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2018 Conference and Convention

The 57th ACB Conference and Convention will take place Friday, June 29, 2018 to Friday, July 6, 2018, at the Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street, St Louis, Missouri, 63103.

Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people are expected to attend this conference from across the United States and from many foreign countries. Countless others will listen to selected broadcasts from the conference on ACB's internet radio service. Still others will read the conference program and newspaper from the ACB website and on ACB email lists. Included among these participants will be blind entrepreneurs, students, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, musicians, parents and grandparents. There will be people looking for work and people who use all kinds of adaptive technology; people who are interested in large print, recorded, digital and braille products; elderly people who are just learning to live with vision loss; and young people attending college and just starting new careers.

Exhibiting, advertising, and sponsoring events and programs at an ACB conference and convention are great ways to showcase your products and services to potential customers. Explore the Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsor links to learn how to exhibit in the busy exhibit hall, advertise in the official conference program and newspaper, sponsor events and services, and place product samples and literature in our registration bags. Use these opportunities to showcase your products and services to a broad cross-section of blind and visually impaired people across the nation and around the world.

Hotel Information

Room rates at the Union Station Hotel are $89 (single or double) with an additional $10.00 per person for up to four guests per room. Room tax (currently 18.4 percent) will be added to your room charge. When you make your reservation one night's stay will be charged to your credit card.

The hotel features a swimming pool, fitness center and restaurants for all price ranges.

Make telephone reservations by calling (314) 231-1234; make sure to mention you are with American Council of the Blind to obtain the conference and convention room rate.

Transportation

There are several options for traveling to St Louis for the 2018 ACB Conference and Convention. St Louis is served by Lambert Airport, code STL.

Many airlines fly to St. Louis:
  • Air Canada
  • Air Choice One
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Southwest airlines
  • United Airlines
  • XTRAirways

Go Best Express shuttle is offering ACB a rate of $38.25 round trip from the airport.

Reservations can be made by calling 314-222-5300 ask for discount code: ACB2018

St. Louis is also served by Amtrak, Greyhound and Mega bus; all 3 stop at the Gateway Transportation Center at 430 South 15th Street, five blocks from the hotel.

Using Paratransit

To be certified for Paratransit, contact (314) 652-3617.

Other Information

General Session:
  • Opening general session Saturday, June 30, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 4, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 5, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall:

  • Open Saturday, June 30, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Sunday through Tuesday, July 1 through 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 4, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tours

At this time, tour arrangements are still in process. More specific information will be provided as it becomes available.

Our first tours will begin on Friday, June 29 and run through Friday, July 6.

Affiliate Activities, Workshops and Seminars:

Affiliates are currently planning their events. Information will be posted as it becomes available.

For More Information

Subscribe to the convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention-subscribe@acblists.org

Exhibits - email Michael Smitherman at exhibits@acb.org or call him at (601) 331-7740.

Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities - email Margarine Beaman at oleo50@hotmail.com or call her at (512) 921-1625.

Volunteers - email Sally Benjamin at volunteer@acb.org or call her at (866) 846-7380.

General conference information or scheduling events - email Janet Dickelman at janet.dickelman@gmail.com or call her at (651) 428-5059.