2021 Audio Description Awards Gala
Event Details Update: The 2021 Audio Description Awards Gala is only three days away! The Gala, which celebrates audio description through recognition of achievements in the industry and by expanding awareness of the benefits of audio description, takes place on Thursday, November 18th at 7:30pm ET. The Audio Description Awards Gala will be totally accessible for people who are blind and people who are deaf: open audio description (an “always on” secondary audio channel) will provide description of visual images, and open captioning (“always on” captions) will offer captions for the spoken word and other audio elements. Read about the event including our generous sponsors, who will be presenting, and find out which special guests will be a part of the evening’s celebration by visiting: https://acb.org/2021-ad-awards-gala.
Audio Description Awards Gala After Party
On Thursday, November 18th at 9pm ET/6pm PT, please join ACB President Dan Spoone and Kim Charlson to share your thoughts about the Audio Description Awards Gala. For information on how to attend this event on Zoom, join our community events list by sending an email to [email protected].
My Three Songs Community Event
Mark your Calendar for November 17th for the American Council of the Blind's Get Up and Get Moving Campaign! Join us for the next event to Get You Up & Movin' n' Groovin' for "My Three Songs". Can you make the connections? From 5:00 until 7:00 PM EST on ACB Media 4 and Zoom, put your thinking cap on and join our guest DJ Brian Smith, Seacret Agent, for fun, games, and prizes donated by Seacret. For information on how to attend this event on Zoom, join our community events list by sending an email to [email protected].
ACB Celebrates Veterans Day
On last week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB’s Advocacy Team, Clark and Swatha, met with Don Overton, Executive Director of Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), to discuss his role at BVA and the organization’s resources for blind and visually impaired veterans. They also discussed advocacy efforts by BVA, how both ACB and BVA can work together on key issues affecting the blind community, and how ACB and the broader public can support our veterans, including those with disabilities. Listen by visiting: http://ow.ly/8b6f50GLxa6.
Cooking Without Looking with Eric Bridges
As the Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind, Eric Bridges oversees an organization that has fostered the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired for 60 years. Eric began going blind from the age of four, and has been totally blind since high school. Rebecca, his wife of 14 years is also blind. Their two young children are sighted. Listen to this episode of Cooking Without Looking to find out what parenting a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old is like when you and your spouse are blind. Eric also discusses his favorite recipe, Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs, that Rebecca prepares for him at least once a month. Check this episode out at: http://ow.ly/BtW050GHqpJ.
A Conversation with NCD
On the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha met with Andrés Gallegos, Chair of the National Council on Disability (NCD), to discuss his role and his vision for the organization. They also discussed the impact of the pandemic on the blind and low vision community, and additional topics including the importance of information and web access, and accessible currency. To listen to this episode, visit: http://ow.ly/WVEy50GGl3m. Learn more about NCD by visiting https://ncd.gov.
Audio Description: Opening the Cellblock Doors
Read ACB member Anthony Corona’s blog post about his personal experience with audio description on the ACB Voices blog by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/y5ks7ca5.
DOJ Uber Overcharging Lawsuit
On November 10th, the Justice Department filed an ADA lawsuit against Uber for charging “wait time” fees to passengers who, because of disability, take longer than two minutes to get in their Uber car. Individuals who believe they have been victims of disability discrimination by Uber because they, or someone they were traveling with, were charged wait time fees should contact the Justice Department at 833-591-0425 (toll-free), 202-305-6786, or send an email to [email protected]. The complaint can be viewed at http://ow.ly/zwOw50GLOb0.
Article: Air Travel For People With Disabilities
Anxiety, dread, humiliation — even potential injury. For many people with disabilities, these are part of the routine of airline travel, from getting to the airport gate to getting on and off the plane. In 2018, Congress demanded that airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) make flying better for people with disabilities — but three years later, NPR has found, passengers report that the same problems keep happening over and over. Read this NPR article by visiting: http://ow.ly/EgXP50GLscE.