The 2019 ACB Candidates Forum is Just Around the Corner!

2019 is a pivotal year for the ACB because we will be holding elections for officers, and with several officers leaving the Board, there will be change.

During the next several weeks, you will have several opportunities to get to know those candidates who have announced their candidacy to serve as an Officer of the ACB. One is the ACB Candidates page which is posted at

Your next opportunity will be the 2019 ACB Candidates Forum which will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 beginning at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

Come and meet the candidates,; hear their answers to questions forwarded from the BOP and from ACB members; and ask questions of your own. You can join online via the Zoom Conference app using your computer or mobile device, or you can listen via ACB Radio or by phone. Here’s what you need to know to join the conversation.


Date, Time and Location

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • 9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Pacific
  • Duration – Approximately 90 minutes
  • Where – ACB Radio, by phone and online; see below for details.


Listening via ACB Radio

The ACB Candidates Forum will be live streamed on Live Event. You can access ACB Radio online at, via ACBLink, via your Alexa smart speaker or by phone through Audio Now. For more instructions on using ACB Radio, visit

If you join by ACB Radio, you will not be able to interact on air, but you can email questions to In order to be accepted, your question must address a specific candidate or the candidates in general and must pertain to blindness-related or ACB-related business. You must also provide your full name and the state where you reside.


Joining by Phone

If you wish to join by phone, you may do so, either to listen or to comment. Here are the dialing instructions:

  • Dial - 669-900-6833, and
  • Enter meeting ID: 3014709862#

When dialing in by phone, keep the following commands in mind:

  •  *6 is a toggle  that mutes and unmutes your line.
  • *9 toggles between raising your hand to ask a question and lowering your hand. – If you want to ask a question, you need to raise your hand.


Joining the Candidates Forum Online

Join the Candidates Forum online or using your smartphone using Zoom. If you have never joined a Zoom meeting, you will need to install Zoom software or the Zoom mobile app. The process is simple and free. Here are instructions to guide you on your way:


Installing Zoom

Using a computer – Browse to and download the Zoom Launcher. Once you install the Zoom Launcher, you will be able to enter Zoom meetings.

For your mobile phone – You can download the Zoom Cloud app from the Apple App Store or from the Google Play Store. You can also install the zoom app automatically when you attempt to join the Zoom meeting directly at the time you join the meeting.


Joining the ACB Candidates Forum Online

Joining from a smartphone or tablet:

  • Open the Zoom app and join the meeting with the meeting ID number 3014709862.

Joining from a Computer (2 options):


For Technical Assistance

If you are unable to join the meeting through any of the modes described above, send an email to Larry Turnbull at Larry will not be able to respond once the meeting gets under way, so keep the ACB Radio and phone information handy as these options are almost always available—even if the technology is struggling.


Not Your Last Chance

Although we want you to join the conversation on June 19, you will have additional opportunities to meet the candidates. You can check out the candidate statements on the ACB Candidates Page by visiting  You can also attend the ACB Candidates Town Hall Meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, beginning at 7:15 Eastern Time in Convention Center, Lilac Ballroom South.