the Social Security system make you feel like you are rowing upstream without any oars?  Learn what need to know about your rights / responsibilities under Social Security's programs.  Presenters: Roberta Roque, Advocate Supervisor, Disability Rights Texas, Austin, TX; Tony Stevens, Public Policy Advocacy Manager, National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, VA; Michael Byington, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and former Social Security Advocate, Topeka, KS.  Co-sponsored by NELDS, Advocacy Committee and AAVIA.
4:15 PM: ACB Legislative Seminar, $5 ($7), Austin Ballroom 1.  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

Multiple Sessions on Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7: JPMorgan Chase & Co. is committed to meeting the banking and financial services needs of all our customers.  Members of our Digital team will be on site to show you how we make digital products accessible and usable by all.
Stop by our booth and register to participate in small research style interviews on either the afternoon of July 6 or 7.  Tell us what you think and receive a thank you gift for your time.  You can also visit us at our booth on July 5-7 to try out the products and give us your feedback.

Saturday, July 4

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: iOS for the iPhone/iPad, $12 ($15), Pearl 4
Hands-on training from assistive technology firm Fedora Outlier, LLC, providing "Better Than Excellent" teaching, consulting & support for all of Apple's accessible products.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Get Closer to Your Mac, $12 ($15), Pearl 4
Hands-on training from assistive technology firm Fedora Outlier, LLC, providing "Better Than Excellent" teaching, consulting & support for all of Apple's accessible products.

Sunday, July 5

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Window-Eyes, City View 2
Window-Eyes Offer for MS Office users and paid for version of Window-Eyes.  Presented by Ai Squared.
10:00 AM Braille is "Trending" HIMS, Pearl 4
Session by Andy Leach.  U2 with Macro Manager, Password protection, Bookshare download, Nemeth and UEB support. HIMS Braille products, the personal Smart Beetle, allows you to connect up to 6 devices simultaneously. Smart Beetle will also let your write in contracted Braille in platforms that don’t support it. The Braille EDGE, 40-cell Braille display with notepad, appointment calendar, alarm, count down timer and so much more!
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: ZoomText, City View 2
ZoomText Mac, ImageReader and CamReader.  Presented by AI Squared.
2:00 PM: E-bot: Tablets and Video Magnifiers and CANDY 5 HD II Wins Red Dot Design Award, Pearl 4.
Session by Rick Sellers / James McCarthy, the only iPad compatible new and distance video magnifier with OCR.  E-bot can be connected to virtually any Mac, PC, or tablet device.  This lets you choose your own screen.  CANDY 5 HD II is the only handheld video magnifier with a self-viewing mode – great for a person’s self-grooming.

Monday, July 6

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Why I love my Victor Reader Stream!, City View 3.  Join HumanWare to share your reading and listening experiences with the Stream’s wifi features, including Internet radio, online podcasts and direct browsing and download from NLS BARD.  Talk with our experts and learn how to get the most from the Victor Reader Stream.
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Get Closer to Your Mac, $12 ($15), Pearl 4.  Hands-on training from assistive technology firm Fedora Outlier, LLC, providing "Better Than Excellent" teaching, consulting & support for all of Apple's accessible products.
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Reception, City View 7.  Learn about a treatment option for Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.  Have your questions answered by a medical expert, and one living with Non-24.
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM: Bookshare Office Hours, City View 8
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.
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: iOS for the iPhone/iPad, $12 ($15), Pearl 4.  Hands-on training from assistive technology firm Fedora Outlier, LLC, providing "Better Than Excellent" teaching, consulting & support for all of Apple's accessible products.

Tuesday, July 7

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: HumanWare Breeze+ Talking GPS System, City View 3.  Learn all about the new Breeze+ talking GPS system and hear how the updated GPS technology makes it a Breeze traveling around Dallas.  Join us for a short walk around town and explore all that’s around!

Wednesday, July 8

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: All About Android Lollipop, Remington
The Android Operating System, demonstrating built-in accessibility features and highlighting the newest release, Android Lollipop.  Presented by Google.
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Docs & Drive for Power Users, Remington.  Google Docs is a powerful tool for sharing content and engaging teams to produce information.  Make use of this tool to disseminate information and collaboratively create content.  Google has been working to improve the Docs accessibility experience for individuals with disabilities, including vision loss.  This session will help those who want to go beyond the basics.  Presented by Google.

