- ACB - American Council of the Blind
- AABT - American Association of Blind Teachers
- AAVL - Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss
- AAVIA - American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys
- ACBDA - ACB Diabetics in Action
- ACBF - ACB Families
- ACBGE - ACB Government Employees
- ACBHSP - ACB Human Service Professionals
- ACBL - ACB Lions
- ACBRA - ACB Radio Amateurs
- ACBS - ACB Students
- ADP - Audio Description Project
- AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
Entries in this program give day, time, and location for each event. Descriptions, presenters, and ticket prices are shown when applicable. If a group is holding all of its events in the same room on a given day, that room name appears on the line beside the day and date. If a group is holding more than one event on a given day, and those events are in different rooms, the location for the first event is shown beside the day and date. Subsequent rooms are shown beside the events.
The official ACB photographer for the 2015 conference and convention will be taking pictures in the exhibit hall, on selected tours, and at many social events. He will visit committee and affiliate meetings, workshops, general sessions, and the banquet.
It is understood that all activities and programs scheduled at the 2015 conference and convention are subject to be photographed. Photos are the property of ACB, and are for ACB's use.
For medical emergencies, dial 0 on a hotel phone or 911 on any other phone. Stay calm and speak distinctly. Give your name, exact location and a description of the emergency. For medical care, contact:
ACB Radio - ACB Radio livestreams from all general sessions on the Mainstream channel; sessions are replayed around the clock. Some afternoon committee sessions will be streamed live or recorded for later broadcast. The FIA Performing Arts Showcase, BOP Candidates' Forum, and ACB Banquet are also livestreamed.
Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits. ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to help you locate the areas.
It is your responsibility to relieve your dog at regular intervals. You are expected to pick up after your dog; trash receptacles are located near relief areas.
Should an indoor accident occur, please report it to the front desk. Do not just walk away from or ignore an accident. If an accident occurs in your room, you will be charged for the clean-up.
Metro Paws Animal Hospital
1021 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 6 PM
Wednesdays: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM
Emergency Animal Clinic - Uptown (Emergency & Critical Care, nights, weekends, and holidays)
3337 N. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75204
The Sheraton has 3 room towers; north, center and south. Convention attendees will be housed in all three towers depending on room type.
Suites holding events will be located in the center or north towers.
Room numbers in each tower end in different numbers.
Sponsored by Verizon
Registration is located in Austin Ballroom 3 on the second floor of the Sheraton. Hours are:
The Communication Center is located in Atrium on the second floor of the Sheraton and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 4 through Thursday, July 9. This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.
Sponsored by AT&T.
Café Coupon Sponsors:
- Sunday, July 5, HIMS, Inc.
- Monday, July 6, Maxi-Aids
Stop by the ACB Convention Café to grab a quick cup of coffee, pastry, sandwich, salad or snack as you rush from one meeting to another or as you head out on a tour. Meet at the Café to visit with friends or just rest a while between activities. Located outside of the Lone Star Ballroom, hours and specials to be announced in the newspaper.
You can show your support for ACB in several ways:
Convention Sponsorships: Stop by ACB / Verizon Registration in Austin Ballroom 3 and become an individual or corporate ACB Convention Sponsor. Individual sponsorships are bronze ($25), silver ($50), gold ($100), platinum ($250), and titanium ($500); sponsors receive special ribbons to wear on their convention badges, and are recognized both in general session and in the newspaper.
Tuesday, July 7
5:45 PM: California Caucus, City View 6
5:45 PM: Four Corners Caucus, (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah), State Room 1
Wednesday, July 8
2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus, San Antonio Ballroom A
4:15 PM: Midsouth Caucus, City View 7
5:45 PM: New England, Maryland, Florida Caucus, City View 8
5:45 PM: Midwest Caucus, City View 7
Thursday, July 9
7:00 AM: Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only), City View 7
5:45 PM: Missouri Caucus, City View 6
Saturday, July 4
5:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, State Room 4
Sunday, July 5
9:00 AM: Jewish Service, City View 1
Rabbi Sherri Stohl, Dallas, TX
0:00 AM: Interdenominational Service, State Room 4
Pastor Chuck Hubbard, Gloria Day Lutheran Church, Garland, TX
11:00 AM: LDS Sacrament Service, City View 1
Bishop Zachary Lind, Dallas, TX
Monday, July 6, State Room 1
7:00 PM: Gospel Sing
Thanks to a generous donation from MD Support and their partner MD Foundation, indoor navigation technology will be available for the first time to attendees at this year's ACB conference and convention in Dallas. The guidance system works by sending audible instructions and location descriptions to iDevices (iPhone 4S or later and iPad 4 or later). The information is electronically transmitted by beacons placed at meeting rooms, restrooms, elevators, and other venues.
Adopted by the ACB Board of Directors, May 2009
- Each debatable issue before the convention shall be limited to approximately twenty (20) minutes with a three-minute time limit per speaker, alternating between affirmative and opposing speakers, unless a majority of the members agree to extend debate for an additional period of time.
54th Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: Where the Stars Shine Bright
Sunday, July 5: Lone Star Ballroom A
6:30 PM: Entertainment: Jan Gray, Saginaw, TX
Chair: Jeff Thom
Saturday, July 4
5:30 PM: ACB Exhibitors Reception (by invitation only), President's Suite
Sunday, July 5, State Room 3
11:00 AM: ACB Committee Chairs Meeting
An important meeting with ACB President Kim Charlson. Every committee should be represented, either by its chair or a designated committee member.
Thursday, July 9, Austin Ballroom 2
4:15 PM: Affiliate Presidents' Meeting
American Association of Blind Teachers
President: Marcia Dresser
Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Registration: $10 ($12)
Sunday, July 5, City View 7
8:00-11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast/Program/Meeting $25 ($27)
8:00 AM — 8:45 AM: Breakfast
8:45 AM: "Eggs In Your Stomach And Egg On Your Face"
Share your amusing stories about life's little embarrassing moments that only a visual impairment can bring.
9:30 AM: Break
9:45 AM: AABT business meeting and elections.