Dear ACBS Member and supporter,
Happy 2017! We are writing to sincerely thank you for your support of the American Council of Blind Students (ACBS) over the past year. We truly appreciate your valuable gifts of time, membership, and monetary contributions. Without you, we could not have accomplished our important goals in 2016. Here are a few achievements of which we would like to highlight:
• We officially obtained 501C3 tax exempt non-profit organization status (Tax ID: 45-3810892), a title never been held by ACBS. This is a significant accomplishment for all monetary contributions to be tax deductible under the IRS code;
• We sent a delegation of students to the American Council of the Blind Midyear Seminar, where we held a fun and popular trivia night fundraiser which raised over $500;
• We coordinated a series of informative and successful events at the 2016 ACB Conference and Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our programming included a collaboration with Guide Dog Users, Inc. for a discussion panel covering the Guide Dog team experience as a college student and information for prospective young Guide Dog users; Put Your Best Look Forward"-a Dress For Success type of hands on workshop for men and women; and a presentation from a LinkedIn representative on the networks capabilities and tools. Annually, at every National convention ACB Students hosts a Students Welcome Party to meet and mingle, and a Scholarship Luncheon to honor and congratulate the year's scholarship winners;
• We hosted several well-attended and useful phone conferences on different topics such as going to college with a guide dog, getting an ACB scholarship, and how to navigate the dating social scene with a visual impairment.
With 2017 well underway, it is once again time to renew your membership in ACB Students. Your 2017 membership will help us achieve even more to benefit blind and visually impaired students, including:
• Raising funds for a first-timer scholarship to convention;
• Presenting educational seminars, and holding a spectacular convention in Rino, Nevada;
• Strengthening relationships with ACB state and special-interest affiliates in ways that will be mutually beneficial to our student members and to the national organization at large.
A membership in ACBS costs just $15.00 per person per year, and it entitles you to vote and run for board positions at all ACBS business meetings and elections, as well as receive the ACB Braille Forum, the national magazine of the American Council of the Blind. This year, we are excited to announce that with a generous donation, students that renew their memberships on or before March 1, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for one of the following gift cards:
• $25 gift certificate to a rideshare service of your choosing (Uber/Lyft)
• $15 Amazon.com gift certificate
• $10 Starbucks gift certificate
To renew or start a membership with ACBS, please fill out an application at the following link:
Once you have completed the form, it will direct you to PayPal, where you will be able to pay your dues using a credit or debit card.
ACB Students is a rapidly growing and vital organization dedicated to advocating for and serving the needs of blind and visually impaired students across the country. We thank you for your continued support and we are excited to work in tandem with you in the coming year.
Please feel free to contact our President, Minh Ha, with any questions or comments, at 774-242-4860 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also follow our vibrant social media channels on Twitter and Facebook, @ACBStudents.
Minh Ha, President
American Council of Blind Students
Sarah Wiles, First Vice President
American Council of Blind Students
ACB Students is looking for innovative and creative individuals to join the 2017 Convention Planning Committee!! Come be a part of this active group of
students and help ACBS fundraise and coordinate a collection of informative and memorable programming for this year's National Convention to be held in
Our 2016 programming and events included a collaboration with Guide Dog Users Inc. for a discussion panel covering the Guide Dog team experience as a college
student and information for prospective young Guide Dog users, Put Your Best Look Forward"-a Dress For Success type of hands on workshop for men and women,
and a presentation from a LinkedIn representative on the networks capabilities and tools. Annually, at every National convention ACB Students hosts a Students
Welcome Party to meet and mingle, and a Scholarship Luncheon to honor and congratulate the year's scholarship winners.
While we would love to have as many enthusiastic students present at National Convention as possible, we understand that not everyone is able to join us,
but your assistance in planning and coordinating would be a great support to the Student Affiliate.
If you are interested in helping ACB Students achieve another year of successful Convention Planning, please contact Tamara Lomax, Convention Planning
Committee Chair, at email@example.com
The ACB Walk is fast approaching, and we are in desperate need of donations! Please share our page with your friends and family. 50% of the money raised goes to ACBS, so this has the potential to be a huge fundraiser for us. If you are unable to attend convention in Minneapolis, you can register as a virtual walker. Let's try to surpass our goal of $1000!
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Attention ACB Students!
It’s that time again – time to pay dues! As a dues paying member of the American Council of Blind students, you can get involved in the exciting action
• Taking part in any general voting matters
• Running for board positions and gaining valuable leadership experience
• Joining any of the ACB Students committees, such as convention planning, membership, or legislative
We are always thrilled to welcome new members, especially now that ACB Students is officially a 501(c)3 non-profit certified organization.
To pay dues, please visit:
no later than Friday, March 11. A special thanks to Treasurer and Senior Webmaster Ty Littlefield for his hard work to get this page up and working.
Please contact President Tiffany Jolliff (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about paying your dues.
The American Council of Blind Students (ACBS) is the student affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, the nation's leading consumer and advocacy organization of people who are blind or visually impaired. A group of students founded ACBS in 1974 to acquire a greater voice in the workings of ACB. ACBS works to advance the equal opportunity and excellence in education for all blind and visually impaired high school, college and university
students in the United States. In so doing, we encourage leadership in our own communities, network students to discuss issues of concern, and act to promote equal access where it is lacking.
What we do on the national level
- Coordinate an annual National Convention to focus on topics of interest to blind and visually impaired students via formal and informal programs.
- Build partnerships with disability organizations to realize our common goals of worldwide accessibility.
- Organize social conference calls to connect students with students.
- Host e-mail lists to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information about employment, scholarships, advocacy efforts, and more.
- Publish the Student Advocate, a semiannual newsletter that features articles of interest to blind and visually impaired students.
- Serve as a resource for blind/visually impaired students, parents of blind/visually impaired students, disability services offices, and University disability organizations.
Keep in touch with ACBS
We have many ways for you to stay in touch with us. Find out about latest events, upcoming meetings, committee and board minutes and discuss topics that are important to you as a student.