Thursday, July 9

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Google Chrome & Chrome OS, Remington.  Learn about Google Chrome's built-in accessibility features like ChromeVox, High Contrast and Magnifier.  How to make your Chrome browser or Chromebook screen easier to see, have web pages read out loud, and make your keyboard easier to use.
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Google Open House, Remington
Demos of latest Google's hardware and software.  Get  your Google Apps and hardware questions answered.

Self-Improvement

Monday, July 6, and Tuesday, July 7, City View 5

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
1Touch Self Defense. $12 ($15)
1Touch is a self-defense course designed specifically for the blind and addresses real life situations with practical applications.  Hands-on workshop is open to all.  (Limit 20.)

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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Friday from 7:00 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 5, Press Club

Meet Kids’ Club leaders and play games.  Snacks included.

Monday, July 6, Press Club

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"  The widely recognized Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas.  See the Giants of the Savanna, the Children's Zoo, the Wilds of Africa and the Gorilla Conservation Research Center.  You can get up close and personal with many animals, including giraffes!  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.

Tuesday, July 7, Press Club

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Galleria Ice Skating!  Indoor ice skating to music videos.  Shops, food and fun!  A truly "cool" experience!  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.

Wednesday, July 8, Press Club

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
SMG Theaters feature the latest digital projection and sound for an unmatched cinema experience.  We'll pick a fun movie for everyone and have lunch at the grill!  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.

Thursday, July 9, Press Club

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a "world of wonder" and described as "groundbreaking, breathtaking and mind shaping."  12 permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions inspire curiosity in all ages!  Amaze your brain with hands-on learning experiences.  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.

Friday, July 9, Press Club

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club $15 ($20)
What could be more fun than ending your week at Kids’ Club playing arcade games, bowling and eating great food!  The Main Event has it all!  Includes breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Kids’ Explorers Club Party
Last chance to have fun with Kids’ Club friends while eating pizza and playing games.

2015 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. All tours buses will load and drop off at the entrance outside Draft Media Sports Lounge.  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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. 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 3

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM: AT&T Stadium Tour $63 ($65)
Home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof and a natural grass field that can be rolled into the parking lot.  This VIP tour includes visits to a private suite, the press box, the Miller Lite Club, the post-game interview room, the Cowboys’ and the Cheerleaders’ locker rooms, and the Texas-sized gift shop.  Lunch will be pre-ordered from the stadium snack bar.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Dinner-Texas Style! $47 ($50) Hoffbrau is considered the best steakhouse in Dallas!
We’ll have dinner in the private "no bull" dining room.  Begin with "Brau Chips," a Hoffbrau Original of thin sliced homemade fried potatoes served with ranch dressing.  Dinner includes hot wheat rolls, salad, steak fries and banana pudding.  Dinner entrees are:
Dr. Pepper Chicken (Grilled in Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce);
New York Strip (8 ounces & Hand-Cut); and Grilled Shrimp.

Saturday, July 4

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 1: $18 ($22) Climb on board and enjoy a descriptive tour of the rich history of "Big D."  You will hear about Dallas’ rich history spanning 200 years and learn about the famous people and places of interest in this robust city. No stopping.
11:30 AM – 6:00 PM: Stockyard Station $25 ($28) In Fort Worth’s National Historic District, the Stockyards is the history book of the livestock industry in Texas.  Enjoy shopping, lunch, and visits to any of a long list of shops, restaurants, and entertainment attractions.
12:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Zero Gravity Thrill Park $53 ($55)
The home of big thrills in North Texas!  Experience three of the five most extreme rides in Texas: glide over 100 ft. off the ground on the Skycoaster, rocket straight up at 70 mph on the Texas Blastoff, and hit 4 G’s on the Skyscraper.

Sunday, July 5

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 2. $18 ($22)
Climb on board and enjoy a descriptive tour of the rich history of "Big D."  You will hear about Dallas’ rich history spanning 200 years and learn about the famous people and places of interest in this robust city. No stopping.
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Dallas Heritage Village $23 ($25)
Dallas Heritage Village is 20 acres of the finest collection of 19th century buildings and homes in Texas.  Stroll the grounds and discover what life was like over 100 years ago. Learn the village history during this guided docent tour.
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: City Bus Tour 3. $18 ($22)
Climb on board and enjoy a descriptive tour of the rich history of "Big D."  You will hear about Dallas’ rich history spanning 200 years and learn about the famous people and places of interest in this robust city. No stopping.
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM: City Bus Tour 4. $18 ($22)
Climb on board and enjoy a descriptive tour of the rich history of "Big D."  You will hear about Dallas’ rich history spanning 200 years and learn about the famous people and places of interest in this robust city. No stopping.

