ACB Conference and Convention
ACB Conference and Convention

20230620 1400 Mock Election

Originally Broadcasted June 20, 2023, on ACB Media 5

August 25, 2023

20230620 Mock Election Originally Broadcasted June 20, 2023, on ACB Media 5 Participants took part in this year’s mock election as we prepared for official convention elections. Leaders were on hand to answer your questions and hear your feedback during this two-hour event.

20230624 1730 Keys to the Convention

Originally Broadcasted June 24, 2023, on ACB Media 3

August 20, 2023

20230624 1730 Keys to the Convention Originally Broadcasted June 24, 2023, on ACB Media 3 Attendees heard panelists describe what to expect if this is your first time attending an ACB Convention in person. Edited By:  Darcy Burnard

20230706 1900 Banquet, July 6, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 14, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media Banquet, July 6, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • ACB Awards Presentations
  • Braille Forum Drawing
  • Keynote Speaker, Louie Sharp, Island Lake, Illinois

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: Banquet July 6, 2023 - YouTube The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the ACB Banquet CART file

20230706 0830 General Session, July 6, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 13, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media General Session, July 6, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance: JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows: Benjamin Wright, Henderson, KY; Malaina Vanderwal, Caledonia, MI; Terrie Terlau, Louisville, KY; Liz Bottner, Washington, DC; Cheryl Cumings, Seattle, WA
  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Corporate and Individual Sponsors
  • Sponsorship Presentation: Diamond Sponsor, JPMorgan Chase
  • ACB Angels: Joan Hill, Klamath Falls, OR; Gardenia (Guide Dog), Gaithersburg, MD; Delbert Aman, Aberdeen, SD
  • Affiliate Roll Call Resolutions and Bylaws (and if necessary, election
  • Presiding Officer: David Trott, ACB Treasurer, Talladega, AL
  • Craig Meder, APH
  • ACB's Growth Report: Dan Spoone, Interim Executive Director, Orlando, FL; and Nancy Marks-Becker, ACB CFO, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • ACB Angels Presentation: Travis Lee Johnson, Paragould, AR; Raymond Washburn, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Report on the ACB Walk and Auction: Donna Brown, Walk Chair, Romney, WV; Leslie Spoone, Chair, ACB Auction Committee, Orlando FL; and Dan Dillon, Chair, ACB Resource Development Committee, Hermitage, TN
  • Treasurer's Report: David Trott, Talladega, AL
  • ACBES Report: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, ACB Enterprises and Services, Missouri City, TX
  • Member and Affiliate Relationships: Cindy Hollis, Manager of Membership Engagement, Flat Rock, MI
  • ACB Mentoring, Access and Peer Support; Kenneth Semien Sr., Chair, Durward K. McDaniel First-Timers Committee, Beaumont, TX
  • Advocacy updates: Clark Rachfal, ACB Director of Advocacy, Alexandria, VA; Swatha Nandhakumar, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, Alexandria, VA
  • Convention Report: Janet Dickelman, Convention Coordinator, Saint Paul, MN
  • Door Prizes and Announcements

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 6, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Thursday, July 6: General Session CART file

20230705 0830 General Session, July 5, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 13, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media General Session, July 5, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order-
  • Pledge of Allegiance: DKM First-Timers: Gema Ceniceros, El Paso, TX; Janae Miller, Columbus, OH
  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions, Corporate Sponsors
  • Diamond Sponsorship Presentation: Non-24/Vanda Pharmaceuticals Jennifer Lyman and Vicky
  • ACB Angels Presentations Don Thomson, Waipahu, HI; Amelia Cetrone, Honolulu, HI; Liz Klein, Daly City, CA
  • Presiding officer: Kim Charlson, ACB Immediate Past President, Watertown, MA
  • Increasing Access to Professional Blind and Low Vision Services: This is a conversation between service providers, professionals, and consumer stakeholders on the evolving landscape of vision rehabilitation services. Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, ACB (Moderator); Lauren Branch, Chief Executive Officer, NewView Oklahoma; Lee Sonnenberg, Executive Director, AER; Jamie Dean, Board Chair, ACVREP; Doug Powell, President, Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss; Lorie Scharff, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
  • ADP Awards

