ACB Advocacy Update
July 16, 2020

Advocacy Bootcamp!

This week's episode features ACB's Advocacy Bootcamp hosted by staff members Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal during the 2020 ACB virtual convention. During this bootcamp, Claire and Clark discuss how to effectively self-advocate and the panel of advocates share their own advocacy journeys.

July 2, 2020

2020 Virtual Convention Sneak Peak

This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB staff members Eric Bridges, Claire Stanley, and Tony Stephens provide a sneak peak of the 59th ACB Conference and Convention. They discuss what the convention will look like, what has gone into planning for the event, and how members can participate.

June 25, 2020

Teaching Blind Students at Home - Part 2

This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, we air the second part of an important webinar developed and produced by the ACB Special Education Committee. This podcast will teach parents and guardians about how to effectively work with their blind and visually impaired students, now that as a result of COVID, parents are playing a much larger part in their children’s educations.

June 19, 2020

A Conversation about Racism and Disability with ACB Members

On June 19, 1865, the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas, and read a federal order proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were now free, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. On June 19, 2020, and subsequent to nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, ACB members Verlencia Somuah and Kenneth Semien Sr. share their personal experiences and thoughts about racism and disability in America.

June 18, 2020

Teaching Blind Students at Home

Join some of our own ACB members and outside educators as they talk about best practices for parents to work with their blind and visually impaired students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents now play a bigger role in their children’s education, and this podcast will provide invaluable tools to equip such parents. This is Part 1 of a two-part episode.

June 11, 2020

ACB Welcomes Anthony Corona

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark speaks with Anthony Corona, ACB’s new Marketing, Communications and Strategy Intern. During this conversation, we get to know Anthony personally and professionally, as well as hear his thoughts on advocacy and the ACB Virtual Conference and Convention.
To learn more about Anthony’s communications and advocacy work with ACB affiliate Blind LGBTQ Pride International, please visit: www.blindlgbtpride.org.
To become involved with the 2020 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention, please visit: www.acbconvention.org.

June 4, 2020

Accessible Voting and Filing an ADA Complaint

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire speaks with Courtney Holthus, Advocacy Director for Disability Rights Idaho, about the importance of accessible voting and the process to file an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section. Both Disability Rights Idaho and ACB have filed ADA complaints requesting the DOJ to investigate the accessibility of Idaho’s voting process. Anyone may file an ADA complaint by phone, mail, fax, or online, and more information is available at: https://www.ada.gov/filing_complaint.htm

May 28, 2020

ACB Transportation Forum: To Mobility and Beyond

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley speaks with Ron Brooks, Chair of ACB’s Advocacy Steering Committee, and Sheila Styron, Chair of ACB’s Transportation Committee, about the inaugural ACB Transportation Forum to be held during the 2020 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention. Claire, Ron and Sheila discuss the genesis of the transportation forum, what it will look like during the Virtual Conference and Convention, and what it is intended to accomplish.
To register or learn more about the 2020 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention, visit www.acbconvention.org.

May 21, 2020

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day by speaking with Jeff Bishop, ACB Board Member, ACB Information Access Committee Chair, and all around nice guy. Clark and Jeff discuss how the landscape of accessible technology has changed over the past ten years with the passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). Not only the law that re-instated audio description requirements, the CVAA fostered accessibility requirements for communications hardware and software that is enabling people who are blind to work remotely from home, participate in ACB community events, and produce the first of it’s kind, ACB Virtual Conference and Convention!
Registration for the 2020 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention opens today, May 21, for ACB members, and May 28, for the general public; to learn more visit – www.acbconvention.org.
To checkout the wide variety of ACB Community Events, visit – www.acb.org/acb-community-conference-calls.

May 14, 2020

VisionServe Alliance

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB Executive Director Eric Bridges speaks with Lee Nasehi, President & CEO of VisionServe Alliance. Learn about who composes the membership of VisionServe Alliance and what role they are playing within the blind and visually impaired community.
For more information about VisionServe Alliance, visit www.visionservealliance.org.
To access a transcript of this podcast, visit: https://acb.org/acb-advocacy-update-transcript-5-14-20.