Monday, July 6

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum $32 ($35)
The repository for Presidential gifts and donated artifacts relating to the life of President and Mrs. George W. Bush.  This is a white glove tour – touch artifacts in the 9/11 exhibit, the replica of the Oval Office, and much more.  Docents and audio description are available – this is a special tour!
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Frontiers of Flight $32 ($35)
Higher, faster, farther!  Explore the history of aviation from the Wright Bros to today in this modern 100,000-square-foot museum.  Flight simulators, a Boeing 737, the “Flying Pancake,” and the Apollo 7 capsule await.

Tuesday, July 7

12:15 PM - 4:15 PM: AFB and Esther's Place. $28 ($30)
See a fully furnished model apartment designed with accommodations for vision loss.  Over 500 adaptive products are available for hands-on demonstrations.  The environmental design includes: lighting, color, contrast, texture, and physical arrangement to enhance safety and independence.  To enhance your experience, the tour will be divided into groups of totally blind, limited sight and low vision.  Lunch included.
12:15 PM - 5:00 PM: Bureau of Engraving $22 ($25)
Over half of the nation’s currency is produced right here in Fort Worth!  Join us for a private tour of our state-of-the-art facility and see billions of dollars being printed!  A quarter-mile long elevated walkway overlooks the production floor where you will have a close-up view of the latest in new technology printing.  Also enjoy the informative theater movie, two floors of exhibits and purchase uncut currency and souvenirs in the gift shop.  A unique and memorable experience for all!
5:15 PM - 11:00 PM: Texas Rangers Game $55 ($60)
Take me out to the ballgame!  Enjoy an evening at the beautiful Globe Life Park as the Texas Rangers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Listen to play by play radio on The Fan, 105.3 or 1540am.  A $10 food coupon is included.
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM: Winstar Casino (in RSVA pkg) $30 ($35).  Play slots, poker, and bingo, or relax in one of the casino lounges.  The casino features 3 entertainment venues and several restaurants. Play trivia and enjoy snacks while riding the bus.  Sponsored by RSVA. All are welcome.

Wednesday, July 8

12:15 PM – 4:15 PM: AFB and Esther's Place. $28 ($30)
See a fully furnished model apartment designed with accommodations for vision loss.  Over 500 adaptive products are available for hands-on demonstrations.  The environmental design includes: lighting, color, contrast, texture, and physical arrangement to enhance safety and independence.  To enhance your experience, the tour will be divided into groups of totally blind, limited sight and low vision.  Lunch included.
12:15 PM – 5:45 PM: Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch. $40 ($45).  Rare and endangered exotic wildlife in an up-close and hands-on setting.  Pet a kangaroo, camel, lemur and more on this private tour designed for ACB.  Lunch will be provided by Sonic Drive-in.
12:15 PM - 4:00 PM: Candy Lovers Tour 1, $18 ($22)
A shopper's paradise – two candy stores to indulge your sweet tooth!  You'll feel like you are in Europe with Kate Weiser Chocolates – shop for bonbons, and chocolate bars or sip a cup of coffee or tea from the café.  Then we’re off to Dude Sweets for more candy shopping – fudge, truffles, toffees, nuts and artisan chocolates.  Both will have sample trays.
1:30 PM – 5:15 PM: Candy Lovers Tour 2, $18 ($22)
A shopper's paradise – two candy stores to indulge your sweet tooth!  You'll feel like you are in Europe with Kate Weiser Chocolates – bonbons, chocolate bars or sip a cup of coffee or tea from the café.  Then we’re off to Dude Sweets for more candy shopping – fudge, truffles, toffees, nuts and artisan chocolates.  Both will have sample trays.

Thursday, July 9

12:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Dallas Holocaust Museum, $32 ($35).  This “white glove” tour will allow us to touch artifacts from the Holocaust.  Docents will describe in detail the exhibits.  A Holocaust survivor will also speak to our group.
1:00 PM – 5:15 PM Meadows Museum, $32 ($35)
A Passage to Spain: experience an inclusive gallery visit that highlights works from the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection.  Docents will demonstrate a multisensory, interdisciplinary approach – incorporating description and tactile graphics – that enables blind or low vision visitors to engage with original works of art.  Wine and cheese reception included.  Limited to 30 participants.

