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American Council Of The Blind Inc

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Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Public Transportation Systems

Mission: Organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

Programs: Publications and public awareness - the organization presents a wide array of media and other materials, such as the publication of a monthly magazine, "the braille forum" in braille. In addition, documents are available in larger print and cassette and diskette. The organization also does preparation of brochures, speaking engagements, news media interviews, assisting affiliates and distribution of a radio program.

convention - acb has held 50 consecutive annual conventions where the governance of acb occurs. Membership elects officers and directors, and decide on changes to bylaws and program service agendas.

research and governmental affairs - preparing legal analysis, making studies of program service operations, analyzing current legislative developments, commenting on proposed legislation, drafting legislative proposals and assisting affiliates.

* adp project - acb continues to press ahead on improving and increasing the amount of television and film productions that are audio described for the blind and low vision community. Acb continues the audio description institute which trains audio describers in the u. S. And abroad. * membership services - organizing of new affiliates, promotion of membership in existing affiliates, activities in connection with annual convention, seminars and meetings. * program consultation - consultation with and assistance to affiliates, members and other individuals with respect to administration of programs affecting the blind and/or the legal rights of blind persons. * liaison with other agencies and organizations - activities undertaken in cooperation with agencies for the blind and other organizations formed to advance the interests of handicapped persons and other minority groups. * scholarships - acb continues its program of offering approximately 20 different scholarships to blind and visually impaired college students across the country that are pursuing a wide array of academic curriculum. * acb radio- now five different stations streaming over the internet. All programming is produced and conducted by blind individuals. Programming consists of acb cafe' (music performed by blind musicians), acb radio interactive (music lists created by blind individuals), acb radio main stream (news talk format), acb treasure trove (old time radio programs), and now acb world (international and multilingual format). * legislative and advocacy programs-a. Assist individuals who need information and referral access to government programs. B. Quiet cars- acb continues to work with government, industry and consumer groups to address the safety issues involved with the new hybrid cars coming to market. C. Pedestrian safety- acb continues to work with government and industry over issues relating to pedestrian safety, particularly audible traffic signals. D. Public transportation- acb continues to work with government and industry to increase the availability of public transportation for the blind and visually impaired. E. Educational and rehabilitation services- acb is on the forefront both nationally and at the state level, of efforts to ensure provision of appropriate educational and rehabilitation services to the blind and visually impaired. F. Social security- acb is working to get the social security administration to provide notices and other information to beneficiaries in braille, large print, and audible formats, so that beneficiaries can read it independently. G. Point-of-sale machines- acb is working with a number of retailers to make it possible for their customers who are blind to use the point-of-sale machines at checkout counters without having to reveal their private financial information to another person. H. Voting rights-acb works continually across the us to promote accessible voting systems for the blind. I. Audio description-acb is taking a leadership position in the development of audio description of television and motion picture productions for the blind and visually impaired. J. Equal employment- employment continues to be a major issue for the blind and unemployment rates for the blind remain excessively high. K. Tactile currency-acb recently achieved landmark judicial decision mandating tactile currency in future versions of us bills.

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