How to Use Your Flex Credits
More Continuing Education and Professional Development Opportunities
Our new Flex Credits allow you to earn continuing education credits and professional development hours for designated programs and presentations in ACB general sessions and on the virtual exhibit and tour channels on ACB Radio. All of these opportunities are in addition to the individual sessions available through registration. See the list below for details.
You can purchase as many Flex Credits as you need from registration. Each hour equals one CE credit. If you attend more general session programs or exhibitor presentations than you anticipate, just report the times as explained below and we will contact you for payment.
Individuals registering for CE and PD opportunities have several responsibilities:
- For individual sessions available through registration: Plan to arrive at each session a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time, and stay for the complete session. A unique code will be announced at the beginning of each session, and another unique code will be announced at the end of each session. Make note of these codes, as they can only be obtained during the airing of the session.
- For Flex Credit opportunities: Plan to arrive at each presentation a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time, and stay for the complete time. Make note of the name of the program, the date, and the actual starting and ending times; use Eastern Time for this purpose. For example, you might report "Humanware, exhibit channel, Saturday July 4; start time 2:30 PM; end time 2:57 PM".
- Following the conference and convention, you are responsible for completing a CE and PD report that will have been emailed to you. You must enter the codes from your sessions or the dates and times for your Flex Credits on this form. You must also complete a report and evaluation form for each session or program. This will provide feedback to the presenter and/or provider, and will help ACB improve its CE and PD offerings in the future.
- Return all forms to ACB NO LATER THAN Aug. 15, 2020.
- Upon receipt of your completed forms, ACB will issue your certificate, indicating the number of CE credits and/or PD hours earned with ACB. You are responsible for submitting your certificate to your employer for your PD hours or to ACVREP for your CEC's.
For more information, contact Carla Ruschival, continuing education chair, by phone at 1-877-630-7190, or the ACB registration office at (612)332-3242.
Flex Credit Options:
General Session and Primetime (listen on ACB Radio Mainstream Channel)
Monday, July 6
12:00p.m.: News and Ongoing Progress at NLS
Presenter: Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Washington, DC
12:25p.m.: International Guest
Presenter: Martine Abel Williamson, Treasurer, World Blind Union, Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday, July 7
10:45a.m.: Information, Referral and Peer Support Program
Presenter: Claire Stanley, ACB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, Alexandria, VA
11:45a.m.: American Foundation for the Blind
Presenter: Kirk Adams, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind, Arlington, VA
12:05p.m.: Ten Years of the CVAA, What’s Next for People Who are Blind, Deaf, and Deafblind for Accessing Telecommunications and Audio Description:
Presenter: U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
12:35p.m.: Foundation Fighting Blindness
Presenter: Benjamin Shaberman, Senior Director of Scientific Outreach, Columbia, MD
Wednesday, July 8
11:45a.m.: "You Say Puh-Tay-Toe…I Say Whatever NLS Tells Me to Say."
Presenter: Erin Jones, Talking Book Narrator, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY
12:15p.m.: The Hadley Institute
Presenter: Julie Tye, President, Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Winnetka, IL
12:30p.m.: 30th Anniversary of the ADA
Presenters: Paul Edwards, Past President, American Council of the Blind, Miami, FL; and Christopher Bell, retired disability rights attorney, Pittsboro, NC
7:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.: Smart Access in the Home
Description: Rapid developments in high-tech home appliances and accessible smart home interfaces have transformed the way many consumers who are blind and visually impaired navigate the world from the comfort of their own couch. Join us as we break down where these trends are headed and learn how you can make informed and affordable choices toward making your own home accessible.
Thursday, July 9
11:45a.m.: CVS Accessible Prescription Labels: SpokenRX In-Store Solution
Presenter: Elizabeth (Liz) Leifel Ash, Senior Legal Counsel, Northbrook, IL (invited)
Friday, July 10
11:05a.m.: VisionServe Alliance
Presenter: Lee Nasehi, President & CEO, VisionServe Alliance, St. Louis, MO
12:05p.m.: American Printing House for the Blind
Presenter: Dr. Craig Meador, CEO, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY
7:00p.m ACB Virtual Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Roy Samuelson, Audio Description Narrator, Los Angeles, CA. With audio description narration credits from over 600 network, streaming, and big budget films, and hundreds of additional voiceover projects including national commercials, video games, and promos, billions of ears have heard Roy’s voice. He is a leading and well-respected Hollywood Voiceover artist and advocate for audio description. He’ll be sharing how his firm informs, inspires, and recruits relevant organizations into a new initiative in blind audience empowerment.
Virtual Exhibits (aired on the ACB Radio Community Channel)
8 hours of content each day, 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and replayed beginning at 7:30 PM and 3:30 AM. All exhibitors will be included in each day's broadcast; some exhibitors will repeat their presentations from day to day, while others will have new content each day. Presentations vary in length. Check the daily newspaper and www.acbconvention.org for specific daily schedule details.