Saturday, July 11

8:45 AM – 3:15 PM: Southfork Ranch, $68 ($70)
If you loved the TV show “Dallas,” this tour is for you!  Visit Southfork Ranch and tour “the house” where you can touch and learn about the show.  Walk out by the famous swimming pool.  The tour guides are informative and there are two huge gift shops with everything from Southfork souvenirs to exclusive jewelry and cowboy boots. The tour includes a down home lunch of chicken fried steak and all the trimmings.
4:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Mesquite Rodeo, $73 ($75)
Start your evening off with a Texas style dinner of BBQ pork ribs, fried chicken, cowboy beans, potato salad, apple pie and beverages (including beer & wine)!  Then sit back and enjoy Joel Snyder audio describe all the bucking bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping and much, much more.  This is a professional rodeo where contenders will be earning points towards the championship rodeo this fall.

Recreation Zone

Chair: Oral Miller

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10

7:00 AM – 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
Wake up with gentle stretching (seated in chairs) & low cardio along with Fitness & Health Q&A, a great way to start your day! Limited seating; hosted by two athletes, Victor is sighted and Anthony is blind.

Monday, July 6, State Room 2

5:45 PM — 7:00 PM:  Yogalates with Leslie Spoone. Stay fit with a yoga and Pilates workout.  Open to all levels of experience.  Presenter: Leslie Spoone,  Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer, Orlando, FL. Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.
5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Water Aerobics, Hotel Pool.  Led by Gerry Koors.

Thursday, July 9, State Room 2

5:45 PM — 7:00 PM Yogalates with Leslie Spoone
Stay fit with a yoga and Pilates workout.  Open to all levels of experience.  Presenter: Leslie Spoone,  Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer, Orlando, FL. Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.
5:45 PM — 7:00 PM Water Aerobics, Hotel Pool.  Led by Gerry Koors.

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 2015 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.

Saturday, July 4

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Star Trek Old West Movie Party. $22 ($24), Kathryn Johnson’s Suite
Hitch a ride on the Wagon Train to the stars: Strap on your Phaser; join Kirk, Spock, and McCoy at the OK Corral.  Help Worf and Data save Deadwood from outlaws.  Watch episodes, enjoy cowboy food, games and prizes.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Deep in the Heart of Texas, $12 ($15), Houston Ballroom A
Come one, come all to the Dallas Welcome Party!  Country western music, dancing, cash bar, snacks and door prizes.  Sponsored by the Dallas host committee.

Sunday, July 5

12:15 PM: Sports Fanatics' Luncheon $16 ($18), City View 8
Take a break from the serious work of the convention and indulge yourself in the world of sports. Just about anything might happen in the wilds of Texas!
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Newsreelers Get Together. $10 ($12), City View 5

Thursday, July 9, San Antonio Ballroom 1

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Birdman, Audio Described! $5 ($5)
2015 Academy Award winner for best film, Best Directing and Best Original Screen play.  A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

2015 Exhibits

Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind

The 2015 ACB / NIB 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.  Lone Star Ballroom C.
2015 ACB / NIB Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, July 4, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 5, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 6 – 7, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 8, 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 / JPMorgan Chase & Co. Information Desk before 10:00 AM each day.

  • ACB Mini Mall
  • ACB Monthly Monetary Support Program
  • Affiliated Blind of Louisiana
  • AI Squared
  • Alyssa’s Beads for Life
  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Bartimaeus Bible Institute
  • BAUM USA
  • Bold Lead Designs LLC
  • Braille Bibles International
  • Braille Design
  • Braulio Worldwide
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Christian Record Services for the Blind
  • Computers for the Blind
  • Duxbury Systems, Inc.
  • Enabling Technologies
  • En-Vision America
  • Freedom Scientific
  • Friends-in-Art
  • Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs of America
  • Guide Lights and Gadgets
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind
  • HIMS Inc.
  • HumanWare
  • Irie-AT
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • JW.org
  • Keen Adaptive Technology Inc.
  • Kurzweil Education
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Library of Congress
  • Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
  • Logan Tech
  • Lutheran Braille Workers
  • Magical Moments Vacations
  • Maxi-Aids
  • National Braille Press Inc.
  • Optelec
  • Perkins Solutions/Perkins School for the Blind
  • Polara
  • Regions Bank
  • Social Security Administration
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs
  • Texas State Library & Archives Commission
  • The Hadley School for the Blind
  • The Seeing Eye, Inc.
  • Travel One
  • Triumph Technology LLC
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals
  • Verizon

