Announcements

Conference Call: The Lowdown on Getting Down with ACBS at Convention!

Thursday, June 2 at 8 PM Eastern - 5 PM Pacific
(641)715-3580; Passcode 371487#
Are you as pumped for minneapolis as we are? The annual conference and convention for the American Council of the Blind--starting July 1 and ending on
July 9--is swiftly approaching, and ACBS has a full slate of events and fundraisers to keep you busy and entertained throughout the week! We understand
that no matter how exciting it is, the registration process can be daunting and confusing, but no fear, we are here to help. Join us at 8:00 PM on Thursday
May 26 to get the juicy deets on how to register for our events, how to book a hotel room/find roommates, and how you can share your time and help
us with our fundraisers. Bring us your burning questions and enthusiasm; we can't wait to talk to you and most importantly, to get down with you at convention!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 20:00

It's Time Again to Pay Dues!

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
by:
• 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:
http://www.acbstudents.net/dues
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 (president@acbstudents.net) with any questions about paying your dues.

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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 14:15

Brand New ACB Students Logo Released!

Thanks to the help of Executive Assistant Kelly Gasque, the American Council of Blind Students is extremely pleased to announce a brand new logo. Gasque
utilized the ACB National logo as a model for her creation of the ACB Students logo. The primary logo is a black and white square saying “ACBS” in both
print and braille, and underneath is text saying “American Council of Blind Students.” There are blue and white versions of the logo as well to ensure
versatility in using the design. This simple design is sure to be making its way to ACB Students social media. Be on the lookout for more information about
ACBS goods and apparel to come.

October All-Affiliate Call

Please join ACB Students for the October all-affiliate call this Sunday, October 25 at 8:00pm EST. Dial (641)715-3580, and enter the passcode 371487#. Come see what our legislative, membership, and convention committees and Advocate editors have been hard at work doing, and what we can look forward to in the coming weeks. Then, in response to a growing issue we've seen, participate in a vibrant discussion about how to increase accessibility during icebreaker activities that tend to be commonplace for student leadership organizations on college campuses. We are looking forward to as great a turnout as last time!

First Legislative Committee call

Please join the Legislative Committee for our first call Sunday, November 8 at 8:00pm EST. To call in, dial
(641)715-3580, and enter passcode 371487#. We are delighted to be joined by Eric Bridges from the national office to speak with us about the Legislative Seminar and how we, as students, can get involved. Please share the news with anyone who may be interested! Find the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1634829733435382/ where we will post any updates. Contact Sarah Wiles at secretary@acbstudents.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great turnout!

Announcing The Legislative Committee

Exciting news from ACB Students! In recognition of the growing interest in legislative issues in the blindness community, the American Council of Blind Students has decided to form a Legislative Committee. This committee will meet monthly to discuss current legal issues that pertain to blind
students, as well as prepare for the upcoming Midyear Conference at the end of February. Please contact Chairperson, Sarah Wiles, at secretary@acbstudents.net with any questions or ideas. Details on our first call to come.

ACBS is Collecting Submissions for the Student Advocate!

Attention writers!!!

Interested in submitting a piece to the Student Advocate? We are looking for articles! The student Advocate is the official publication of the American Council of Blind Students. To be published in our December issue, please submit a piece no later than 11:59PM on November 16 to the editor, Emily Sheets, at editor@acbstudents.net. The Student Advocate features a variety of articles ranging in topic from commentary on hot button issues in the blind and low vision community, to narratives from students about various college or high school experiences, and many other new and interesting pieces. We encourage creativity, and new ideas for the Student Advocate are always open for discussion. We also feature information about upcoming events and relevant organizations within the American Council of the Blind. Please address any questions, concerns, or ideas to Emily (editor@acbstudents.net.) We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy writing!

Welcome to the new Webmaster and Student Advocate Editor!

ACB Students is excited to announce that Chris Kchao and Emily Sheets have joined the board! They will be filling the new Webmaster and Student Advocate
Editor positions respectively. Chris has already started working on some great additions to the site, and Emily is excited to begin planning for the next
edition of the Student Advocate. Welcome Chris and Emily to the team!

Take the ACBS Survey and Let Us Know Your Ideas!

ACBS has created a survey to learn more about what blind and visually impaired students want to see us accomplish as we begin the 2015 / 2016 school year. By taking this brief
survey, you have the opportunity to tell ACBS what initiatives you feel are important for our organization. You also have the opportunity to tell us how
you might like to become more involved. If you have any difficulty or questions regarding the survey, please email Tiffany Jolliff at president@acbstudents.net. Thank you and We look forward to reading your responses!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACBSMembershipSurvey

Congratulations to the ACB Scholarship Class of 2015!

Another impressive class of blind and visually impaired students was presented as the newest scholarship winners at this year’s annual American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in Dallas, TX. The American Council of the Blind awards scholarships each year to blind and visually impaired students with remarkable aspirations and accomplishments, and of excellent academic standing. The American Council of Blind Students is proud to sponsor one of these scholarships. We are excited to follow these students in their endeavors to come. Join us in congratulating the ACB scholarship class of 2015!

• Michael Coughlin, PA – St. Johns University; Undergraduate Major: Business Management
• Sherrie Lilley, NY – Pillar College; Undergraduate Major: Psychology/Counseling
• Lauren Long, TX – Texas A&M University; Graduate Major: Marriage and Family Therapy
• Jessica Minneci, PA – Seton Hill University; Undergraduate Major: Communications
• Andrew Shaw, NY – University of Michigan; Undergraduate Major: Business
• Patricia Kepler, OR – Walden University; Graduate Major: Public Policy
• Elaine Phillips, MA – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering
• Thomas Woodyard, GA – University of Georgia; Undergraduate Major: Japanese and International Relations
• Sarah Wiles, MA – Boston College Law School; Graduate Major: Law School
• Christiane Steele, IA – Western Governors University; Undergraduate Major: Special Education
• Tiffany Jolliff, VA – George Mason University; Graduate Major: Organization Development/Knowledge Management
• Michael Griffin, FL – State College of Florida; Undergraduate Major: Information Technology
• Hunter Jozwiak, VA – George Mason University; Undergraduate Major: Computer Science
• Stephanie Zundel, NJ – Vanderbilt University; Undergraduate Major: Child Studies
• Hamid Seyed Hamraz, KY – University of Kentucky; Graduate Major: Computer Science
• Cassandra Mendez, OH – Ohio State University; Undergraduate Major: Computer Science & Engineering
• Michael Rouillard, CT – Western New England University; Undergraduate Major: Information Technology
• Elizabeth McKay, PA – Duquesne University; Undergraduate Major: Theology

2015 editor and junior rep applications are here!

Attention students! Are you interested in getting more involved with ACB Students? We have two exciting opportunities for you to join our board. We are currently accepting applications for the positions of Student Advocate Editor and Junior Representative. If you want to make an impact on the lives of blind and visually impaired students while working with a fun and dynamic board, then consider applying! Please download the applications below and send the completed documents to the specified email addresses. We look forward to accepting your submissions and working with you in the future!

ACBS mailing lists are live!

Our mailing lists are now live! You can subscribe to them and get involved.
Click here to subscribe to our announcements list; this list is low traffic and will be used to notify you of the most recent ACBS events and calls.
Click here to join our discussion list, where you can get to know other blind and low vision students and get help with questions related to school.

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About us

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.