Exhibitor Flex Choices include:
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) - 4 presentations
Be My Eyes
Bureau of Engraving and Printing - 3 presentations
Dream Vision Works - 8 presentations
En-vision America - 4 presentations
Guide Dog Foundation
Guide Dogs for the Blind - 4 presentations
Guidelights and Gadgets
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Horizons for the Blind - 8 presentations
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco - 8 presentations
National Braille Press - 8 presentations
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) - 4 presentations
The Seeing Eye
Vanda Pharmaceuticals - 3 presentations
Virtual Tours (listen on the ACB Radio Treasure Trove channel)
Audio described content each day, July 3 through July 10. New content from 3:00 to 9:00 PM daily; replays at 9:00 PM, 3:00 AM, and 9:00 AM.
Friday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 7
3:00 PM Holocaust Museum Houston
This award-winning interpretive and audio described tour, titled Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers, was produced in 2019 for Holocaust Museum Houston. The tour is narrated by Oscar-winning actress Christine Lahti, the daughter-in-law of Otto Schlamme, one of the museum's founders and a holocaust survivor. It also includes recorded testimonies from local Houston survivors. Written and produced by Q Media Productions; audio description voiced by David Kaplan. Special thanks for Dr. Kelly Zuniga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston, for permission to include this tour for the ACB Conference.
5:00 PM The United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum
Produced by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project and funded by the D.C. Aid Association for the Blind, this tour encompasses two large areas of the Museum - the Hall of Witnesses and the Hall of Remembrance.
5:30 PM The Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
This interpretive and audio described tour, titled Minnesota Journeys, was produced in 2019 for The Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis. Beginning with the formation of the universe through modern-day bio-science research, the history of Minnesota is told through the exploration of science, nature, and art. Written and produced by Q Media Productions; narrated by Adriana Colon and Raimund Kirstein.
Saturday, July 4 and Wednesday July 8
3:00 PM Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mount Rushmore Society
This award-winning interpretive audio tour, titled Mount Rushmore: A Living Memorial, was first produced in 2006 and audio described in 2018. The tour shares the history of the memorial's origin and artistic achievement as well as the significance of its location in the Black Hills. Narrated by Chris Hurt and Lisa Lindsey, the tour also includes interviews with park rangers and other subject matter experts as well as historic recordings and dramatic readings. Written and produced by Q Media Productions. Special thanks to the Mount Rushmore Society for including this tour for the ACB Conference.
5:00 PM The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution
Presidential portraits including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (two paintings), Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter and William J. Clinton
6:00 PM The White House
Produced by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project, this is the first-ever audio described tour of public areas of The White House (White House tours have always been self-guided). It is voiced by legendary Washington, DC radio personality the late Ed Walker, totally blind since a very young age.
6:35 PM The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem
First-ever audio described tour of one of the most visited exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. It features the actual flag that Francis Scott Key saw flying over Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812.
Sunday, July 5 and Thursday, July 9:
3:00 PM Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, National Park Service
The Wright Brothers National Memorial's audio described tour was produced in 2019 for the National Park Service Visitor Center in Kitty Hawk, NC. The center's exhibits tell the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright's historic achievement - man's first powered flight - in the place where it occurred. Written and produced by Q Media Productions; narrated by Mary Oelkers and George Orlando.
4:30 PM The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem:
The Star-Spangled Banner - first-ever audio described tour of one of the most visited exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. It features the actual flag that Francis Scott Key saw flying over Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812.
5:00 PM Natchez Trace Parkway
This audio described tour accompanies you through excerpts of the Parkway, also known as the "Old Natchez Trace", a historic forest trail which extends roughly 440 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, linking the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi rivers.
Monday July 6 and Friday, July 10:
2:45 PM The Audubon Experience
This tour walks the visitor through exhibits about John James Audubon, the naturalist's life and artistic process. The audio description was created for the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota for the "Audubon Animated" exhibit, which was on display in early 2020. Audubon Animated was created by OLO Creative Farm, and originally commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2017.
2:53 PM The Insect Zoo
Produced by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project and funded by the D.C. Aid Association for the Blind, this recording takes you through the exhibits that comprise the Smithsonian Institution's Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History.
4:00 PM Klondike Gold Rush Museum, National Park Service
This audio described tour was produced in 2017 for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park's Visitor Center located in Skagway, Alaska. In 1897 and '98, Skagway was one of two starting points where 20 to 30,000 gold-seeking stampeders set off on an epic and dangerous 600-mile trek to seek their fortunes. Written and produced by Q Media Productions; narrated by Bev Standing and David Caplan.
5:30 PM Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center's interpretive and audio described tour was produced in 2011 for the National Park Service. The visitor center's exhibits and audio tour tells the story of life in the mountains, from native Americans and early European settlers through the Civilian Conservation Corp and development of the national park. Written and produced by Q Media Productions; narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta and Tim Gehlson.