Thank you for your participation and support of our ACB community events. Our success depends on each one of you! The following community events policy was adopted by the ACB Board of Directors on February 20, 2021.
For All Submitting Events for Inclusion on the Community Events Schedule
Deadline to Submit an Event
To be included in the weekly schedule, which goes Sunday through Saturday, your event information must be received by the previous Wednesday using our Event Planners Form: https://bit.ly/2T88iI3.
Anything submitted after that day will be added to the daily schedule only. This submission is required for all events unless recurring weekly.
Recurring weekly events may submit changes to their info via email [email protected].
By submitting an event, you are acknowledging you have read the below expectations and agree to abide by them.
Expectations for Holding a Community Event
- Upholding the ACB Core Values:
- Upholding the ACB Code of Conduct.
- Using the Zoom platform and utilizing the “passcode” feature and not “waiting room.”
- Not permitting personal contact information to be shared on any of our calls (professional contact information only).
- Upholding all terms of agreements and policies set forth by Zoom.
- All events must have at least one facilitator 18 or older to be responsible for the given event.
- Events should be family friendly and foster a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment (see Important Reminders below).
- Do whatever necessary to ensure a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment.
- You understand substantiated violations may result in removal from the Community Events schedule.
- ACB reserves the right to refuse an event if deemed inappropriate, concerning in nature, etc.
ACB Core Values
- Integrity and Honesty
Code of Conduct Policy
The American Council of the Blind (hereinafter referred to as ACB) is committed to maintaining the integrity of its events by creating a welcoming, professional, safe, and respectful environment for all who attend and/or participate in its events. The term "events" shall include conferences, meetings, functions, or any other gatherings sponsored or convened by ACB. Read the complete policy here: https://acb.org/code-of-conduct
Safe Yet Welcoming
To ensure the safety of our events, we do not publish our Zoom information through social media or our website. All events should use the passcode feature of Zoom. To ensure no one is or feels excluded from any of our community events, we require all events disable the “waiting room” feature of Zoom.
The Sharing of Personal Information
To protect our attendees, we ask all accounts used for community events mask phone numbers, and that hosts, and facilitators do not allow the sharing of personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers.
American Council of the Blind (“ACB”) provides access to the web-based conference platform, Zoom, to support staff, affiliates, and members in Community Events. The Zoom platform is designed to promote collaboration by connecting users through voice, video, and screen-sharing capabilities. By the terms of the various Zoom services agreements and policies, ACB, its affiliates, and anyone using their personal Zoom account for community events are responsible for compliance with all laws pertaining to the content transmitted, displayed, uploaded, or viewed while using Zoom services.
Regardless if on an ACB account or not, as long as an event is scheduled as part of our Community Events, Zoom or any other conferencing platform should not be used to create or transmit material that is derogatory, defamatory, obscene or offensive, or unwelcome to others, nor to engage in any activity that is misleading, false or fraudulent, collect or gather user data without consent, violate the privacy of others or distribute confidential or personal information of others, nor to violate or infringe any intellectual property or proprietary rights of others, including copyrights.
Virtually any third-party work that you may come across in readable or experiential format such as books, magazines, journals, and newsletters (whether in hard copy or on a Website), computer programs and other software, sound, visual, and audiovisual works (whether photos, audio recordings, or video), are protected by copyright. Such third-party materials should not be displayed or otherwise used without obtaining the prior consent of the copyright owner. Simply acknowledging the source of a work or crediting the author or creator is not a substitute for obtaining permission. Copyright does not protect things such as titles, names, slogans, ideas, facts and data, listings of ingredients or contents, and natural or self-evident facts. Sharing third-party content (e.g., music, movies, etc.) via Zoom, without prior approval from the copyright holder is prohibited.
To maintain the integrity of our community events, all those facilitating and hosting events are expected to abide by these guidelines and expectations. Substantiated violations may result in temporary or permanent removal from inclusion on our Community Events schedule.
For All Participating in Community Events
Expectations for All Community Events
By participating in our Community Events, it is expected for all parties to uphold the ACB Core Values and Code of Conduct. Everyone has a responsibility to do whatever necessary to ensure all events remain a safe place where all are respectful of one another.
Ensuring All Are Welcome
Community events are intended for everyone who wishes to attend. To this end, we are requiring all events utilize the “passcode” feature of Zoom when setting up Zoom calls and refrain from using “Waiting Room.” Membership is not required for participation in Community Events; all are welcome!
All facilitators and hosts know not to allow the sharing of personal information during any of our events unless it is professional contact information. Please refrain from asking for or providing such.
Behavior and Resolution
All attendees of community events should be able to expect a safe and respectful environment. Inappropriate behavior during a call will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Any concerns by attendees of a community event brought to the attention of ACB will be documented and shared with the appropriate sponsoring body or host in an effort to work toward an expedient and satisfactory resolution for all parties.