ACB Marketplace

Visit these exciting tables full of jewelry, books, CDs, drawing tickets, and gift items.  ACB Marketplace is located outside Lone Star Ballroom.  It is open Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 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
Katie Frederick, Worthington, OH
Michael Garrett, Missouri City, TX
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
John McCann, Tucson, AZ
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
Tom Mitchell, Salt Lake City, UT
Doug Powell, Falls Church, VA
Judy Wilkinson, San Leandro, CA

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
Kelly Gasque, Executive Assistant
Sharon Lovering, Editor, ACB Braille Forum
Tom Tobin, Director of Development

ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff

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

2015 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

2015 Convention Program Committee

Kim Charlson, Chair, Watertown, MA
Becky Collier, Garland, TX
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
Cindy Van Winkle, Bremerton, WA
Melanie Brunson, Staff Liaison, Arlington, VA

2015 Local Host Committee

Stuart Swartz, Chair, Plano, TX
Pat Canty, Dallas, TX
Becky Collier, Garland, TX
Allen Dunbar, Desoto, TX
Sheila Derrick, Fort Worth, TX
Marci Duty, Dallas, TX (Des Moines, IA)
Ted Harper, Dallas, TX
Anna Russo, Dallas, TX
Joyce Smith, Dallas, TX

ACB Hero

photo of ACB Hero, Tony McKinney.jpgTony McKinney

Statler Center, a program of the Olmsted Center for Sight located in Buffalo, NY, would like to recognize Tony McKinney, one of our own heroes in Dallas, TX. We would also like to recognize the three organizations that played a role in his success - Criss Cole, The Dallas office of DARS, and the Statler Center.
 
My name is Tony McKinney. I live in Dallas, TX and am a recent graduate of the National Statler Center. I was unemployed for a year in a half, but always wanted an opportunity to serve others in the hospitality or customer service industries.
 
I learned about the National Statler Center while attending the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Austin, TX.  I am now the living definition of rehabilitation, because I have gained so much confidence toward accomplishing my goals in employment and independent living.  I am a more qualified applicant for employment.
CCRC gave me the tools to open doors for my future. The Dallas office of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services provided me with the exciting opportunity to attend the National Statler Center, which specializes in careers in customer service for people who are blind and visually impaired or physically disabled.  I selected this specialized vocational training program because the mission statement was in line with my vocational goal.  I committed myself to the program, and felt that it would be a worthwhile investment in my future.  I assured my supporters that I would be a successful, gainfully employed professional, and live the lifestyle that I dreamed of.
 
I graduated from the Statler Center in 2014 and I truly hit the ground running when I returned to Texas.  I put in over 60 applications; going to 16 interviews from Dallas to Austin, and within four months accepted a position as a switchboard operator with Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.
 
It took self-confidence, motivation, hope and the willingness to work hard to be successful. I thank everyone who helped me get on the road to success.

Conference and Convention Calendar

Thursday, July 2

  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3

Friday, July 3

  • 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 10:00 AM — 3:30 PM: AT&T Stadium
  • 5:00 PM — 8:00 PM: Dinner-Texas Style!

Saturday, July 4

  • 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: ACB Pre-convention Board Meeting, State Room 2
  • 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 1
  • 10:00AM — 11:15AM: iOS for the iPhone/iPad4, Pearl 4
  • 11:30 AM — 6:00 PM: Stockyard Station
  • 12:45 PM — 4:45 PM: Zero Gravity Thrill Park
  • 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall is open, Lone Star Ballroom C
  • 1:00 PM — 2:15 PM: Get Closer to Your Mac, Pearl 4
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: 411 from the IAC, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: CCLVI Board Meeting, City View 4
  • 4:00 PM — 7:30 PM: Star Trek Old West Movie Party, Kathryn Johnson's Suite
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM: Grant Writin' Roundup, State Room 3
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Constitution & Bylaws, Pearl 5
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, State Room 4
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: LUA Board Meeting, City View 6
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: AAVIA Board Meeting, City View 4
  • 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 — 10:00 PM: ACB Students Welcome Party, Executive Director’s Suite
  • 8:00  PM — 11:00 PM: Dallas Welcome Party, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, Houston Ballroom A
  • 9:00PM — 11:00 PM: ACB Lions Milly's Place, President’s Suite

