American Council of the Blind
52nd Annual Conference & Convention
July 4 – July 12, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Mitch Pomerantz (Chair), Pasadena, CA
Melanie Brunson, Staff Liaison, Arlington, VA
Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Brenda Dillon, Officer Liaison, Hermitage, TN
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jenine Stanley, Columbus, OH
Many many thanks to our 2013 corporate sponsors. Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Look for the 2013 corporate sponsors on ACB.org, in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week. Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.
Bill Deatherage, Chair, Louisville, KY
Susan Ament, Lexington, KY
David Cox, Louisville, KY
Patti Cox, Louisville, KY
Debbie Deatherage, Louisville, KY
Deb Lewis, Louisville, KY
David Perry, Cincinnati, OH
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jim Shaw, Louisville, KY
Gerry Slusher, Covington, KY
Elaine Weisbard, Louisville, KY
Are you traveling to Columbus for the 2013 ACB conference and convention? The below information should answer all your transportation questions.
Port Columbus International Airport (code CMH) is located just 10 minutes east of downtown. Columbus is served by all major air carriers. You can also travel to Columbus by Greyhound (the bus station is 6 blocks from the hotel) or Mega Bus (which stops across the street from the Hyatt).
The closest Amtrak stop is 2 hours from Columbus.
5:00 - 9:00 PM - Registration; Brown
6:30 AM - Tour; Backstretch Breakfast & Museum
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration; Brown
8:00 AM - ACB Leadership Institute; Sampson
8:30 AM - Tour; Kentucky Bourbon Trail
4:30 PM - Tour; Stephen Foster Musical
8:00 PM - NELDS Board Meeting; Suite 446
9:15 PM - Tour; Waverly Hills
For your convenience, below is a link to download the MS Word .doc format of the Pre-registration form.
Your pre-registration is not complete until it is processed by ACB following the receipt of it or the online pre-registration form and the appropriate fees.
link to download
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From Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs: Please read the message below from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The compliance dates for emergency information and devices to play back recorded content represent a victory for the blind community as industry was seeking 3 to 5 year time frames. ACB will also be commenting on the further proposed rule making referenced below.
In 1976 Leroy and Mary Ellen took Lois Eubanks, Mary Ellen’s mother, to the ACB National Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas. That trip was the beginning of nearly four decades of service on the local, state, and national levels of ACB.
5:00 PM DKM First-Timers Mint Julep Bash - $15 ($18)
Honor the 2012 Durward K. McDaniel First-Timer Award recipients, Cindy LaBon (Maryland) and Cynthia Julun (Texas). Get a collectible Derby glass.
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Join us all week at the Piano Technicians Exhibit Booth
and discover the viable profession of piano tuning/technology.
Piano Technology Career Workshop
ACB at play - learning the ropes of the zip line.
Mitch Pomerantz, ACB President, throws out the first pitch at the Louisville Bats game.
Participants assemble for the 2012 ACB Walk/Fun Run, Seneca Park, Louisville, KY, July 8, 2012.
Start planning now to explore Columbus with ACB in 2013. The conference and convention will be packed with workshops, seminars, programs, technology, tours and fun; be there.
The first tour will be on Thursday, July 4; general sessions will begin on July 6. The banquet will be on Thursday, July 11, with the last tour on Friday, July 12.
Approximately 1,500 blind and visually impaired people from across the United States and several foreign countries are coming to Columbus for the 2013 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.