This feed provides updates from the American Council of the Blind on its advocacy efforts.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, ACB staff member Claire Stanley spoke with two ACB members, Kim Charlson and Mitch Pomerantz. Both Kim and Mitch have held, or currently hold, leadership positions in the World Blind Union (WBU). To celebrate the lives of disabled persons from around the globe, listeners of this episode will learn more about what WBU does.
Internet Accessibility and Digital Inclusion
On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark speak with Rachel Weisberg, Staff Attorney for Equip for Equality, the state protection and advocacy agency for Illinois. Rachel shares with us the legal landscape for Internet and website accessibility and walks us through several legal scenarios for digital workplace inclusion.
To find the protection and advocacy agency in your state, please visit: https://www.ndrn.org/about/ndrn-member-agencies/.
ACB Salutes Our Veterans
On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark get to know the organizations supporting our blind and visually impaired veterans. First, they speak with Don Overton, President, Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) about BVA’s peer support network and advocacy initiatives. Then, they speak with ACB’s own Tyson Ernst, acting President, Visually Impaired Veterans of America (VIVA) regarding the VIVA affiliate and the tools and resources available to visually impaired veterans.
To learn more about BVA, please visit: www.bva.org.
To learn more and become involved with VIVA, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audio Description Update
On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire and Clark discuss the recent updates in the audio description marketplace. They speak with Sam Joehl, President, ACB of Virginia, about the work of the Federal Communications Commission and their Disability Advisory Committee, and they speak with Dr. Joel Snyder, Director, ACB’s Audio Description Project about ACB’s ongoing work to increase audio description availability.
To learn more about audio description innovations and to know what content is audio described, visit www.acb.org/adp.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal have the great opportunity to speak with Chairman Neil Romano from the National Council on Disability (NCD). In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the three talk about the low rate of employed persons with disabilities, the AbilityOne program, the work of NCD, and other issues concerning employment. #NDEAM
Flattening the Inaccessibility Curve
This week on the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal speak with Kirk Adams, the CEO and President of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), about the “Flattening the Inaccessibility Curve” research project. The study, which can be found at https://flatteninaccessibility.com, explores the experiences of adults who are blind or have low vision during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey covered areas of healthcare, transportation, employment, education, social experiences, access to meals, food, supplies, and voting.