Sunday, July 5

  • 7:00 AM — 8:30 AM: Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk, Pearl 5
  • 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:00 AM — 11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast, City View 7
  • 8:00AM — 9:00AM: GDUI Hotel Orientation, GDUI Suite
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: CCLVI Business Meeting, State Room 1
  • 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM: Window Eyes, City View 2
  • 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall is open, Lone Star Ballroom C
  • 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM: Jewish Service, City View 1
  • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Lions Board Meeting, City View 5
  • 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM: Interdenominational Church Service, State Room 4
  • 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 2
  • 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: BITS — Windows, City View 6
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: RSVA Board Meeting, Pearl 5
  • 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: HIMS — Braille is "Trending," Pearl 4
  • 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM: BOP Meeting, State Room 2.
  • 10:30 AM — 11:45 AM: Spoiler Alert! ZoomText and Window-Eyes are Getting Married!, City View 2
  • 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM: LDS Sacrament Meeting, City View 1, Bishop Zachary Lind, Dallas, TX.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: ACB Committees Chairs Meeting, State Room 3
  • 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM: GDUI — "Life in the Fast Lane," GDUI Suite
  • 11:30 AM — 3:30 PM: Dallas Heritage Village
  • 12:15 PM — 2:15 PM: City Bus Tour 3
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Scholarship Luncheon, Houston Ballroom A
  • 12:15 PM — 1:45 PM: Sports Fanatics' Luncheon, City View 8
  • 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM: BRL Orienteering, Live Oak
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Credentials Committee, Pearl 5
  • 1:15 PM — 5:15 PM: AAVIA Program, City View 1
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: ACBDA Seminar, State Room 4
  • 1:30 PM — 4:00 PM: BITS Vendor Showcase, City View 6
  • 1:30 PM — 5:30 PM: RSVA Program,.City View 1
  • 1:30 PM — 2:45 PM: ZoomText, ZoomText Mac, ImageReader and CamReader, City View 2
  • 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM: GPS and Paratransit, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM: HIMS — E-bot, City View 2
  • 2:45 PM — 4:45 PM: City Bus Tour 4
  • 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM: ACBGE Mixer, President’s Suite
  • 3:00PM — 5:00PM: BPI's Texas Sized Mixer, BPI Suite
  • 3:30 PM — 5:00 PM: Newsreelers Get Together, City View 5
  • 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM: ZoomText University and the Window Eyes Training Class, City View 2
  • 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM: FIA Mixer/Showcase sign-up, FIA Suite
  • 4:00PM — 5:00PM: iOS App Swap, Austin Ballroom 2
  • 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM: Giving Society Recognition Reception (by invitation only), Houston Ballroom
  • 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM: CCLVI Mixer, Executive Director’s Suite
  • 4:30 PM — 5:30 PM: Keys to the Convention, State Room 3
  • 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM: Podcasts: Both Sides of the Mic, Austin Ballroom 2
  • 5:30 PM — 7:00 PM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: 54th Annual ACB Conference & Convention, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 10:00 PM — 12:00 AM: RSVA/IVIE Mixer, RSVA Suite