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 5, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Wednesday, July 5: General Session CART file

20230704 0830 General Session, July 4, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 13, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media General Session, July 4, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Veterans (invited); Singing of America the Beautiful, led by Kolby Garrison, Development Officer, American Council of the Blind, Greensboro, NC
  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions, Corporate Sponsors
  • Sponsorship Presentation: Diamond sponsor: Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
  • ACB Angels Presentations: Dan Sippl, Eau Claire, WI; Terry Camardelle, Marrero, LA; Richard Bird, Cleveland, OH
  • Affiliate Role Call
  • Presiding Officer: Denise Colley, Secretary, Richmond, TX
  • International Guest Martine Abel-Williamson, President, World Blind Union, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Foundation for the Blind, Arlington, VA
  • Jason Yasner, Deputy Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
  • ACB Highlights Video
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, Steve Sroka, Associate Director of Events, Libertyville, IL
  • Door Prizes and Announcements

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 4, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Tuesday, July 4: General Session CART file

20230703 0830 General Session, July 3, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 13, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media General Session, July 3, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Recipients of Ross Pangere Scholarship
  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions, Corporate and Individual Sponsors
  • Sponsor Presentation: Diamond Sponsor: Ryan Jones, VP Software & Product Management, Vispero, Clearwater, FL
  • Affiliate Roll Call
  • Presentation of CCLVI Bernice Kandarian Service Award: Sara Conrad Alkmin, Madison, WI
  • Presiding Officer: Ray Campbell, Interim First Vice President, Springfield, IL
  • Scholarship Presentations - Denise Colley, Scholarship Chair, Richmond, TX
  • Talking Book Narrator, As We See It, Jake Williams, Books to Life, Denver, CO
  • Nominations and Candidate Speeches
  • Door Prizes and Announcements

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 3, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Monday, July 3: General Session CART file

20230701 1900 Opening General Session, July 1, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 9, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention

Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media

Opening General Session, July 1, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order, Moment of Reflection
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem: Sharon Howerton, Illinois Host Committee member, Chicago IL
  • Welcome to Convention: Ray Campbell, President, Illinois Council of the Blind, Springfield, IL, and Rachel Schroeder, Immediate Past President, Illinois Council of the Blind, Springfield, IL
  • ACB President's Report: Deb Cook Lewis
  • Executive Director's Report: Interim Executive Director, Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL
  • Life Member Presentations: Deb Cook Lewis and Nancy Marks-Becker, ACB CFO, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • ACB Angels Presentations: Warren Toyama, Waipahu, HI; Camille Caffarelli, Lake in the Hills, IL; Billie Jean Keith; Ridgeland, MS
  • ACB First-Timers: Gema Ceniceros, El Paso, TX; Janae Miller, Columbus, OH
  • ACB JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows: Benjamin Wright, Henderson, KY; Malaina Vanderwal, Caledonia, MI; Terrie (Mary Theresa) Terlau, Louisville, KY; Liz Bottner, Washington, DC; Cheryl Cumings, Seattle, WA
  • Nominating Report: Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA
  • Credentials Committee Report: Ralph Smitherman, Jackson, MS
  • Roll Call of Affiliates: Denise Colley, Richmond, TX
  • Elections

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 1, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Saturday July 1 Opening Session CART file

20230702 0000 Resolution and Amendment 2023-16 for Record Vote (English and Spanish)

July 2, 2023

Reading of Resolution 2023-16 and amendment regarding ACVREP for Record Vote in English and Spanish.

Schaumburg Standard for Saturday July 1, 2023

July 1, 2023

2023 Convention newspaper second issue for Saturday July 1, 2023