ACB Next Generation

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2022 Convention


Visit between May 12 and June 20, 2022 to pre-register for convention. Registration will re-open on June 28th, when the Minneapolis office is on-site in Omaha.


The registration fee is $35 for ACB members and $50 for non-ACB members.


There is a $10 fee to register with ACB Next Generation and this will enter you into our door prize drawings, 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).


Online registration is now open! If you are not a member of ACB, you might want to join and take advantage of the discounted registration rate and the ability to register early, especially if planning to attend in Omaha and wishing to secure one of our fabulous tours.


Since the conference and convention is being held in Omaha, all times referenced for the convention will be in central daylight time!


To register, you must login to your member account at If you do not remember your login and password, you may select “password reset” or call the Minneapolis office at 612-332-3242. Once logged in to the members site, select the link labeled “convention.”


If you have not created a member account at, select the link labeled “Create an Account” and provide the information requested. After creating an account, you can log in, but it may take up to 24 business hours before you will be able to complete a convention registration, as the Minneapolis office needs to link your member account to our database.


If you need assistance in registering, telephone registration will be available by calling Janet Dickelman at 651-428-5059.


Once you have selected the “ACB Convention” link on the members main page, it will open on an introduction page you should read, then proceed to your preferences page. Please verify your contact information shown. On this page you will also select whether you will be attending the convention virtually or in-person. If you choose to be a virtual attendee, you will not be shown sessions that are only available to in-person attendees (tours, for example). If you choose to be an in-person attendee, you will be shown all virtual and in-person sessions.


At any time you may use this page to browse through all the meetings, programs, seminars and workshops being offered. Each day’s general session also appears along with the agenda for that day..

Coming to Omaha?

Make your hotel reservations today! Room rates at The Hilton, located at 1001 Cass Street, are $96.00 (single or double occupancy) with an additional $10.00 per person for up to four people per room. Room tax is currently 18.16%. One night’s stay will be charged to your credit card when you book your reservation.
Online reservations: American Council of the Blind – Start your reservation ( and select attendee as guest type.
Phone reservations: call 1-800-HILTONS 800) 445-8667 and reference “American Council of the Blind” room block. The group code is ACB.


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


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:


2022 ACB Next Generation Program

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


Saturday, June 18

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm ACB Summer Auction

Come and enjoy the ACB Summer Auction where we will be featuring jewelry, homemade baked goodies, technology, vacations, handmade quilts, and crafts. We will kick it off with an Appetizer Auction on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17.


Wednesday, June 22

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reading of Standing Rules Credentials


Thursday, June 23

7:30 pm – 8:45 pm – Prose and Poetry Reading

Share some of your original work or just come listen. Facilitator: Carla Hayes McMurray, PA Co-sponsored by FIA and ACB Next Generation


Friday, June 24

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – 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. Co-sponsors: FIA and ACB Next Generation


Saturday, June 25

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – ACB Next Generation and ACB Students Convention Pep Rally

Who’s got spirit? We do! Let’s get fired up for the 2022 ACB Conference and Convention. Join ACB Next Generation and ACB Students for our Convention Pep Rally. Enjoy meeting new friends, fun icebreakers, and learn about all our amazing events, as well as important information you will need to make your convention experience, whether virtual or in person, a great one. Bring your favorite snacks and get ready to root for ACB 2022. We can’t wait to cheer with you!


Friday, July 1

10:00 am – 4:00 pm ACB Board Meeting

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – ACB Students / ACB Next Generation Friday Night Bash

Grab a friend or two and join us for a lively evening of icebreakers and group activities as we mingle with members, friends, & our supporters! You might even win a door prize or two! Join in the fun as ACB Students and ACB Next Generation open the 2022 Convention Week! Keep an eye out on ACBS and ACB Next Generation’s social media pages for information on a virtual party after.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Friday Night Bash – virtual event


Saturday, July 2

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – ACB Next Generation: Meet the Family

Framily: Friends who are family – Whether you’ve been with NextGen from the beginning or you’re hearing about us for the first time, come hang out and mingle with new and old friends to kick off this year’s convention; you might even win a door prize!

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Walking Everywhere!

Lace up your shoes, grab your water bottle, and be ready to be energized. Join the ACB Walk committee as we gather to raise money for ACB and its affiliates, get some exercise by traversing the halls of the convention hotel and the convention center, and make a grand entrance to kick off the opening general session of the convention.

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


Sunday, July 3

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ACB General Session

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm ACB Families: Everyone Can Play!

Resources and ideas for accessible toys and games; share family-tested tips from parents, grandparents and teachers alike.


Monday, July 4

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ACB General Session

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Selling Yourself: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward in the Evolving Employment World

Join Sara Freeman Smith, an HR professional on the ACB Employment Committee, Pam Shaw, an entrepreneur and IVIE member, and Kaila Allen, recent new-hire and ACB Next Generation member, who will share their experience with written, verbal, and visual aspects of positioning yourself as the best job candidate and maximizing those networking opportunities. The panel will tackle these three aspects in each of their facets of the employment/networking processes. Co-sponsored with IVIE and the ACB Employment Committee.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Smart Home Living

A myriad of products that make your life and home more comfortable, cleaner, safer, and independent will be demonstrated and discussed. Spnsored by ACB Next Genand CCLVI.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – How to Not Be Afraid of Your Kitchen 101

Does the thought of under cooked meat scare you? Are you nervous when chopping your veggies? Do you want to learn how to prep and meal plan for your budget? Join Herbie Allen as he goes in depth into kitchen and food safety and Janeen Lea as she focuses on making your money go further and meal prepping to make your busy nights easier.


Tuesday, July 5

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ACB General Session

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Self Care is Health Care

Take charge of your physical, mental and emotional health. ACB Next Generation and ACB’s Get Up, Get Moving invite you to come and learn about the connection between mind, body and spirit. Come stretch out your body, learn from Leslie Spoone, a Certified Fitness Instructor, Koni Sims, a retired Medical Massage Practitioner, and Terry Suarez, a Certified Respiratory Therapist, and energize your spirit by learning to relax! Participants will also be able to share their best practices for self-care.

7:30 pm – 930 pm  – Dance of the Ages with CCLVI, AAVL, ACBNG (OnSite)

Music for all ages will be provided by our DJ. Whether you like waltzes, line dances, or something in between, it will happen.  We have also prepared an area for conversation while listening at a lower volume.  Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.  And, plenty of door prizes. Co-sponsored by AAVL, ACB Next Gen, and CCLVI


Wednesday, July 6

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ACB General Session

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm DKM Reception

Attend the 26th annual DKM First-Timers Reception to meet the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. You also get to witness the first-ever induction ceremony of the Durward K. McDaniel (DKM) Leadership Select Honor Society.


Thursday, July 7

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ACB General Session

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Banquet Entertainment

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm ACB Banquet

Keynote speaker: Judy Heumann. Judy has been involved in the Disability Rights movement since the early 1970’s. She was instrumental in establishing the independent living movement, and was a key player in fighting for the passage of the landmark Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She is considered the mother of disability rights, and because of her ongoing and tireless efforts, she is an internationally recognized disability advocate. Judy served as the highest official for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education under President Bill Clinton, and served under Barack Obama as the senior official for International Disability Rights at the State Department. In 2020, she published her memoir “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist.” As a true advocate and civil rights activist, she is well familiar with the needs of people with all disabilities, including those who are blind and low vision. Judy Heumann is making a difference for all of us in the 21st century. Presentation of ACB Awards ACB Braille Forum Raffle drawing