Listen to ACB Board meeting, Affiliate Presidents Meeting and Legislative Seminar on ACB Radio Mainstream Feb. 22-25

  • Posted on: 20 February 2020
  • By: ACBRadio

Coverage of these events will be held on ACB Radio Mainstream
With your Amazon devices, you may say:
Alexa (or however yours is called), play ACB Radio Mainstream.
Or, play ACBRadio Mainstream on Tunin.
If ACB Link is officially released by then, more info will be posted here.

Coverage will begin on Saturday with the ACB Board meeting beginning at 9:00 AM eastern.
At 12:15 eastern there will be a break for an Executive Committee meeting. The Board will resume meeting at 2:00 P.M. This is the first time the board meeting has been streamed.

2020 ACB DC Board of Directors meeting agenda
Alexandria Virginia
Holiday Inn Old Town Alexandria
Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:00 to 8:45 AM EST - Wythe Conference Room First Floor - Breakfast for ACB Board of Directors and their plus one
9:00 to 5:30 PM EST - Pendleton Conference Room First Floor – ACB DC Board of Directors Meeting –
1. Call to Order Dan Spoone President
2. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests Denise Colley Secretary
3. Review and Approval of Agenda Dan Spoone President
4. Approval of October 18,19 (Fall), November 11,18 (Budget) and January 23 (Telephonic) Minutes Denise Colley Secretary
5. Mission Moment Dan Spoone and Eric Bridges
Volunteer POSSE – Cindy, Mary, Lori, Leslie and Jane
6. Consent Agenda Dan Spoone
A. 2019 Financial Statements - Nancy Becker
B. Braille Forum Editor’s Report – Nutshell Sharon Lovering
C. 2019 Development Report - Tom Tobin and Jo Lynn Bailey Page
D. Advocacy Report - Progress Highlights Clark Rachfal
E. Website and Social Media Report - Kelly Gasque
F. Membership Services – Cindy Van Winkle
7. President’s Report Dan Spoone
A. WBU Quadrennial Meeting in Madrid, Spain – June 18 to 23
B. ACB Program Steering committees
C. Board Donation for Convention Auction – Leslie Spoone
D. Code of Conduct Policy
8. Staff Reports
A. Executive Director’s Report Eric Bridges
1) Replatforming ACB Server Environment
2) Travel and Meetings for the First Quarter
3) ACB Job Posting Updates
4) Other Updates
B. Advocacy Update – Clark Rachfal
C. Website and Social Media Updates – Kelly Gasque
D. Resource Development – tom Tobin
E. Foundation Grants – Jo Lynn Bailey Page
F. Member Services – Cindy Van winkle
G. Chief Financial Officer – Nancy Becker
1) Minnesota Office lease
2) AMMS Update
9. ACB Walk Song – Walking Up A Storm
10. Executive Session: 12:30 to 2:00
11. Financial Narrative for 2019: David Trott ACB Treasurer
12. Review and Approval of the Scholarship Application Policy: Denise Colley and Rebecca Bridges Scholarship Committee Co-chairs
13. ACB Radio Update: Jeff Bishop
14. Board of Publications (BOP) Report: Deb Cook Lewis, BOP Chair
15. Convention Update for Schaumburg (2020), Phoenix (2021) and Omaha (2022): Janet Dickelman
16. Officer and Board Liaison Updates
A. Ray Campbell
Information Access; Constitution and Bylaws; Member Services; Leadership Training Institute; Multicultural Affairs
B. Denise Colley
Credentials; Scholarship
C. David Trott
Investment; RDC including sub-committees; DKM Fund; Budget
D. Kim Charlson
Advocacy Services; ADP; History; Resolutions
E. Dan Spoone
SASI; International Relations; Convention Program; Employment; Special Education/Schools for the Blind; Next Generation
F. Janet Dickelman
G. Pat Sheehan
Transportation; Environmental Access
H. Doug Powell
Rehab Issues
I. Katie Frederick
Public Relations; ACB Women
17. Other Committee Reports as Needed
If committee chairs are present, they will be invited to give an update.
18. Adjourn

On Sunday, tune in to the Affiliate Presidents meeting.
Here is the agenda. All times are listed in Eastern time zone.

