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American Council of the Blind HQ

Together for a Bright Future

aka ACB   |   Alexandraia, VA   |  http://www.acb.org

Mission

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

Ruling year info

1963

Interim Executive Director

Dan Spoone

Main address

225 Reineckers Lane Suite 660

Alexandraia, VA 22314 USA

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EIN

58-0914436

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy & Governmental Affairs

ACB advocates on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired. At the government level, ACB works on drafting proposals, analyzing current legislative developments and working with regulatory agencies to support programs that help blind and visually impaired individuals to sustain their independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life.

Population(s) Served

Through the Scholarship program, ACB presents students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology. Other award programs have been created to foster future leaders through mentoring, training and peer development. A program of recognition awards for exceptional service in a wide range of areas to the blindness community are also supported.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through the annual convention, a strong representation of the membership is present to assist in the governance of the organization. This is where elections are held for officers and directors, and constitution and bylaw amendments are considered. Policy decisions and priorities are established through the adoption of resolutions relating to programs, services, and key issues affecting the blindness community. Many committees, task forces, and special interest affiliates conduct business and have programming during the convention.

This event also features numerous speakers, workshops, seminars, exhibits, tours, new technology, and other activities.

Population(s) Served

Through the Audio Description Project, ACB supports a broad range of activities designed to build awareness and promote the use of audio description for people who are blind or have low vision. The ADP works to make the community aware of the need for audio description for live theater, television, movies, DVDs, museums, and other media formats and venues, where its availability can enhance the understanding and overall experience of blind consumers. This program works to increase levels of audio description activity, impact government and industry policy and regulations, promote development of accessible hardware, software, and mobile applications for use with audio description, conduct training of audio description professionals, and disseminate information on all aspects of audio description through its extensive website and other awareness efforts.

Population(s) Served

Through utilizing the expertise of our staff and members, ACB provides information, referral and subject guidance in key areas to support people who are blind with their specialized informational needs. This is done through advocacy efforts such as job postings, resources for those who are looking for adaptive technology, individual referrals to state, ACB committees, and special interest affiliates who can best provide needed support for the individual and collective needs of the blind and visually impaired community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through trainings, workshops, and other support services, ACB works to strengthen state and special interest affiliates to develop leadership and grow membership. ACB coordinates an annual leadership conference, promotes consistent two-way communication with board affiliate liaisons and assists affiliates, as needed, with organizational business documentation and reporting. Our membership database is used to ensure accurate certification records, track volunteer hours, and support member communication.

Population(s) Served

Through over twenty (20) communication channels, such as our website, information hotline, Facebook, Twitter, ACB Braille Forum magazine, email lists, podcasts, and internet radio, ACB provides valuable accessibility information for and about the blindness community. ACB is a catalyst for communicating topics of interest that are relevant through media interviews, panel discussions, educational training seminars, and individualized outreach.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Develop short and long-term strategies on a variety of civil and equal rights policies and increase information accessibility and usability of products and services.

Forecast financial growth strategies.

Continue building and encouraging an active membership by providing opportunities and relevant training and resources to affiliate leaders and members.

Enrich the convention experience by expanding opportunities for attendance.

Publish an integrated communications plan.

Advocacy, Legislation and Policy
*Participate in government and private sector meetings to assure autonomous vehicles are accessible.
* Work with public transportation providers on accessibility concerns at airports, rail cars and other forms of public transportation and to prohibit fraudulent service animals on aircraft.
*Work with entities to increase accessibility of information which includes the web and mobile devices.
*Continue to work on having currency that is accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Forecast Financial Growth Strategies
* Create a plan to help forecast potential growth opportunities
* Re-establish the Advisory Board.

Membership
* Strengthen affiliate and special interest affiliates by providing various formats of training.
* Conduct focus groups to determine what topics interest affiliates.

Convention
* Partner with an authorized Continuing Education Credits (CEC) entity so ACB can provide approved CEC sessions at the convention.
* Develop a program which can better accommodate special needs of attendees.

Marketing and Communications
* Update ACB's website so information is easily accessible and more easily searchable.
* Create a communication plan so media if being distributed through the proper channels.

A strategic plan was developed in early 2017 to identify areas of priority. Teams were created in each area of priority, timeframes were developed to meet these goals and the resources that would be needed to complete the goals. Each team is meeting regularly to implement these goals.

Financial Strategies Growth
* A 3 year forecast has been created and is being compared to projections. An analysis is completed to determine which areas are performing as or better than expected and areas where performance is below expectations.

Membership
* Focus groups have been completed, areas of focus have been determined and they are now in the process of completing the needed tasks.

Convention
* ACB has been approved to provide Continuing Educational Credits at the Annual Conference and convention.

Communications
* ACB has created an updated logo, has updated its website.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Council of the Blind

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dan Spoone

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2023

Ray Campbell

Jeff Thom

Deb Cook Lewis

Denise Colley

Kim Charlson

Chris Bell

Donna Brown

Gabriel Lopez-Kafati

Terry Pacheco

Doug Powell

Rachel Schroeder

Kenneth Semien Sr.

Koni Sims

Katie Frederick

David Trott

Jeff Bishop

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/28/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.