ACB Advocacy

  • Legislative Imperatives

    • Posted on: 23 January 2020
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark discuss the ACB Legislative Seminar and the three legislative imperatives for 2020. To learn more about the 2020 DC Leadership Meetings and Legislative seminar, including how to register, please visit: https://acb.org/2020-DC-leadership-meetings.

    A transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-advocacy-update-1-23-20-transcript

    Update: We fixed the low volume issues that existed in this edition of the podcast.

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news
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  • Surface Transportation Discussion with America Walks

    • Posted on: 16 January 2020
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark speak with Heidi Simon from America Walks. They discuss the overlapping missions of our two organizations, and the work that we are doing to make our neighborhoods and cities more pedestrian-friendly.
    To learn more about America Walks visit: www.americawalks.org.
    A transcript of this podcast is available at: www.acb.org/ACB-advocacy-update-1-16-20-transcript.

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, transportation, pedestrian safety
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  • Surface Transportation Discussion with AFB

    • Posted on: 9 January 2020
    • By: kellyg

    This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, ACB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Claire Stanley speaks with Stacy Cervanka from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). ACB and AFB are working together to encourage Congress to include language in the 2020 Surface Transportation bill that would positively affect the transportation rights and access for blind and visually impaired Americans.
    A transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-Advocacy-Update-Transcript-1-9-20

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, transportation, access
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  • Looking Back at 2019 with 2020 Vision

    • Posted on: 19 December 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this, the final Advocacy Update podcast for 2019, Clark Rachfal, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Eric Bridges, ACB Executive Director, and Dan Spoone, ACB President, discuss the organizational progress and advocacy accomplishments of 2019 and tease what ACB has planned for 2020. This was a year of transformation and growth for ACB, made possible by our members, partners, and of course individual supporters.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news
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  • Digital Accessibility for the Holidays

    • Posted on: 12 December 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On Dec. 5, the ACB Information Access Committee (IAC) hosted an evening webinar on accessible shopping, technology, and home appliances with special guest J.J. Meddaugh, Author, Access World. ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Clark Rachfal, and IAC Chair, Tony Stephens, led this discussion on what is naughty and nice in terms of accessibility, highlighted tips and tricks to improve the shopping experience, and shared ways that we can overcome the challenges when smart appliances fail the test on accessible interfaces for customers who are blind and visually impaired.
    To listen to the full webinar, including listener Q&A, visit the ACB Radio Special Events page at: http://acbradio.org/special
    To learn more about Access World and read the 2019 Holiday Gift Buying Guide, visit: https://www.afb.org/aw
    A transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-Advocacy-Update-12-12-19-transcript

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, accessible appliances
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  • Cogswell Macy Act

    • Posted on: 5 December 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark spoke with Barbara Raimondo, Executive Director, Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, about reintroduction of the Cogswell Macy Act (H.R. 4822 & S. 2681). Named for the first deaf student to be formally educated in the U.S. and for Helen Keller’s beloved teacher, respectively, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to improve results for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind children, including those with additional disabilities. More information about the Cogswell Macy Act is available at: https://cogswellmacyact.org/. To learn more about ACB, please visit: www.acb.org. A transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-Advocacy-Update-12-5-19-Transcript

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, Cogswell Macy Act, education
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  • All Things Audio Description

    • Posted on: 28 November 2019
    • By: kellyg

    Traveling for the holidays, or need some personal time away from the family? The ACB Advocacy Update has you covered! On this podcast, Claire and Clark discuss all things audio description with Dr. Joel Snyder and Carl Richardson. We highlight the great work of the Audio Description Project, including the Benefits of Audio Description in Education Contest, as well as the 16th Audio Description Institute, and the rapidly evolving landscape of streaming services providing accessible user interfaces and audio described programming.
    Register for the 2020 BADIE Contest and submit an audio description review before Dec. 6, 2019, by visiting: https://www.acb.org/adp/articles/badie2020.html.
    To learn more about the ADP Audio Description Institute, visit: https://acb.org/2020-audio-description-institute
    To access a transcript of this podcast, visit: https://acb.org/ACB-Advocacy-Update-11-28-19-transcript

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, audio description
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  • Access Acting Academy

    • Posted on: 21 November 2019
    • By: kellyg

    Calling All Actors! On this episode of the Advocacy Update, Clark spoke with starlet of the stage and screen, Marilee Talkington. Through personal and professional advocacy, Marilee has developed and launched the Access Acting Academy and will host the first-of-it’s-kind Professional Actor Training Program specifically for blind and visually impaired artists. This free flagship program will take place in Los Angeles, Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 2020, and applications are being accepted through Nov. 30, 2019.
    More information about the Access Acting Academy, including how to apply for the Professional Actor Training Program, is available at: www.accessacting.com, and more information about Marilee Talkington is available at: www.marileetalkington.com.
    A transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-advocacy-update-11-21-19-transcript

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    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, acting
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  • ACB Online: Part II

    • Posted on: 14 November 2019
    • By: ACBRadio

    For this episode of the Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark spoke with Kelly Gasque, Executive Assistant and Multimedia Design Specialist for ACB. This is the second podcast in our two part series on ACB’s online presence. Kelly shared with us the work that she does to coordinate and update the ACB website and social media platforms, and we discussed how this information is used to amplify the advocacy and governmental affairs work of ACB. To learn more about ACB, please visit: www.acb.org. A written transcript of this podcast is available at: https://acb.org/ACB-advocacy-update-11-14-19-transcript

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