by Janet Dickelman
Are you ready for Omaha? In-person convention dates are Friday, July 1 through Friday, July 8th. Opening general session is Saturday, July 2nd. The exhibit hall will also open that day. Tours will run from Friday through Friday, with programming sessions held Friday through Wednesday. On Thursday the 7th we will hold our all-day general session followed by our banquet.
Again this year, the ACB conference and convention will offer continuing education (CE) and professional development (PD) opportunities. CE units are recognized by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). Individuals working in many diverse fields may also earn professional development hours. CE and PD hours will be available both on-site in Omaha or virtually through ACB Media, and via the Zoom platform.
Procuring CE units or PD hours is very easy.
Registration for the conference and convention will open in May. Visit the acbconvention registration page to discover an amazing array of programs that carry CE and PD hours. Additional events will be listed in the official conference program, on the convention website, or by subscribing to the acbconvention email list as they become available.
To earn continuing education units and professional development hours, you must register for the conference and convention. Then simply purchase the number of Flex Credits you need.
If you attend more programs and presentations than you anticipate, just submit reports for all sessions and we will contact you for any additional payment.
You will need to complete a report and evaluation form for each session or program. A unique code will be announced at the beginning of each session, and another unique code will be announced at the end of the session. Make note of these codes, as well as the session title, date and time, as you will need to include this information in your reports. Please submit your forms to ACB by August 30, 2022. Upon receipt of your completed forms, ACB will issue your certificate, indicating the number of CE units or PD hours earned with ACB. You are responsible for submitting your certificate to your employer for your professional development hours or to ACVREP for your continuing education credits.
Topics will include but are not limited to employment, technology, health and leisure, orientation and mobility, self-advocacy, braille, low vision, and much more. Create an experience tailored to your specific needs, mix and match designated programming, sponsored by ACB and its committees, special-interest affiliates, and our business partners.
The conference and convention announce list will be filled with information. To subscribe to the list, send a blank e-mail to [email protected]. If you received updates for the 2021 convention, you do not need to re-subscribe.
To make reservations online, go to
https://book.passkey.com/event/50221160/owner/22518/home. When asked to select guest type on the main screen, select attendee. For those who wish to call in and make their reservation, call 1-800-HILTONS (that’s 1-800-445-8667) and reference the name of the group block, American Council of the Blind. The group code, if needed for those calling in, is ACB.
Room rates at the Hilton are $96 (single or double occupancy) with an additional $10 per person for up to four people per room. Room tax is currently 18.16%. One night’s stay will be charged to your credit card when you book your reservation.
2022 exhibit information: Michael Smitherman, (601) 331-7740, [email protected]
2022 advertising and sponsorships: Anthony Stephens, (202) 559-2045, [email protected]
For any other convention-related questions, contact Janet Dickelman, convention chair, (651) 428-5059, [email protected].