Monday, July 6

  • 6:45 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, meet in lobby
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: IVIE Breakfast, City View 7
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: AFB Breakfast, Houston Ballroom A
  • 7:00AM — 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
  • 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: ACB Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall is open, Lone Star Ballroom C
  • 12:15 PM — 2:45 PM: AAVL Luncheon, City View 7
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: MCAC Luncheon, City View 8
  • 12:15 PM — 5:30 PM: RSVA Awards Luncheon, Houston Ballroom A
  • 12:30 PM — 5:30PM: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • 12:30 PM — 5:30 PM: Frontiers of Flight
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: AABT Program, City View 6
  • 1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AAVIA Program, City View 1
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACB Passport, State Room 3
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Social Media on iOS devices, State Room 1
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Intro to Laughter Yoga, State Room 2
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Structured Discovery, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 PM — 5:30 PM: GDUI Program, San Antonio Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: LUA Program, City View 3
  • 2:45PM — 4:00PM: Your College Tool Kit, State Room 3
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: O 'Appy Days, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: BPI: Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
  • 2:45PM — 5:30PM: FIA Showcase Rehearsal, FIA suite
  • 2:45PM — 5:30PM: Feeling Your Fashion, State Room 4
  • 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM: Constitution & Bylaws, Pearl 5
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Scanning new ways / new devices, State Room 3
  • 5:45 PM — 7:45 PM: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Reception, Remington
  • 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM: ACB Nominating Committee, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Yogalates with Leslie Spoone, State Room 2
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Water Aerobics, Hotel Pool
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Why I love my Victor Reader Stream, City View 3
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Get Closer to Your Mac, Pearl 4
  • 5:45PM — 7:45PM: 1Touch Self Defense, City View 5
  • 7:15 PM — 9:00 PM: ACB Families Bingo, Austin Ballroom 2
  • 7:15 PM — 10:15 PM: GDUI Guide Dog School Appreciation Reception, San Antonio Ballroom A
  • 7:15 PM — 8:30 PM: Gospel Sing, State Room 1
  • 7:15 PM — 8:30 PM: iOS for the iPhone/iPad, Pearl 4
  • 7:30 PM — 9:00 PM: RSVA Comedy Night, Houston Ballroom A
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: CCLVI Game Night, Houston Ballroom B
  • 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM: Get Social with SAS, President’s Suite
  • 8:00 PM: Resolutions Committee, Pearl 5
  • 8:30 PM — 11:00 PM: BITS Mixer, BITS suite
  • 8:30 PM — 10:30 PM: 1Touch Self Defense, City View 5
  • 9:00 PM — 11:00 PM: FIA Prose and Poetry Reading, City View 7
  • 9:00PM — 12:00 AM: RSVA Karaoke, Houston Ballroom A

Tuesday, July 7

  • 6:45 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, Meet in lobby
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: BRL International Breakfast, Houston Ballroom A
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: Guide Dogs for the Blind Breakfast, Houston Ballroom B
  • 7:00AM — 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
  • 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:00AM – 3:00PM: ACB Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Exhibit Hall is open, Lone Star Ballroom C
  • 12:15 PM — 4:15 PM: AFB and Esther's Place
  • 12:15 PM — 5:00 PM:  Bureau of Engraving
  • 12:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AAVIA Luncheon, Live Oak
  • 12:15 PM — 1:15 PM: BITS Luncheon, City View 8
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: FIA Luncheon, City View 7
  • 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM:  Tour of food service facilities.
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Voices From Around the World Luncheon, Houston Ballroom A
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: Digital Mobile Radio, City View 8
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Memory Fitness Workout, City View 6
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: BRL Program, State Room 1
  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: VIVA Business Meeting, City View 4
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: CCLVI Annual Membership Meeting, State Room 3
  • 1:15 PM - 5:30 PM: GDUI Program, San Antonio Ballroom A
  • 2:45 PM — 5:30 PM: Equal Access to Equal Education, State Room 2
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: AD: the Latest and Greatest, City View 1
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Rehab Around the World, Houston Ballroom A
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Public Relations Basics, Austin Ballroom A
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: BPI: Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: AD: Make It Work For You, City View 1
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM:BRL Games with Ralph, State Room 1
  • 5:15 PM — 11:00 PM: Texas Rangers Game
  • 6:00 PM — 12:00 AM: Winstar Casino
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: ADP Mixer, Executive Director’s Suite
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Bookshare Members Event, City View 8
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: California Caucus, City View 6
  • 5:45PM — 7:00PM: Four Corners Caucus, State Room 1
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: HumanWare Breeze+ Talking GPS System, City View 3
  • 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM: Resolutions, Pearl 5
  • 5:45 PM — 7:45 PM: 1Touch Self Defense , City View 5
  • 6:30 PM — 7:30 PM Scholarship Winners' Reception, City View 3
  • 7:15 PM — 8:30 PM: Canine Massage Techniques, State Room 2
  • 8:00 PM — 11:00 PM: FIA Performing Arts Showcase, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 8:30 PM — 10:30 PM: 1Touch Self Defense, City View 5
  • 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM: Resolutions, Pearl 5
  • 10:30 PM — 12:00 AM: BPI's 15th Year Celebration, BPI Suite

