ACB Advocacy Update
September 24, 2020

Celebrating 2 Years Strong!

Episode Notes

This week on the podcast, Claire, the advocacy and out reach specialist, and Tony Stephens, the director of development, celebrate the two-year anniversary of the podcast. They reminisce about the first episode of the podcast, and then turn to the topic of the week: national guide dog month. They both talk about their experiences as guide dog handlers. Lots of laughs ensue.

September 17, 2020

Voter Engagement

Episode Notes

This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark discuss a newly formed coalition of organizations that is working toward equal access to voting for all people with disabilities. They speak with Jack Rosen from the National Disability Rights Network, Maria Town from the American Association of People with Disabilities, and Sarah Blahovec from the National Council on Independent Living to learn more about the coalition as well as several other exciting projects to promote equal voting rights during this voting season and for future election cycles.

To learn more about the National Coalition for Accessible Voting, visit:

September 10, 2020

Talking About My ReReReResolutions

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark recap the 2020 ACB Resolutions as adopted by the Board of Directors. They are joined by ACB Resolutions Committee co-Chair, Gabe Griffith, to discuss the work of the 2020 virtual Resolutions Committee. The episode concludes with a conversation with ACB 2nd Vice President Ray Campbell about the ad hoc task force he is chairing to modernize the ACB resolution process.

September 3, 2020

ACB Voices

This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal discuss the launch of ACB Voices. They speak with two of the great minds behind the blog, ACB Director of Development Tony Stephens and ACB Communication Intern Anthony Corona, as well as ACB's new membership intern, Nat Ratcliffe, who has authored a post on the blog. Get ready to learn about ACB Voices and find out how you too can submit your story to the blog. Visit to learn more.

August 27, 2020

Department of Transportation Accessible Strategic Plan Framework

Clark Rachfal and Claire Stanley speak with Sarah Malaier, Public Policy and Research Advisor for the American Foundation for the Blind. They talk about their participation in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Accessible Strategic Plan Framework. The plan is exploring all angles of accessibility in the transportation arena.

August 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update

This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB staff members Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal discuss how the coronavirus has touched upon numerous areas of advocacy ACB routinely works on. They highlight issues surrounding transportation, education, and voting, as well as outline the advocacy work that has been taken up in light of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has presented a myriad of new problems to tackle.

August 13, 2020

The State of Accessible Voting in the States

On this episode of the Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark speak with multiple guests about the advocacy work and government initiatives to ensure in-person and remote absentee voting options are accessible. We are joined by Commissioner Donald Palmer, Vice Chair of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), as well as Carrie Chapman, President of the Iowa Council of the United Blind, and Barbara Salisbury, President of the ACB of Indiana. Commissioner Palmer shared the resources available for election officials and voters from the EAC, and Carrie and Barbara share the ongoing advocacy work in Iowa and Indiana.
To learn more about accessible voting, visit the ACB accessible voting toolkit at:
To learn more about the upcoming EAC roundtable on election accessibility on Aug. 19, visit:

August 6, 2020

Education During COVID-19

This week, Claire and Clark speak with ACB members about their experiences surrounding education, both K-12 and higher ed, during COVID-19. The three guests offer different perspectives from blind parents, blind students, and disability service offices on university campuses, demonstrating how accommodations look different during the pandemic.

July 30, 2020

Transportation Forum

This week, ACB staff members Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal speak with three ACB leaders who helped develop and present the Transportation Forum at this year's convention. The podcast covers the content, speakers, and take-aways from the forum.

July 23, 2020

Audio Description Legislative Panel

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, please enjoy this Audio Description Project (ADP) panel presentation from the 2020 ACB virtual conference and convention. Clark Rachfal and Claire Stanley were joined by Suzy Rosen Singleton and Will Schell from the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Rights Office, and Carl Richardson, ADP Steering Committee co-Chair, to discuss the ten years of progress made by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility (CVAA) Act, what the CVAA law and regulations cover, and where the CVAA may be improved in the future.