Communication Center Services

The Marcia Nigro Dresser Communication Center is located in Lakeshore C on the first floor of the Hyatt and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 2 through Thursday, July 7.  This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.

Convention Newspaper:

This year's newspaper is "The Minneapolis Messenger."  It is published each day, Saturday through Thursday, in braille and large print; pick up a copy at the Information Desk.  The paper is also available on the ACB convention email list and via download at the Information Desk before 10:00 AM.

ACB Students (ACBS) will deliver the newspaper to your hotel room door.  For $7 (pre-registration) or $10 (registration), your paper will be waiting for you each morning when you wake up.  After you sign up for newspaper delivery, activate your service by giving your room number and your format preference to the Information Desk.

Ads and Announcements:

Ads and other items for publication must be in the Communication Center by 2:00 PM each day.  The BOP allows ads to run up to three days in order to give important convention announcements more space.  Ads must be no longer than 75 words.  BOP editorial policy prohibits the production or distribution of campaign materials by the Communication Center.
Cost of advertising in the newspaper is:

  • Individuals, ACB affiliates and blind representatives of MLM companies - $15/day or $40 for 3 days
  • Exhibitors - $40/day or $100 for 3 days
  • All others - $50/day or $125 for 3 days.

Pay for advertising at Registration; show your receipt at Communication Center when submitting your ad.

Brailling and Photocopying:

Photocopying is available at the Communication Center for 10 cents/page.  Brailling services are available as follows:

  • Individuals, ACB affiliates, and blind representatives of MLM companies, 10 cents/page
  • Small businesses and small nonprofits, 20 cents/page
  • All others, 35 cents/page

If your committee or affiliate needs something in braille or large print, bring files early in the day so we can fit your job between other tasks.  A test copy will be printed to let you know the number of pages per copy.  Be sure to label your computer card or thumb drive, and tell us how many of each format you need and by what time.  Please make payment at registration.

Thanks to Enabling Technologies for once again donating the use of the braille embossers and to American Thermoform and American Printing House for their generous donation of braille paper.

Please remember that the Communication Center is a working room.  While the convention is a great place to meet and greet, loud conversations make it difficult to hear the speech synthesizers on the computers.  Help us help you get the information you need.