2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention
“Better Together Wherever We Are”


Visit acbconvention.org between May 20 and June 28, 2021 to pre-register for convention.

The registration fee is $25 for ACB members and $40 for non-ACB members.

There is a $10 fee to register with ACB Next Generation and this will enter you into five gift card door prize drawings and one $50 Mini Mall gift card door prize drawing, all of which will be drawn during our convention events (need not be present to win but we’d love to celebrate you in real time if you are).


If you wish to become an ACB Next Generation member, please submit this google form

ACB Next Generation Membership Form

and you will be invoiced via Square upon receipt. Becoming an ACB Next Generation member automatically makes you an ACB member at the National level. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at acbnextgen@gmail.com

If you wish to become an ACB member, please contact the Minneapolis Finance Office at 612-332-3242, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time.

Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk

Click the link to sign up to become a member of or donate to the ACB NextGeneration Allstars walk team and find out what we have in store for your donations: ACB NextGeneration Allstars walk team

ACB Next Generation Program Schedule

Below you will find a list of events either being spearheaded by ACB Next Generation or with which we are partnering with other affiliates, in addition to general session information and a few overall convention specific events to participate in.

Friday, July 16th

10am-4pm ACB Board Meeting

9-11pm Friday Night Bash
Grab a drink and some snacks, then settle into a lively evening of ice breakers and group activities as we mingle with members, friends, & our supporters – all from the comfort of your own home! You might even win a door prize or two! Join in the fun as ACB Students and ACB Next Generation open the 2021 virtual Convention Week!

9-11pm FIA Showcase of the Performing Arts
Get ready for another outstanding panoply of performances from musicians, poets, and others. The pinnacle of diversity, creativity, and professionalism.

Saturday, July 17th

4-515pm Saturday School – Advocating for the Best Learning Options in a Hybrid Environment
In this workshop, we will explore how parents and college students can work with schools to get the best learning options whether instruction takes place in person, online, or using a combination of both methods.

  • Dr. Tabitha Brecke – Accommodation Specialist and Adjunct Professor at Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

  • Hayley Agers – Parent and former Independent Living Instructor – Marysville, Washington

  • Nat Ratcliffe – Student at California State University Dominguez Hills – Carson, California

  • Kaila Allan – Visually Impaired parent with a special needs student – Mesa, Arizona

  • Facilitator – Dr. Tonika East and MOe Carpenter

530-645pm “Straight off the Canvas”
An Audio described documentary about visually impaired artists in New York City. Straight Off the Canvas is the winner of several industry awards. It profiles Elizabeth Castallano, a visually impaired art teacher and artist. It also tells the story of blind art teacher Jessica Jones and her students at Lavelle School for the Blind in Bronx, NY.

9-1015pm ACB Next Generation – Meet & Greet Social
Whether you’ve been with Next Gen from the pre-affiliate days or you’re hearing about us for the first time, come hang out, bring your favorite snack and drink, and mingle with new and old friends to kick off another awesome convention.

Sunday, July 18th

230-345pm Conversation with Dr. Hoby Wedler
Dr. Webler is a computational chemist, entrepreneur, wine expert, and promoter of diversity and inclusion. Listen to the life lessons from this remarkable man. Learn about his life.

4-515pm Adventures in Coaching: Exploring the Hottest New Career
Ever wonder how to become a coach? Would you like to earn while you learn? This workshop will uncover the answers you’ve been looking for. Hear straight talk on the common challenges new coaches face. Discover what clients want and how to fill this need immediately. Hear from successful coaches who have built profitable businesses.

4-515pm Disability History/Awareness Society Implementation
Join us for a discussion about disability history/awareness with AFB’s President Kirk Adams, ACB’s President Dan Spoone, and ACB Students President Minh Ha, as we discuss the benefits and disadvantages of mandatory and voluntary disability awareness education in society.

6-645pm ACB Walk: Get Moving Together!
Help kick off the ACB general sessions by joining ACB members and friends during the live Virtual Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk on Sunday, July 18 at 6:00 PM. Lace up your shoes, grab your water bottle, and be a part of one of the kickoff events in the ACB health and wellness campaign.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Opening General Session

Monday, July 19th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Morning General Session

230-345pm Sensuality and Sexuality with a Disability
In this session we strive to help each other embrace the sensual inside us all as we talk through barriers to sexuality and intimacy.

230-345pm Smart home devices – Work Smarter, Not Harder
CCLVI and ACB Next Gen want to help open your eyes to the exciting world of smart home devices beyond the basics. Did you know you can have your floors vacuumed and mopped while you’re on a community call, stay in your comfy bed to turn on your ceiling fan in the middle of the night, or even be able to see who’s ringing your doorbell if you can’t see through the peephole? We’ll discuss smart home devices to help you in the kitchen, keep your home clean, allow you to multitask even better than you are now, and even some to give you peace of mind and security.

