ACB Advocacy

  • Digital Accessibility with Aira - September 19, 2019

    • Posted on: 19 September 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update podcast, Clark and Claire are joined by Jenine Stanley, Explorer Community Manager for Aira. We discussed how Aira may be used as a tool to navigate inaccessible products and services, whether when dealing with household appliances and exercise equipment, or forms and websites online. Jenine shared with us how ACB members may utilize five free minutes of Aira to complete small tasks, as well as how to find locations, services and products that offer free Aira service. Be sure to take advantage of free Aira service at ACB state conventions and let us know how the service is working for you at advocacy@acb.org. To learn more about Aira, visit www.aira.io.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, accessibility, digital, technology, Aira
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  • Digital Accessibility - September 12, 2019

    • Posted on: 12 September 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the Advocacy Update podcast, Claire and Clark discuss digital accessibility. As more aspects of our everyday lives are interconnected with the Internet and technology, it is more important than ever to ensure access for people with disabilities. If you encounter inaccessible hardware, software, websites or mobile applications, let the ACB National Office know at advocacy@acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, accessibility, digital, technology
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  • Sara Conrad and CCLVI - September 5, 2019

    • Posted on: 5 September 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark are joined by Sara Conrad, President, Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI). Sara shared her journey as an ACB member and the work of CCLVI. To learn more about CCLVI, visit www.cclvi.org. Please share your podcast feedback with ACB at advocacy@acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    low vision, ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, CCLVI
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for August 29, 2019

    • Posted on: 29 August 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update podcast, Claire and Clark speak with Mark Richert about the ACB resolutions process. In addition to being the newly elected ACB First Vice President, Mark is the most recent past Chairman of the ACB Resolutions Committee and the voice of resolutions at the ACB annual convention. Mark shared insights regarding how resolutions are introduced, debated and passed. You may learn more about the ACB resolutions at www.acb.org/resolutions, and please share your podcast feedback with us at advocacy@acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for August 22, 2019

    • Posted on: 22 August 2019
    • By: kellyg

    It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…No, It’s a Flying Dog!
    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update podcast, Claire and Clark discuss the new final enforcement statement regarding service animals by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. Listen and learn about what passengers with service animals should expect while flying, and what policies airlines may implement. If you experience discrimination due to your service animal during air travel, please contact ACB at advocacy@acb.org.
    ACB press release: https://acb.org/2019-DOT-FAA-service-animal-statement
    Final Enforcement Statement: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-21/pdf/2019-17482.pdf

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news, service animals, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for August 15, 2019

    • Posted on: 15 August 2019
    • By: kellyg

    On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark speak with Chandrika (Shani) Jayant from Volkswagen. Shani is the Principle Universal Designer of Inclusive Mobility for the Volkswagen Group of America. Shani shared Volkswagen’s work on autonomous vehicles, silent cars and inclusive vehicle designs. If you have feedback on this podcast, or ideas for future podcasts, please send them to advocacy@acb.org. To learn more about the American Council of the Blind, please visit www.acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, blindness, community, news
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for August 7, 2019

    • Posted on: 6 August 2019
    • By: Jason Castonguay

    Call to Action!: The Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act, H.R. 4129, was introduced by Representatives Maloney and Bilirakis. Claire and Clark discuss the importance of this bipartisan bill and encourage all listeners to contact their elected members of Congress during the August Recess to support this legislation. Members of Congress may support this legislation by cosponsoring H.R. 4129 in the House of Representatives, and by introducing a companion bill in the Senate. Contact your Representatives and Senators by calling the U.S. Capitol switch board at: 1-202-224-3121, or visit www.house.gov/representatives and www.senate.gov. A press release for the bill is available at: https://acb.org/maloney-bilirakis-bill-low-vision-devices.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, advocacy, Blindness, Senate, House of Representatives, Bill, Call to Action, Medicare, Low Vision
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for July 26, 2019

    • Posted on: 26 July 2019
    • By: JeffBishop

    Happy 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! On this episode of the Advocacy Update Podcast, Clark Rachfal is joined by Amanda Tolson, En-Vision America, and JoAnn Stephens and Carrie Farber, Walmart, to discuss how Walmart is making the ScripTalk accessible prescription solution available at all Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs throughout the U.S. To get started with ScripTalk: call En-Vision America at: 1-800-890-1180, or speak with your local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacist today! If you have any feedback or questions about getting setup with ScripTalk, please let us know by emailing: advocacy@acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    Americans with Disabilities Act, En-Vision America, Walmart, Sam’s Clubs
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for July 10, 2019

    • Posted on: 10 July 2019
    • By: ACBRadio

    This week on the ACB Advocacy Update podcase, join Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal for a conversation with Minh Ha, President of ACB Students. During this podcast we learn a little about Minh, how she became involved with ACB, what’s new with ACB Students, and what Minh and ACB Students have in store for the ACB convention in Rochester this week! To learn more about ACB Students, visit: www.acb.org/affiliate-acbs or follow @ACBStudents on social media. As always, please share your podcast feedback and ideas with ACB at: advocacy@acb.org.

    Key Words: 
    ACB, Advocacy, Blindness, Community
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  • ACB Advocacy Update for July 2, 2019

    • Posted on: 2 July 2019
    • By: ACBRadio

    Join Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal this week as they meet with ACB’s new Membership Services Coordinator, Cindy Van Winkle. Claire and Clark get to know more about who she is, where she comes from, and what she hopes to bring to ACB.

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    ACB, Advocacy, Blindness, Community
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