2020 Presidents’ Meeting Agenda

Sunday, February 23 - Commonwealth CD

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks: Dan Spoone, ACB President, Orlando, FL; and Meeting Logistics: Eric Bridges, ACB Executive Director, Alexandria, VA

9:10 AM: Development/Fundraising Steering Committee — Opening Remark and ACB Angels Tribute: Dan Dillon, ACB Board of Directors and Development Steering Committee Member Lead, Hermitage, TN; ACB Walk: Donna Brown, ACB Board of Directors and ACB Walk Chair, Romney, WV; Convention Auction: Leslie Spoone, Convention Auction Chair, Orlando, FL; Monthly Monetary Support (MMS): Michael Garrett, Member, MMS Committee, Missouri City, TX; ACB Braille Forum Raffle: David Trott, Treasurer, Talladega, AL; and Legacy Endowment and Giving Societies: Tom Tobin, ACB Development Director, Cleveland Heights, OH

9:40 AM: Board of Publications Update — Overview of 2020 Key BOP Initiatives: Zelda Gebhard, Elected BOP Member, Edgeley, ND; and Penny Reeder, Elected BOP Member, Montgomery Village, MD

9:55 AM: Scholarship and Awards Steering Committee — Exciting News about Scholarships and Awards: Kenneth Semien, Scholarship and Awards Steering Committee Member Lead and DKM Chair, Beaumont, TX; Denise Colley, Secretary and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, Lacey, WA; Cindy Van Winkle, ACB Membership Services Coordinator and Scholarship and Awards Steering Committee Staff Lead, Minneapolis, MN; Zelda Gebhard, DKM Committee Member, Edgeley, ND; Cindy LaBon, DKM Committee Member, Gaithersburg, MD; Penny Reeder, Elected BOP Member, Montgomery Village, MD

10:25 AM: Introductions

10:40 AM: Break

10:55 AM: Audio Description Project Breakout Session — Learn About ADP’s Six Sub-committees: Kim Charlson, ACB Immediate Past President and ADP Steering Committee Co-Chair, Watertown, MA; Understanding the New Roll Out of Streaming Services — Hulu, Apple, Disney+, and More: Carl Richardson, ADP Co-Chair, Brighton, MA; Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Alexandria, VA

11:40 AM: 5 Minute Break (panelists switch rooms)

11:45 AM: Information, Referral and Peer Support (IRPS) Breakout Session — Coming Together: The Difference We Can Make When We Share Resources and Support One Another: Claire Stanley, ACB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist and IRPS Staff Lead, Rockville, MD

12:30 PM: Lunch Presentation – Moving Toward Inclusion for Blind and Visually Impaired Actors: Joe Strechay, Co-Producer of “See” on Apple TV+, Camp Hill, PA; Sponsor Presentations: Paul Schroeder, Aira Vice President Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Silver Spring, MD; Matt Ater, Vispero Vice President, Manassas, VA

1:40 PM: Convention Updates for 2020 Schaumburg, IL – Janet Dickelman, ACB Convention Coordinator, St. Paul, MN

2:00 PM: Break

2:15 PM: Membership Services Breakout Session — Embrace, Engage, Empower: An Active Approach to Caring for Our Membership: Cindy Van Winkle, ACB Membership Services Coordinator and Membership Steering Committee Staff Lead, Minneapolis, MN; Donna Brown, ACB Board of Directors, Membership Services Member Lead, Romney, WV

3:00 PM: 5 Minute Break (panelists change rooms)

3:05 PM: Public Awareness Breakout Session — Connecting with ACB: Getting the Message Your Way: Kelly Gasque, Executive Assistant and Multimedia Design Specialist and Public Awareness Steering Committee Staff Lead, Woodbridge, VA; Katie Frederick, ACB Board of Directors and Public Awareness Steering Committee Member Lead, Worthington, OH

3:50 PM: Break

4:00 PM: Collaboration between ACB and VisionServe Alliance: Lee Nasehi, President & CEO of VisionServe Alliance and ACB Advisory Board Member, Winter Park, FL

4:30 PM: A Zoom Primer — Strategies for Strengthening Your Affiliate’s Virtual Meetings: Tony Stephens, Information Access Committee (IAC) Chair, Baltimore, MD; and Deb Cook Lewis, BOP Chair, Clarkston, WA; Sandra Sermons, Member of IAC Committee, Rockville, MD; Ray Campbell, ACB Second Vice President, Glen Ellyn, IL

