Our Mission

 

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

 

Some of ACB's programs and services include:

 

Advocacy and Governmental Affairs - ACB advocates on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired. At the government level, ACB works on drafting proposals, analyzing current legislative developments and working with regulatory agencies to support programs that help blind and visually impaired individuals to sustain their independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life.

 

Public Awareness - ACB has an integrated marketing and communications approach with over 20 communication channels.  Through many different forms of media, such as our website, Facebook, Braille magazine and Twitter, ACB presents valuable accessibility information for and about the blindness community.  ACB provides informative news media interviews and speaking engagements and assists affiliates with their educational programs. 

 

Convention - The annual convention is where ACB governance occurs.  Our membership elects officers and directors; makes decisions concerning bylaws and resolutions relating to policies, programs and services affecting the blindness community.  Many affiliates conduct business at this time also.  There are workshops and speakers where one can gather information about health and rehabilitation, new technology and employment issues.

Program Consultation - Providing advocacy to individuals in the blindness community through job postings, providing resources for those who are looking for adaptive technology, referrals to individuals needing help in their specific state and referring them to ACB committees and special interest affiliates who can provide support for the blind and visually impaired.

Telephone Hotline - ACB’s National information hotline helps people who are looking for answers to questions about blindness, low vision and vision-related services.  Family members ask questions regarding services available and what skills they need to learn to help them gain or regain their independence.  This hotline also has ACB’s Washington Connection which has prerecorded up to date information on blindness related issues.

ADP Project - Its major goal is to sponsor a broad range of activities designed to build awareness of the need for audio description for its principal users, people who are blind or have low vision. We try to make the community aware of the need for audio description in live theatre, television, movies, DVDs, and other media formats to enhance blind consumers experience as well.  This program tries to boost levels of audio description activity and disseminate information throughout the nation.

ACB Radio - ACB Radio showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind and visually impaired community from many parts of the world.  ACB Radio streams on the internet, up-to-date and relevant information worldwide.  Our radio stations are Mainstream (hosts a variety of blind living programs), Interactive (blind disc jockeys with themed music shows), Café (original music from blind musicians), Treasure Trove (old radio shows), World News and Information and Live (live streaming of affiliate events & conventions).   ACB Radio is heard by a global audience, having visitors from more than 55 countries. 

ACB Scholarships - The Scholarship program awards students with scholarships which helps with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology.

Membership services - Provides support to state and special interest affiliates with management and fundraising activities.  On the national level, ACB tracks names of members, volunteer hours members devote to help support ACB, manage the affiliate President and legislative meetings, promotes membership of ACB affiliates and provides affiliates assistances with business records.

Liaison with external organizations - ACB does outreach to the disability, businesses and government agencies to collaborate on programs and activities to benefit the blindness community.  These include but are not limited to membership in the World Blind Union, Braille Authority of North America and diversity councils of major corporations and governmental agencies.