Virtual Conference/Convention of the American Council of the Blind of Texas, Inc. (ACBT) on the Zoom Platform and ACB Radio - August 28-29, 2020

  • Posted on: 28 August 2020
  • By: ACBRadio

THEME: ACBT: 2020 Vision for the Future

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Special Thanks to Amerigroup for their generous Premiere Sponsorship of our conference/convention sneak previews.

Good News! We go LIVE on ACB Radio on Friday August 28, 2020.

Be sure to read below and refer to the attached Program Schedule.

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Happy Conferencing!

Convention Program:

Virtual Conference/Convention of the American Council of the Blind of Texas, Inc. (ACBT) on the Zoom Platform
August 28-29, 2020
THEME: ACBT: 2020 Vision for the Future
Friday, August 28
8:00 AMOpeningSession
• Greetings: President Peggy R. Garrett
• Invocation: Chris Prentice, ACBT Board of Directors, Austin Chapter
• Pledge of Allegiance: Eleanor Coldwell, President El Paso Chapter
• National anthem: Kenneth Semien Sr., President Beaumont Area Chapter
• Welcome: President Peggy R. Garrett
• Governor’s Proclamation: Presented by Ron Lucey, Executive Director, Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
• ACBT:2020 Vision for the Future: Nellie Martinez, Houston Chapter and Christopher (Chris) Allen Dallas Area Chapter

Friday Sessions and Exhibits
9:00-9:55 AM Braille Revival League of Texas (BRLT)
This session includes trends in Braille in the education system and its effects on successful employment and updates on Braille products.
Presenter: Susan O’Brien, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

10:00-10:55 AM Library Users of America-Texas (LUAT)
Updates on the National Library Services and Texas Talking Book Program
Presenter: Jaclyn Owusu, Public Awareness Coordinator, Texas State Library & Archives Commission

11:00-11:55 AM Guide Dog Users-Texas (GDUT)
“Check Your Headlights: Eye Care for Your Dog Guide”
Presenter: Dr. Audrey Yu-Speight, practicing Veterinarian Ophthalmologist in Austin Texas.

12:00-1:45 PM Virtual Exhibit Hall

2:00-3:30 PM Leadership Seminar
“Steppingstone to Becoming a Good Leader”
Moderator: Dr. Karen Wolffe, Consultant at Career Counseling and Consulting LLC. in Austin
Panelists: Dr. Gene Brooks, Lecturer in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin, Dan Spoone, President American Council of the Blind and Cyral Miller, Outreach Programs, Texas School for the Blind/Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

4:00-4:55 PM So what’s happening at ACB?
Updates from Dan Spoone, President ACB, Eric Bridges, Executive Director, Clark Rachfal, Director of ACB’s Advocacy & Governmental Affairs and Claire Stanley, Advocacy & Outreach Specialist

5:00-6:00 PM Virtual Exhibit Hall

7:30 PM Variety Show - Musical entertainment, comedy, etc.

Saturday, August 29
Sessions and Exhibits

8:00-9:00 AM Virtual exhibit hall

9:00-9:55 AM TWC
Updates from Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Presenter: Edward Serna, Executive Director of Texas Workforce Commission

10:30-11:30 AM Advocacy on the Rise
Presenters: Dennis Borel, Executive Director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) and Larry P. Johnson, Advocate, Author & Motivational Speaker

12:00-1:00 PM Virtual Exhibit Hall

1:00-2:15 PM Adjusting to Blindness
Facilitator: Diane Yoder, VR Supervisor Texas Workforce Solutions
Panelists: Jamie Sibson, Manager of Training Services, Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), Becky Browning, Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher Program Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission, Blind Services Support, Belinda J. Lane, Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher and Braille Program Specialist, Office of Blind Services Support, Texas Workforce Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Division

30-3:30 PM “Meeting the Jetsons”
Although we don’t have Rosie the robot, we do have Roomba to vacuum our floors. And to take care of all of our cooking needs, we have the Instant Pot. Join this session for demos and to see how this technology can change your life forever!
Presenters: Michael McCulloch, Sandhya Rao, and Linda Swanson, iBUGToday

4:00-4:55 PM Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
“How the PABSS Program can help during COVID-19”
Presenter: Will Burley, PABSS Advocate, Disability Rights Texas

5:00-6:00 PM Pre-Banquet Social (music and chat)
Music by DJ Kevin Ratliff, Austin Chapter (Bring your own Dinner, Dessert, Snacks, Beverage)
ACBT Banquet

6:00 PM Banquet Keynote speaker: President Dan Spoone, American Council of the Blind
Annual Awards
Door Prizes
Closing remarks
ACBT Auction

7:30 PM Auction