Eatsa, Restaurant of the Future, Excludes Blind Customers

Eatsa, a chain of eateries touted as the “restaurant of the future,” has arrived in New York City with two Manhattan locations.  Yet its high-tech ordering and food pick-up process has failed to include existing, readily available usability features for blind and low vision people, in violation of civil rights law. To read this press release, visit:

ACB Response to Berkeley Webcasts Removal

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) raises concern over the University of California-Berkeley’s recent response to an August 2016 settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the nation’s leading public university, following a determination that the university was publicly posting inaccessible online lectures. To read this press release, please visit: 

2017 Conference and Convention

The 56th ACB conference and convention "ACB Sparks Success" will take place Friday, June 30, 2017 - Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people are expected to attend this conference from across the United States and many foreign countries. Countless others will listen to selected broadcasts from the conference on ACB's internet radio service.  

ACB Welcomes Reintroduction of Medicare Demonstration Bill

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) commends Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) on reintroduction of the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage of Low-Vision Devices Act of 2017 (H.R. 2050). This legislation will establish a national demonstration/research project tasked with identifying the impact to Medicare and Medicare recipients who are prescribed low-vision devices over a certain threshold cost. To read more, visit:

DirecTV Accessibility Resources

For Links to DirecTV's Talking Guide FAQ as well as instructions on how to enable video description through DirectTV, please visit:

Blind Parenting Video

Parents often say that raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of life. Now imagine how you’d do it if you were blind. Not sure? … Check out this video and learn how two parents, Rebecca and Eric, who are both blind are loving, laughing and adapting as they raise their two-year-old son, Tyler, who loves books, trucks, airplanes, playing, and exploring the world around him. ACB Parenting Video ACB Parenting Video with Audio Description

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Audio Described Tour

Members of the American Council of the Blind will attend a reception at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in celebration of a new audio-described tour of two key museum areas, the Hall of Witness and the Hall of Remembrance. Thanks to ongoing generous support from the Aid Association for the Blind of the District of Columbia, ACB’s Audio Description Project received full funding for the development of this tour. To read this press release in full, please visit:

Microsoft Accessibility Resources

For links to several Microsoft accessibility resources, visit:

ACB and the Policy of Structured Negotiations

An article about structured negotiations, written by Eric Bridges, appeared as a feature in the Philanthropy Journal, a publication of North Carolina State University. To read the article, please visit:

Charter Communications Accessible Features

To read a message from Charter Communications about their new accessible television features, please visit:

Making Microsoft products more accessible: What to expect in 2017

The American Council of the Blind continues to work closely with Microsoft Corporation to help bring further innovation to products we all use in work, education and entertainment. Microsoft has just released a public blog post outlining changes we will see in 2017. Highlights include: braille support in Windows, Support for creating professional, polished content with assistive technologies in Office 365 and so much more. ACB is sincerely thankful for the continual improvements we are seeing in Microsoft products for all users.

Verizon Launches Accessibility Features for FIOS Video Customers

Verizon Communications, one of the nation’s leading home and wireless telecommunication providers, has launched a resource page for its newly upgraded FiOS accessible video subscription service. The page provides information on FiOS text-to-speech functionality, which was pushed out to subscribers during a recent software update throughout the Verizon network. To read more please visit:

iPhone App from the American Council of the Blind Links Blind People to its Affiliates and Services

The ACB Link iPhone app assists ACB staff, members and friends to readily communicate news of relevance to the blind community. For more information about ACB Link, go to or read more at

Phone numbers for ACB Radio, ACB Braille and E-Forums and ACB Reports

You can reach ACB Radio on the phone by dialing 605-475-8130.

To reach the ACB Braille Forum, E Forum and ACB Reports, dial 605-475-8154.