2012 Conference and Convention Program

ACB: Full Steam Ahead
2 steamships racing
51st Annual National
Conference and Convention
American Council of the Blind
Special-Interest Affiliates
Galt House Hotel and Suites
Louisville, Kentucky
July 6-14, 2012
Mitch Pomerantz, President
Hosted by the
Kentucky Council of the Blind
William Deatherage, President



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Completely Redesigned!


Braille Plus 18 ™

Second Generation

Soon APH will offer a new Braille Plus (Second Generation) notetaker.
Braille Plus 18 ™ is a powerful, flexible, easy-to-use notetaker.  Use this handheld device to read books, write class assignments, scan documents, search the web, keep track of appointments, find directions, record lectures, listen to podcasts, run Android ™ apps, and much more!
A Few New Features:


  • 18-cell refreshable braille display
  • SMP camera, scan printed material for braille or speech output
  • GPS navigation
  • Stereo recording with built-in microphones
  • Full-size SD card slot and USB port
  • Run thousands of Android apps
  • GSM 3G wireless capability


Learn more at a presentation by
Michael McCarty
Tuesday, July 10
7:30 p.m.
“Explore Your World with APH’s Braille Plus 18”
Stop by APH’s booth for more information!

Braille Plus 18 will become the hub of your on-the-go digital life!
(photo of Braille Plus 18) Actual color may vary.


APH American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

800-223-139      info@aph.org      www.aph.org
The Braille Plus Second Generation Notetaker is made possible by a partnership between APH and LevelStar, LLC.

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Google is proud to support the American Council of the Blind, and participate in the 2012 Conference

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Table of Contents

  • Kentucky Gems- 2012 Corporate Sponsors
  • From the President
  • Abbreviations in this Program

Basic Information:

  • Program Formatting Notes
  • ACB Photography
  • Medical Information
  • Digital Information and Internet
  • Info for Guide Dog Users
  • Hotel Information
  • Registration Q & A
  • Communication Center Services
  • ACB Convention Café
  • ACB Fundraisers
  • Affiliate Caucuses
  • Religious Activities
  • Convention Standing Rules

American Council of the Blind:
General Session Agenda

ACB Boards

  • Board of Directors
  • Board of Publications

ACB Standing Committees

  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Resolutions Committee

ACB Sponsored Activities

  • DKM First-Timers Committee
  • Education Task Force
  • Employment Issues Task Force
  • Information Access Committee
  • International Relations Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Multicultural Affairs Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Rehabilitation Issues Task Force
  • Resource Development Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Sight and Sound Impaired Committee
  • Transportation Committee
  • Women's Concerns Committee
  • ACB Leadership Institute 2012
  • Audio Description Institute
  • Other ACB Programs and Events

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

  • Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss
  • American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys
  • ACB Diabetics in Action
  • ACB Government Employees
  • ACB Human Service Professionals
  • ACB Lions
  • ACB Radio Amateurs
  • ACB Students
  • Blind Information Technology Specialists
  • Blind LGBT Pride International
  • Braille Revival League
  • Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
  • Friends-in-Art of ACB
  • Guide Dog Users, Inc
  • Independent Visually Impaired Enterprisers
  • Library Users of America
  • National Association of Blind Teachers
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America
  • Visually Impaired Veterans of America

Other Meetings and Programs

  • Career Development Programs
  • Events for Guide Dog Users
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Legislation and Advocacy Programs
  • Technology Updates and Training

Kids and Families

  • Youth Activity Center
  • 2012 Conference and Convention Tours
  • Recreation Zone
  • More Convention Entertainment
  • 2012 Exhibits
  • ACB Marketplace
  • ACB Officers and Board of Directors
  • ACB Board of Publications
  • ACB Enterprises and Services Board of Directors
  • ACB National Office Staff
  • ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff
  • 2012 Convention Coordinating Committee
  • 2012 Convention Program Committee
  • 2012 Local Host Committee

 ACB Heros

  • Leroy and Mary Ellen Johnson (Arkansas Council of the Blind
  • Julia Toyama (Hawaii Association of the Blind)
  • Roy Ward (ACB Families)

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