American  Council  of the  Blind

The American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM) began in the early 1970's, as the "Gopher State Blind Association." The name was changed to the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota in the early 1980's, when the organization became formally affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB).

The American Council of the Blind of Minnesota is an organization that looks to the future, while recognizing the lessons taught by the past. Please join ACBM in making a better future for all blind Minnesotans.

ACBM is a 501(c)(3) organization. If you would like to donate, it will be tax deductible.

This button can also be used for paying for dues, quarterly meetings, events and auction stuff! Just enter the purpose - you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this.

ACBM Mailbox:   ACBM
PO Box 7341
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Information on Central Corridor Light Rail

The link to the Central Corridor Light Rail is For those on Twitter, the address is

Save the Date!

ACBM Coffee Gathering - 2nd Saturday of the month Quarterly Meeting - 4th Saturday of January, April, July and October
Summer Picnic - August 23, 2014 ACBM Convention in Bloomington, MN, - January 23-25, 2015


Annual ACBM Picnic on August 23rd

Come one and all to the annual ACBM picnic and auction! It will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at Colleen Kitagawa's home, 6439 Stevens Avenue South in Richfield. The cost is $12.00 this year. You can now pay through Paypal and you don't need to have a PayPal account. Just go to the ACBM website and click on the "Donate" button near the top of the home page.

We will be having hamburgers and hot-dogs with a couple of sides, watermelon and a sweet or two.

If you have any ideas for a source of tables and chairs and a canopy, please let us know. Ideas could be your church, local school or community center for chairs and tables. Last year we had to rent them and it was quite expensive.

We will also be holding our auction so please bring items to sell and lots of money to buy. Bring something you think would create a bidding war! Be creative and offer a gift certificate for a dinner or computer service. Think outside the box! Anything chocolate always seems to do well !!!

RSVP to Colleen by telephone (612) 869-8584

If you need to cancel your picnic reservation, please do so by Noon on Thursday, August 21st or you will be charged the full cost of the meal.


Colleen's yard is mostly sunny. In case you do sit in the sun, you might consider bringing a hat or sun screen.

The gate will be open so please make sure your dog is under your control at all times. There is a designated area in the yard for dog relieving.

We look forward to seeing you at the picnic and auction on Saturday, August 23rd.


ACBM Convention is coming in January. Visit ACBM Convention News for information!


The Summer 2014 Memo is now available online ...


ACBM Coffee Gathering - 2nd Saturday of the month

The ACBM Coffee Gathering will be held from 10-12 a.m. at
Panera Bread
809 Nicollet Avenue


To help ACBM even more, use Good Search at as your search engine. It will ask you to enter your charity; use American Council of the Blind of Minnesota.

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