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American Council of the Blind


We increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

Program Overview

The American Council of the Blind is a national charitable organization. The scope of our programs and services are in most cases designed to benefit the entire population of blind and visually impaired people across the US, and in many cases around the world.

Our programs include:
• ACB’s National Toll free information hotline helps people who are looking for answers to questions about blindness, low vision and vision-related services.
• ACB Radio showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind and visually impaired community from many parts of the world. ACB Radio streams on the internet, up-to-date and relevant information worldwide. The ACB Braille Forum and E-Forum are your sources for information about ACB and blindness issues.
• ACB advocates on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired. At the government level, ACB works on drafting proposals, analyzing current legislative developments and working with regulatory agencies to support programs that help blind and visually impaired individuals to sustain their independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life.
• ACB Provides advocacy to individuals in the blindness community through job postings, providing resources for those who are looking for adaptive technology, referrals to individuals needing help in their specific state and referring them to ACB committees and special interest affiliates who can provide support for the blind and visually impaired.
• The Audio Description Projects major goal is to sponsor a broad range of activities designed to build awareness of the need for audio description for its principal users, people who are blind or have low vision. This program tries to boost levels of audio description activity and disseminate information throughout the nation.
• Provides support to state and special interest affiliates with management and fundraising activities.
• The Scholarship program awards students with scholarships which helps with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology.
• ACB has an integrated marketing and communications approach with over 20 communication channels. Through many different forms of media, such as our website, Facebook, Braille magazine and Twitter, ACB presents valuable accessibility information for and about the blindness community.
• The annual convention is where ACB governance occurs, over 200 seminars and workshops are conducted on matters of interest to blind and visually impaired individuals.
• ACB does outreach to the disability, businesses and government agencies to collaborate on programs and activities to benefit the blindness community.