Programs and Services

ACB offers a wide variety of programs and services to help people who are blind or visually impaired. Whether you’re a student seeking financial aid for college, enjoy movies, a policy wonk, new to blindness or visual impairment, or a fan of old-time radio, there’s something here for you. Explore the list of programs and services we offer and join ACB as we work to build a bright future together.

ACB Scholarships

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.  

Convention

The annual convention is where ACB governance occurs. Our membership elects officers and directors, and makes decisions concerning bylaws and resolutions relating to policies, programs and services affecting the blindness community. Many affiliates conduct business at this time also. There are workshops, seminars, and speakers where one can gather information about health and rehabilitation, new technology and employment issues, among other subjects. 

Audio Description Project

Its 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. We try to make the community aware of the need for audio description in live theatre, television, movies, DVDs, and other media formats to enhance blind consumers’ experiences as well. This program tries to boost the amount of audio description available, and disseminates information throughout the nation.

Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

ACB advocates on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired. At the governmental 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 Radio

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. Our radio stations are Mainstream (hosts a variety of blind living programs), Interactive (blind disc jockeys with themed music shows), Café (original music from blind musicians), Treasure Trove (old radio shows), World News and Information, and Live (live streaming of affiliate events & conventions). ACB Radio is heard by a global audience, having visitors from more than 55 countries. 

Membership services

Provides support to state and special-interest affiliates with management and fundraising activities.  On the national level, ACB tracks names of members, volunteer hours members devote to help support ACB, manage the affiliate president and legislative meetings, promotes membership of ACB affiliates and provides affiliates assistances with business records.