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American Council of the Blind

Last Update:3/26/2019
Contact:
Title:
Address:1703 N. Beauregard St.
Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22311
County:Out of state
Phone:(202) 467-5081
Toll Free:(800) 424-8666
Fax:(703) 465-5085
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E-Mail:
Website:www.acb.org
Mission
To increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
Program Description
Countless numbers of blind and sighted people benefit from these and other ACB services:
  • Toll-free information and referral on non-medical aspects of blindness
  • Scholarship assistance to blind/visually impaired college/university/vocational-technical students (deadline: February 15)
  • Public education and awareness training
  • Support to consumer advocates and legal assistance on matters relating to blindness
  • Leadership and legislative training
  • Consulting with industry regarding employment of blind and visually impaired individuals
  • Governmental monitoring, consultation and advocacy including the Washington Connection, a national legislative hotline
  • Annual national convention
Financial
No cost for services. People may pay dues and become members if they wish.

A bimonthly magazine, The ACB Braille Forum, is free to members; companies, schools, agencies, institutions, libraries, organizations, foreign subscribers, etc. pay $25 per format per year. The magazine is available in braille, large print, digital cartridge, via e-mail, via podcast, and online. (E-mail and online versions are free to everyone.) Hard-copy versions come out in the odd-numbered months; electronic versions come out in the even months.

To be eligible for ACB's scholarships, you must be legally blind in both eyes. Applications are available on the web site around mid-November, and are due back February 15th. You can fill the application out online, or print it out and mail it in.
Services
Advocacy
Education Scholarships
Information & Referral
Visually Impaired / Blind
Counties Serviced
Nationwide
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