ACB Advocacy Update
February 24, 2022

ACB Celebrates Black History Month

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha celebrate Black History Month with Cheryl Cumings (Multicultural Affairs Committee Chair) and Reverend Ray Raysor (DCCB President). They discuss the meaning of the month, advocacy issues important to blind and visually impaired people of color, and opportunities within ACB to support and foster membership and leadership among members of color in ACB.

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February 24, 2022

20220223 Legislative Imperative 2 – Medical Device Non-Visual Accessibility Act

20220223 Legislative Imperative 2 – Medical Device Non-Visual Accessibility Act

  • Clark and Swatha discuss and role play the second legislative imperative, the Medical Device Non-visual Accessibility Act.

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February 23, 2022

20220222 Legislative Imperative 1 – Exercise and Fitness for All Act

20220222 Legislative Imperatives – Exercise and Fitness for All Act

  • Clark and Swatha, ACB’s Advocacy and Governmental Affairs team, discuss the first legislative imperative for the DC Leadership Conference and Legislative Seminar, the Exercise and Fitness for All Act.

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February 3, 2022

Accessible COVID Testing and Leadership Conference Update

Episode Description

On this week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha discuss ACB’s advocacy efforts relating to accessible at-home COVID tests now available to order online and over the phone, and provide an update about ACB's 2022 DC Leadership Meetings. To order rapid at-home test kits free of charge, visit www.covidtests.gov or call 800-232-0233. To register for ACB’s 2022 DC Leadership Meetings, visit https://tinyurl.com/2022-DC-Leadership-Meetings or call the ACB Minneapolis office at 612-332-3242.

January 21, 2022

Accessible Tech at the Consumer Electronics Show

Episode Description

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark speaks with Steven Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, and Matt Ater, Vice President, Vispero, about the accessible tech innovations at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). ACB attended CES as a guest of the CTA Foundation as part of the organization’s tenth year inviting accessibility leaders to CES. Tune in to hear about how consumer companies, both big and small, are making their products more accessible and useable for everyone. For a transcript of this episode, visit: https://acb.org/ACB-Advocacy-Update-CES-2022-transcript.

January 14, 2022

New Year, New Goals – DEI Edition

Episode Description

On this week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB Advocacy & Outreach Specialist Swatha Nandhakumar continues the New Year mini-series with Blind LGBT Pride International (BPI) President Gabriel Lopez Kafati and ACB Multicultural Affairs Committee (MCAC) Chair Cheryl Cumings. They discuss plans BPI and MCAC have for the year ahead as well as goals both organizations have for making ACB a more welcoming and inclusive place for people who are blind and have low vision. To find out more about and get involved with MCAC, visit the Multicultural Affairs Committee webpage. To find out more about and get involved with BPI, visit https://blindlgbtpride.org.

January 6, 2022

New Year, New Goals for Health & Wellness

Episode Description

On this week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Swatha, ACB's Advocacy & Outreach Specialist, kicks off 2022 with Tom Tobin and Sheila Styron from ACB’s Get Up and Get Moving Campaign with a discussion of plans and goals the committee has for the year ahead.

December 23, 2021

ACB in 2021

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha, along with guests Dan Spoone (ACB President) and Eric Bridges (ACB Executive Director),  look back on ACB’s accomplishments in 2021. We discuss our advocacy work, conventions and conferences, and community milestones. To support our ongoing advocacy efforts and the achievements and milestones yet to come, please make a donation by visiting: https://acb.org/donate.

December 16, 2021

Advocacy Holiday Grab Bag

Episode Notes

Clark and Swatha provide another round of advocacy updates for listeners and members. Topics include Quest, ACB's Rideshare Refusal Survey, the Department of Justice lawsuit against Uber and settlement with Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Mass Transit District, Congressional activity, and ACB’s Leadership Conference and Legislative Seminar. To access the Rideshare Refusal Survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBSM6WC. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Email [email protected] if you would like to participate in the Uber lawsuit.

December 10, 2021

International Advocacy

Episode Description

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB's Advocacy & Outreach Specialist Swatha speaks to Kim Charlson, President of the World Blind Union (WBU) North American and Caribbean Region, Meryl Shecter, ACB’s International Relations Committee Vice Chair, and Sandra Sermons, International Relations Committee member, about advocacy on behalf of the global blind community. If you’d like to get involved with or learn more about WBU, email Kim at [email protected]. To learn more about the International Relations Committee, including their item donation program, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ACB-IRC.