Wednesday, July 8

  • 6:45 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club, Meet in lobby
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: ACBF Breakfast, City View 8
  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: NIB Annual Breakfast, Houston Ballroom A
  • 7:00AM — 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
  • 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: ACB Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:30AM — 12:00PM: ACB General Session, Lone Star A
  • 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM: ACB Exhibit Hall is Open, Lone Star Ballroom C
  • 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Audio Description Institute, City View 1
  • 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM: Lions Local Club Visit
  • 12:15 PM — 5:45 PM: Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
  • 12:15 PM — 4:00 PM: Candy Lovers Tour 1
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACBDA Luncheon Meeting, City View 7
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: GDUI Luncheon, San Antonio Ballroom A
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: IVIE Luncheon, City View 8
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: CCLVI Program, Television Independence, State Room 1
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Writers Workshop, FIA Suite
  • 1:15 PM — 4:00 PM: LUA/BRAILLE Program, State Room 3
  • 1:30 PM — 5:15 PM: Candy Lovers Tour 2
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Being SASI in Social Situations, State Room 4
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, State Room 2
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: CCLVI Program "Effectively Using Uber," State Room 1
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Songwriters Workshop, FIA Suite
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: GDUI Business Meeting & Caucus, San Antonio Ballroom 1
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Social Security Seminar, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: All About Android Lollipop, Remington
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: BPI: Let the Wine Tasting Begin, BPI Suite
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Round and Harmony Sing, FIA Suite
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Canine Massage Techniques, State Room 2
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Legislative Seminar, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Mid-South Caucus, City View 7
  • 4:15 PM — 5:45 PM: AAVL Musical Mixer, Executive Director’s Suite
  • 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM: MCAC Mid-Week Social, President’s Suite
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Docs & Drive for Power Users, Remington
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Maryland/New England/Florida Caucus, City View 8
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Midwest Caucus, City View 7
  • 6:00 PM: Lone Star Loot Auction, Houston Ballroom
  • 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM: BPI Movie: The Imitation Game, San Antonio Ballroom A
  • 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM: Resolutions, Pearl 5

Thursday, July 9

  • 7:00 AM — 8:15 AM: Washington State Breakfast (members only), City View 7
  • 7:00AM — 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
  • 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: ACB Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM: ACB General Session, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Audio Description Institute, City View 1
  • 12:15 PM — 4:15 PM: Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • 12:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACBGE Lunch & Meeting, City View 7
  • 12:15 PM — 2:00 PM: Lions Lunch, City View 8
  • 12:30 PM — 2:30 PM: IVIE Business Expo, State Room 1
  • 1:00 PM — 5:15 PM: Meadows Museum
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: ACB Radio Amateurs Program, State Room 3
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: BOP Editor's Workshop, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM: Google Chrome & Chrome OS, Remington
  • 2:45 PM — 4:45 PM: Google Open House, Remington
  • 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: 2015 ACB Membership Seminar, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM: Affiliate President’s' Meeting, Austin Ballroom 2
  • 4:15 PM — 5:30 PM AFB Discussion Group
  • 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM: DKM First-Timers Reception, President’s Suite
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Yogalates with Leslie Spoone, State Room 2
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Missouri Caucus, City View 6
  • 5:45 PM — 7:00 PM: Water Aerobics, Hotel Pool
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Resolutions, Pearl 5
  • 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM BOP Candidates' Forum, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM: Birdman! (Audio Described), San Antonio Ballroom 1
  • 9:00 PM — 11:00 PM: ACBDA Mixer, Executive Director’s Suite
  • 9:00 PM — 11:00 PM: ACBS Comedy Night, Houston Ballroom A
  • 10:00 PM: This Ain't Your Parents' Party, BPI Suite
  • 9:30 PM – 5:00 AM: Resolutions, Pearl 5

Friday, July 10

  • 7:00AM — 8:15AM: Sister Power Breakfast, City View 7
  • 7:00AM — 8:00AM: Early Birds Exercise, State Room 2
  • 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Club, Press Club
  • 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM: ACB Marketplace, Lone Star Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM: ACB Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
  • 8:30 AM — 5:00 PM: ACB General Session, Lone Star Ballroom A
  • 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM: Audio Description Institute, City View 1
  • 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM: ACB Life Member Reception, Houston Ballroom A
  • 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Kids' Explorers Party, Press Club
  • 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM: ACB Banquet, Austin Ballroom 1
  • 10:00 PM: BPI Last Call, BPI Suite

Saturday, July 11

  • 8:45 AM — 3:15 PM: Southfork Ranch
  • 4:30 PM — 11:00 PM: Mesquite Rodeo

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