A message from Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Relations
The 2013 Legislative Seminar promises to be an information-packed and entertaining event as we discuss ACB’s legislative imperatives for the year along with other hot button topics.
Legislative Imperative I
Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013
Preliminary Information for the 2013 Mid-Year Meetings and Legislative Seminar
- The midyear meetings are Friday, Feb. 22 through Tuesday, Feb. 26.
- Board meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 22
- Affiliate presidents meeting will begin on Saturday, Feb. 23 and continue through 12:00 on Sunday, Feb. 24
- Legislative seminar begins Sunday, Feb. 24 and continues through Monday, Feb. 25
- Capitol Hill Day is Tuesday, Feb. 26
It will again be at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington., VA.
American Council of the Blind
2013 Legislative Seminar
To evaluate, through a five-year national demonstration project administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the fiscal impact of a permanent change to Title XVIII of the Social Security Act allowing reimbursement for certain low vision devices as durable medical equipment.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
Sec. 1. Short Title
This Act may be cited as the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2012.
Chair: Dan Dillon
Saturday, July 9 - So Pac E
4:00pm Grant Writing for Nonprofits - $4, $6
Practical ideas for your local chapter, special-interest or state affiliate. Steven Obremski, ACB Director of Development, Arlington, VA
President: Don Wilson
Registration: $15, $18
BPI Package: $40, $40
Sunday, July 10 - 2752
3:30pm BPI Mardi Gras Mixer - $15, $18 - 2752
Mardi Gras in July; get your free beads and ACB 50th commemorative hurricane glass.
Monday, July 11 - 2752
7:15pm Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, July 12 - Alpine
1:15pm Bullied - Life Experiences
Audio-described screening of the documentary "Bullied", the story of a student's relentless abuse, his stance in federal court, and the outcome of his case. Discussion to follow.
Check the ACB general session and special-interest affiliate agendas for many other advocacy-related programs.
Monday, July 11 - So Pac B-C-D
7:00am AFB Breakfast - $10, $15
What you need to know. AFB serves up updates on technology, employment, policy, and accessibility.
Wednesday, July 13 - Bonanza C
4:15pm ACB Legislative Seminar
What's going on in Washington? Get involved and help us push our vehicle donation legislation in Congress; work to change Medicare policies on durable medical equipment.
Mitch Pomerantz (Chair), Pasadena, CA
Melanie Brunson, Arlington, VA
Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA
Denise Colley, Lacey, WA
Brenda Dillon, Hermitage, TN
Rick Kuhlmey, Las Vegas, NV
Terri Lynne Pomeroy, Salt Lake City, UT
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Chair: Patty Slaby
Saturday, July 9 - So Pac A
6:30pm ACB Scholarship Dinner (invitation only) Sponsored by RSVA
Sunday, July 10 - So Pac B
12:15pm NABS Scholarship Winners' Luncheon - $25, $27
Join NABS in congratulating the 2011 ACB scholarship winners. Sponsored by RSVA
Tuesday, July 12 - Rose Ballroom
9:15am 2011 ACB Scholarship Presentations
6:30pm ACB Scholarship Winners' Reception - 2951
Each affiliate is invited to send two representatives to meet the 2011 scholarship winners. Sponsored by AT&T.
President: Judy Jackson
Program Chair: Ralph Smitherman
Registration: $10, $12
Sunday, July 10 - Carson
3:30pm BRL Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12 - Carson
7:15pm Give Back Through Mentoring
Conducted by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Rick Kuhlmey, Co-Chair, Las Vegas, NV
Carol Ewing-Ragsdale, Co-Chair, Reno, NV
Janelle Grissom, Reno, NV
Kim Lattin, Reno, NV
Julia Ratti, Sparks, NV
Aaron Ross, Gardnerville, NV
Chair: Ray Campbell
Tuesday, July 12 - Bonanza C
4:15pm Challenging Times Create Advocacy Opportunities - $4, $6
Opening remarks and introductions - Ray Campbell, Chair, Glen Ellyn, IL
4:25pm Cost Comparisons
Dr. Dean Stenehjem, Superintendent, Washington State School for the Blind, compares cost per pupil at a school for the blind vs. public school. He also discusses several innovative programs implemented by his school.
President: Richard Rueda
Program Chair: Lisa Drzewucki
Registration: $10, $12
Saturday, July 9 - Washoe
3:00pm CCLVI Board Meeting
6:00pm CCLVI Nominating Committee Meeting
Sunday, July 10 - Bonanza C
9:00am Welcome and Introductions
Richard Rueda, CCLVI President, Union City, CA
Many tech-related programs and presentations are also found in special-interest group agendas. Google Focus Group are scheduled for Thursday; see the newspaper for details.
Saturday, July 9 - Alpine
9:00am GW Micro Window-Eyes Training - $10, $10
Explore WE 7.5 with hundreds of apps; experience WE with Office 2010, Windows 7, the Internet and IE 9. See the first-ever talking CCTV's.
Chair: Karyn Campbell
Monday, July 11 - 2950
8:00 p.m. Get Social with SASI - $14, $14
Meet individuals with combined vision and hearing loss. Mingle in a relaxed environment and learn about various forms of communication. Everyone welcome.
Presiding chair: Deanna Scoggins
Registration: $5, $8
Monday, July 11 - Cen Pac
9:00pm Audible Darts Game - $5, $5
Get right on target with the Audio Dartmaster. Cash prizes. Co-sponsored with the Recreation Zone.
Wednesday, July 13 - So Pac B
7:00am CFVI Families Breakfast - $15, $18
Special event for parents and families. Help CFVI reach families across America.