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American Council of the Blind (ACB)

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Formed in 1961, the ACB is one of the largest organizations of blind people in the world, with more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates and a nationwide network of chapters and members spanning the globe.

According to the ACB website:

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

Some of the major issues in which the American Council of the Blind is or recently has been involved include:

  • Advocating for improved education and rehabilitation services for blind children and adults
  • Implementation and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Advocating for improved health care for blind and visually impaired individuals
  • Promotion of accreditation of agencies serving blind people
  • Advocating for improved services to older blind Americans to enable them to live independently outside of costly institutions
  • Litigation to preserve and expand employment of blind persons as fast- food service operators through the Randolph-Sheppard Act
  • Encouraging the production and use of reading materials in accessible media including braille, recording and large print
  • Reauthorization and expansion of the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit legislation which grants tax benefits to employers who hire persons with disabilities
  • Training of airlines personnel on how to serve blind passengers, and implementation of Air Carriers Access Act

External Links

American Council of the Blind (ACB) website