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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.