5:00 PM: Audio Description Project Update and More: Joel Snyder, Director, ACB Audio Description Project, Takoma Park, MD; Mina Lamarra, BADIE Contest Winner, Whittier, CA

5:30 PM: Wrap-up: Dan Spoone, ACB President, Orlando, FL

5:40 PM: Adjournment

This concludes The Affiliate Presidents meeting. Below is the schedule for The Legislative Seminar

Monday, February 24, 2020:

Legislative Seminar

ACB Radio Mainstream

9:00 AM to 4:45 PM

9:00 – 9:15 AM: Let’s Get Started: Welcome everyone to this year’s legislative seminar and run through the order of the day.

· Dan Spoone, President

· Eric Bridges, Executive Director

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

9:15 – 9:30 AM: Around the Room: Introduce yourself to the other legislative seminar attendees.

9:30 – 10:15 AM: What’s the Deal with W-I-O-A?: Learn how WIOA has altered the focus of RSA concerning Pre-ETS, employment, non-vocational outcomes and OIB.

· Mark Schultz, Acting Administrator, Rehabilitation Services Administration

10:15 – 11:00 AM: Ten Years of the CVAA: Learn what’s new at the Federal Communications Commission.

· Diane Burstein, Director, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission

11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break

11:15 – 11:45 AM: Accessible Air Travel and Flying Dogs!: Learn what’s happening at the Department of Transportation.

· Livaughn Chapman, Chief, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch, U.S. Department of Transportation

· Alex Taday, Supervisory Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation

11:45 AM –12:00 PM: Yes, I’m Only a Bill…: Learn about ACB’s work to create legislation in West Virginia to allow blind and visually impaired residents to independently and privately vote absentee.

· Maggie Hart, Counsel, Washington Lawyer’s Committee

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch Keynote: Listen to 2020 election insights from a political insider who is neck deep in the swamp.

· Charles Cooper, Managing Director, Chair of Advocacy, Signal Group

12:50 – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 – 1:15 PM: Back to School: Learn about the Cogswell-Macy Act that will ensure blind and visually impaired students will receive a fair and appropriate education.

· Barbara Raimondo, Executive Director, Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf

1:15 – 1:30 PM: Learn what the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act is and the profound impact it will have on Medicare recipients who need access to low vision devices.

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

1:30 – 2:00 PM: Inaccessible Medical Equipment is a Chronic Condition: Learn about ACB’s continuing work to promote the development of and requirement for accessible durable medical equipment for blind and visually impaired users.

· Stephanie Willis, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

· Matthew Handley, Partner, Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

2:00 – 2:10 PM: Break

2:10 – 2:55 PM: Accessible Transportation, Now and in the Future: Learn about the work going on in the transportation realm, from those who travel by foot to driving in an autonomous vehicle.

· Pat Sheehan, ACB Board (Moderator)

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

· Heidi Simon, Deputy Director, America Walks

· Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy for Accessibility and Underserved Communities, Uber

· Eric Danko, Director, Federal Affairs, Cruise Automation

2:55 – 3:25 PM: The Fast and the Furious: Learn about the two legislative imperatives ACB is addressing this year that touch upon transportation for persons who are blind and visually impaired: the FAST Act and autonomous vehicles.

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

3:25 – 3:35 PM: Break

3:35 – 3:50 PM: Sponsor Presentations


· Cisco Systems

· JPMorgan Chase


· Charter

· Vispero


· Aira

· Cruise Automation

· En-Vision America

· Sprint

· Uber

3:50 – 4:10 PM: Tell Claire Everything!: Educate Claire Stanley, ACB’s Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, on other issues the blindness community currently faces. Come prepared to discuss issues and potential solutions.

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

4:10 – 4:30 PM: What to Expect on Capitol Hill: Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal will run through scenarios to prepare participants for their Hill meetings on Tuesday, and pose the question that if a meeting occurred and a feedback survey was not completed, did it really happen?

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

4:30 – 4:45 PM: In Closing: Did we remind you about completing your Hill meeting feedback forms?

· Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

· Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

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