ACB Advocacy Update
May 7, 2020

Department of Education COVID-19 Waiver Report

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal speak with ACB First Vice President Mark Richert about the COVID-19 waiver report submitted to Congress by the Department of Education. Mark, who is serving as Interim Executive Director for the Association of Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) shares his thoughts on what is included in the waiver report, the impact of previous advocacy efforts to ensure these waivers do not weaken the Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment protections for all students, and the vigilance required by advocates as Congress interprets these waiver requests into legislation.
To read the letter that ACB and the American Foundation for the Blind co-authored to Congress regarding waivers from the Department of Education, please visit: https://acb.org/acb-afb-joint-letter-covid19.
To learn more about AER, please visit: https://aerbvi.org/.
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April 30, 2020

How Remote Learning is Impacting Blind and Visually Impaired Students

This week, Claire speaks with Penny Rosenblum from the American Foundation for the Blind about a collaborative research project being conducted to assess the impact remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis is having on blind and visually impaired students. We will all be excited to learn what findings are gleaned from the survey.
To learn more and consider completing the survey, please visit: www.accessengagement.com.
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April 28, 2020

What’s a Blind Paralympian to Do?

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark speaks with Lex Gillette, Paralympian, World Champion, and World Record Long Jumper, and Cat Bouwkamp, Membership and Safe Sport Coordinator, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. Lex shares how he is coping physically and mentally with the delay of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, and Cat shares the work that USABA is doing to make fitness and exercise more accessible for everyone who is blind.
To learn more about Lex Gillette, check out: www.lexgillette.com.
To learn more about USABA’s Staying Fit While Staying Put, and United We Move initiatives, please visit: www.usaba.org.
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April 23, 2020

ACB & Be My Eyes

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update Claire Stanley speaks with Will Butler from Be My Eyes. The two discuss what users can do with the smartphone application, and the exciting new relationship ACB and Be My Eyes launched on April 22, 2020. Listen to find out how you can take advantage of the new service!
To read the press release about the partnership, visit: https://acb.org/acb-announces-partnership-be-my-eyes

April 16, 2020

Accessible Voting and COVID-19

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark discuss how the pandemic and social distancing requirements are impacting the planning by states for the 2020 primary and general elections. As many states move to conduct entire elections using paper ballots and vote by mail, ACB and our members are working hard to ensure election officials offer an accessible voting alternative to vote by mail for voters with disabilities.
To read the press release and letter that ACB and more than 75 disability and civil rights organizations sent to Congress, please visit: https://acb.org/congress-must-protect-voting-rights-for-disabled-4-13-20.
To learn more about ACB, please visit: www.acb.org.

April 14, 2020

Conversation with Comcast

On this special edition of the Advocacy Update, take a break from binge watching to join a conversation hosted by ACB with Comcast. Join ACB’s Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Clark Rachfal, as he speaks with Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility for Comcast Communications, to learn how they are ensuring their products and services are available and accessible to as many people as possible.

To learn more about ACB, please visit: https://acb.org/.

April 9, 2020

ACB & Blind Love

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark fall head over heels for the PBS Independent Lens series, Blind Love. We discuss what is so attractive to Producer Patty Zagarella about dating while blind, and we speak with Blind Lover Joni Martinez about her quest to find Mr. Right.
Blind Love is available with audio description on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/eC7ZLLMHVvY.
To learn more about ACB, please visit: www.acb.org.

April 6, 2020

ACB Advocacy Services Committee Open Call

On this special edition of the Advocacy Update, Clark and Claire present on an open call of the ACB Advocacy Services Committee chaired by ACB Board Member, Jeff Thom. Clark and Claire discuss the provisions that may impact ACB members in the third COVID-19 stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on Friday, March 27, as well as the other legislative and regulatory priorities on which ACB is actively engaged. To conclude the webinar, Clark and Claire listen to member concerns and respond to member questions. You may share advocacy-related issues with ACB by emailing: [email protected], or by calling: 1-202-467-5081.
To learn more about upcoming ACB community events similar to this webinar, please visit: https://www.acb.org/ACB-community-conference-calls.

April 2, 2020

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

This week, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal speak with Marcie Roth, President and CEO of the World Institute on Disability. Marcie has a long career history in accommodating persons with disabilities as it pertains to emergency preparedness. The three talk about what needs to be done to provide emergency services to persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
To learn more about the World Institute on Disability, visit: https://wid.org/

March 31, 2020

Information Access Committee Webinar on the 2020 U.S. Census

On this special edition of the Advocacy Update, the ACB Information Access Committee conducted a member webinar with Larry Carter, National Partnerships Manager, U.S. Census Bureau. Larry shared with ACB members the who, what, when, why and how for completing the 2020 U.S. Census.
To learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census, please call or visit: 1-844-330-2020, or www.2020census.gov.

To learn more about ACB, please visit: www.acb.org.