The ACB Braille Forum Volume LV March 2017 No. 9

The ACB Braille Forum
Volume LV March 2017 No. 9
Published by
the American Council of the Blind
Be A Part of ACB
The American Council of the Blind (TM) is a membership organization made up of more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates.  To join, contact the national office at 1-800-424-8666.
Contribute to Our Work
Those much-needed contributions, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to Attn: Treasurer, ACB, 6300 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Suite 195, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.  If you wish to remember a relative or friend, the national office has printed cards available for this purpose.  Consider including a gift to ACB in your Last Will and Testament.  If your wishes are complex, call the national office.
To make a contribution to ACB by the Combined Federal Campaign, use this number: 11155.
Check in with ACB
For the latest in legislative and governmental news, call the “Washington Connection” 24/7 at 1-800-424-8666, or read it online.
Listen to ACB Reports by downloading the MP3 file from, or call (605) 475-8154 and choose option 3. Tune in to ACB Radio at or by calling (605) 475-8130.
Learn more about us at Follow us on Twitter at @acbnational, or like us on Facebook at
© 2017 American Council of the Blind
Eric Bridges, Executive Director
Sharon Lovering, Editor
1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311
Table of Contents
In Memoriam: Otis H. Stephens Jr., Sept. 20, 1936-Dec. 2, 2016
Readers’ Remembrances of Otis Stephens
President’s Message: Planning for the Future: A Strategic Direction for the Next Five Years, by Kim Charlson
ACB Commends Access Board on 508 Refresh
Helpful Hints for Attending the Convention, by Janet Dickelman
Awards Committee Seeks Nominees for 2017 ACB Awards, by Chelle Hart and Chip Hailey, Awards Committee Co-Chairs
Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Durward K. McDaniel: Support the DKM First-Timer Program, by Kenneth Semien Sr.
Holiday Auction Thank-Yous, by Carla Ruschival
Ida Schwerzel: A Century of Memories, Part 2, by Greg Lindberg
Easy Fund-Raiser for Your Affiliate, by Kathy Brockman
Affiliate News
Spotlight on ACB Students, by Tamara Lomax
Here and There, edited by Sharon Strzalkowski
High Tech Swap Shop
ACB Officers, Board of Directors, and Board of Publications
Accessing Your ACB Braille and E-Forums
Are You Moving? Do You Want to Change Your Subscription?
Contact Sharon Lovering in the ACB national office, 1-800-424-8666, or via e-mail, Give her the information, and she’ll make the changes for you.
Keep up with the most important ACB news and announcements without any other chatter. Subscribe to the ACB Announce listserv. Send a blank e-mail to, or visit and type your e-mail address and name where indicated.
Want to stream your convention? ACB Radio can help you out; write to
Keep up with the haps when affiliates stream conventions at