  • Aaron Linson – Search Consultant at Talentric LLC and Advocate for all Blind/VI People – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Tim Schwartz, Host of Life After Blindness podcast and Co-host of the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Tech Talk – Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Facilitators: Patti Cox and Melanie Sinohui

530-645pm  – Non-Traditional Blind Sports
From skateboarding to darts to hunting and fishing, join us as we talk with a panel of sports and recreation enthusiasts about some unique activities not traditionally participated in by the blind and visually impaired.

  • Curtis Ruttle – Founder, Alt Route Project – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Matt Janz – Founder, Skate Bats – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Tom Fisher – Vice President of North American Association of Blind Sportsmen (NAABS) – Gig Harbor, Washington

  • Dr. Andre Watson, PsyD – Clinical Psychologist – Delaware County, Pennsylvania

  • Facilitator – Greg Lindberg

9-10:15pm – FIA Prose and Poetry Reading
Share some of your original work or just come listen. Facilitator: Carla Hayes, McMurray, PA.

9-10:15pm ACB Next Generation: After Hours Social
Join us around the virtual watering hole for some casual time to continue to get to know each other as well as discuss the day’s events.

Tuesday, July 20th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Morning General Session

230-345pm Podcasting for Beginners
This session is for those who are interested in and nervous about, creating podcasts. We will discuss needed and basic techniques. Presenter: Derek Lane, Instructor, IC Music, LLC ; Owner, Lane’s Audio, Morganton, NC

530-645pm Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS)
Three, two, one…blast-off! Join Dan Oates, SCI-VIS Coordinator, as he discusses the program, the adaptations and the experience of students going to space camp. SCI-VIS is a week-long camp that takes place in September at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Coordinated by teachers of the visually impaired, students can participate fully in the space camp experience. The Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Robotics programs are adapted for the blind and visually impaired through which computers used by students have been adapted for speech and large print output. Materials and equipment (including simulators) used during missions are available in Braille and large print.

  • Dan Oates – SCIVIS Coordinator – Romney, West Virginia

  • Jim Allan – former Accessibility Coordinator and Webmaster for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Austin, Texas

  • Trina Britcher – SCIVIS Material Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty at Marshall University – Bridgeport, West Virginia

  • Facilitator – Melanie Sinohui

530-645pm Content Creators Cafe
Join a diverse group of content creator panelists to learn the ins and outs of content creation! The world of social media content is ever changing and new trends come up virtually every day so you won’t want to miss this exciting event! We’ll delve into every aspect of the creation process from a blind and visually impaired perspective. Everything from the process of curating the content itself as well as the assistive and mainstream technology solutions utilized to get this content out into the world will be covered!

  • Amy Wilson – Tick Tock and Content Creator (aka Blind Amy)

  • Steven Salas – Content Creator, Podcaster and Chair of the ACB Next Generation Public Relations Committee – Austin, Texas

  • Chris Peterson – Podcaster – Richfield, Minnesota

  • Facilitators – Gregg Wandsneider, Shane Aguilera, Chris Maae

7-11pm ACB Diamond Jubilee Auction
Over 60 items with exciting vacations, scrumptious treats, latest technology and unique crafts. Be a part of the fun and join us via zoom; or listen on ACB radio. Can’t wait for the auction to begin? Watch your email on Thursday, July 15th and Friday, July 16th for the Appetizer Auction where a handful of items will be up for bid several times a day.

9-10:15pm ACB Next Generation: After Hours Social
Join us around the virtual watering hole for some casual time to continue to get to know each other as well as discuss the day’s events.

Wednesday, July 21st

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Morning General Session

9-10:15pm ACB Next Generation: After Hours Social
Join us around the virtual watering hole for some casual time to continue to get to know each other as well as discuss the day’s events.

Thursday, July 22nd

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Morning General Session

230-345pm Tips and Tricks for Nailing that Job Interview
Learn new ways to address those annoying interviewing challenges. Panelists: Anthony Corona, Miami FL; Pam Shaw, Philadelphia, PA; Michael Garrett, Missouri City, TX; and Brooke Jostad, Fort Collins, CO. Facilitators: Carrie Muth, Coos Bay, OR and Peter Altschul, Columbia, MO.

530-645pm ACB NextGen “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire ’90s Trivia Edition”Who Wants to Be A Millionaire ‘90s Trivia Edition)
Are you from “West Philadelphia born and raised”? Do you go “chasing waterfalls” while listening to “Jagged Little Pill” in your Nirvana band t-shirt and flannel long sleeves? And “can you handle the truth”. Join us for some pre-banquet fun as we play Who Wants to Be A Millionaire – ‘90s trivia edition.

7-8pm ACB Banquet

9-10:15pm ACB Next Generation: After Hours Social
Join us around the virtual watering hole for some casual time to continue to get to know each other as well as discuss the day’s events.

Friday, July 23rd

8-11pm Olympic Opening Ceremony with audio description carried on all ACB media outlets, making for one huge audio described “Watch Party.”