SPONSOR INFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITIES

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The 2020 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) will be held in Schaumburg, Illinois July 3 to July 10, 2020.

Approximately 1,000 people from across the United States and from many foreign countries are expected to attend this conference.  Thousands of people from around the world will listen to live broadcasts from the conference on ACB's Internet radio service or via telephone.  Countless others will read the conference program and conference newspaper on the ACB website and on ACB email lists.

Who is attending ACB’s conference and convention? Blind and visually impaired entrepreneurs, students, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, musicians, parents and guide dog users. These individuals are looking for work, want to learn about adaptive technology, are just learning to live with vision loss, attending college or just starting new careers.  They are spouses, family members, friends, and professionals who work in the field of vision loss.

They come to learn about the latest in technology, to attend seminars to enhance their lives, with the latest information on accessible medical equipment, transportation issues, audio description, and they come to network with other people who are blind and visually impaired.

Our 2020 sponsor packages are overflowing with opportunities for you to share your message with conference attendees and people from all around the world.  The packages are packed with premiums that let everyone know of your generosity and support.

    ALL sponsors receive:
  • Thank-you recognition spots on ACB Radio
  • Thank-you's on the ACB website
  • Verbal acknowledgment in all general sessions
  • Listing on giant sponsor board(s) at the conference (if confirmed by May 1)
  • Special thanks in the official conference and convention program (if confirmed by May 1)
  • Company name printed on conference T-shirt (if confirmed by May 1)
  • Acknowledgment in the first edition of the daily conference and convention newspaper
  • Special signage on exhibit booths reserved by conference sponsors

But that's not all! Look over the sponsorship packages below; each one is brimming with premiums. Select those that best fit your needs. Sponsor two or more events or services and receive the premiums for the package represented by your total dollar amount.

The 2020 Conference and convention program will be in print format and posted to ACB’s website. Sponsorship advertisement placement on ACB’s website may vary from the print format and ad previews will have links to your full advertisement.

 

Sponsorship Packages

Crown Jewel Package
$50,000.00
  • Logo and link to your website on the ACB home page AND the official conference sponsor page through May 31, 2021;
  • Color ad on outside back cover of the official conference program (or equivalent prominent advertising if not available);
  • Official conference T-shirt (your logo prominently placed on shirt; if confirmed by May 1st);
  • 75-word conference newspaper ad (6 issues);
  • 30-minute interview program on ACB Radio (your program will be archived on the ACB radio channel that best showcases your company);
  • Complimentary meeting room for your workshop, seminar or reception (up to 3 days if the meeting room is reserved by May 1st);
  • Prominent display of your name and/or logo in ALL general sessions;
  • 20-minute presentation by your representative at opening evening keynote general session (if confirmed by May 1st);
  • Complimentary exhibit booth;
  • 8 conference registrations;
  • Complimentary table for 8 at the conference banquet (if requested by May 1st);
  • Special acknowledgments (see above).

 

Crown Jewel Options (your choice)

  • Reduced hotel rates for convention attendees;
  • Audio and visual services in general session and all event meeting rooms for enhanced sound for all attendees (special thanks in all sessions utilizing the service);
  • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorship levels to equal $50,000.
Diamond Package
$25,000.00
  • Logo and link to your website on the ACB home page AND the official conference sponsor page through March 31, 2021:
  • Color ad on inside front cover of the official conference program (or equivalent prominent advertising if not available);
  • Official conference T-shirt (your logo prominently placed on shirt; deadline May 1st);
  • 75-word conference newspaper ad (5 issues)
  • 10-minute pre-recorded presentation to be aired on ACB Radio Mainstream (during ALL general sessions);
  • Complimentary meeting room for your workshop, seminar or reception (up to 2 days if the meeting room is reserved by May 1st);
  • Prominent display of your name and/or logo in ALL general sessions;
  • 15-minute presentation by your representative with prominent placement at a daily general session (if confirmed by May 1st or prerecorded if confirmed later);
  • Complimentary exhibit booth (if requested by May 1st);
  • 6 conference registrations;
  • Complimentary banquet registration for 6 at the conference banquet (if requested by May 1st);
  • Special acknowledgments (see above).

 

Diamond Options (your choice)

  • ACB conference banquet (your logo on all banquet tickets if confirmed by May 1st; 2 seats at head table for your representatives; special thanks at banquet; collectible favors including your logo for all banquet attendees);
  • Off-site ACB educational and recreational events. Your logo on all event tickets; your name on all event descriptions in pre-registration materials and in the official program; reduced ticket pricing for all events (if confirmed by May 1st);
  • ACB Radio Streaming, with signage in streaming locations and special thanks on all ACB Radio streaming sessions (ALL general sessions, ACB banquet, AND selected afternoon programs, PLUS selected round-the-clock replays AND post-conference archives);
  • ACB Videography with signage in general session; your name is mentioned, and your logo appears in all post-convention video productions;
  • Conference Exhibit Hall and Exhibit Hall Guide (your sign at the hall entrance and your name on the front page of the Exhibit Hall Guide, available in braille, large print and electronic formats; deadline May 1st);
  • Conference participation and development training for future leaders and young professionals. Your sponsorship will defray registration costs and enable attendees to attend many informative sessions during convention week (your logo on name tags worn by participants throughout the week, if confirmed by May 1st; special thanks at all related events);
  • Official conference program (deadline May 1st). Subsidize the cost of braille, large print and electronic formats, receive special recognition at beginning of program;
  • Conference Communications Center and newspaper (6 days in braille, large print and electronic formats, your name on sign at center entrance, PLUS your 75-word ad each issue);
  • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorship levels to equal $25,000
  • Emerald Package
    $15,000.00
    • Logo and link to your website from the ACB home page through September 30, 2020 AND from the official conference sponsor page through December 31, 2020;
    • Color ad on inside back cover in the official conference program (or equivalent prominent advertising if not available);
    • 75-word conference newspaper ad (4 issues);
    • Prominent display of your name and/or logo in ALL general sessions;
    • 10-minute presentation to be aired at one morning general session (live if confirmed by May 1st or pre-recorded if confirmed later);
    • Complimentary exhibit booth (if requested by May 1st);
    • 4 conference registrations;
    • 2 complimentary tickets to conference banquet (if requested by May 1st);
    • Special acknowledgments (see above);

     

    Emerald Options (your choice)

    • Conference Volunteer Services (your logo on training materials if confirmed by May 1, recognition certificates, and sign or banner displayed at desk; telephone answered with your name);
    • ACB Radio Afternoon Broadcasts (selected afternoon programs, PLUS replays AND post convention archives);
    • Information Desk (your sign displayed at desk throughout conference; telephone answered with your name);
    • Guide Dog Services (your sponsorship would ensure that approximately 200 guide dogs will have safe and well-maintained relief areas);
    • Round trip transportation from the airport to the conference hotel. This will provide reduced shuttle rates for ACB members; your logo on promotional materials and company name mentions by shuttle drivers ( if confirmed by May 1st);
    • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorship levels to equal $15,000.
    Ruby Package
    $10,000.00
    • Logo and link to your website from ACB sponsor page through December 31, 2020;
    • Color ad on inside front page in the official conference program (or equivalent prominent advertising if not available);
    • 75-word conference newspaper ad (3 issues);
    • 10-minute pre-recorded presentation to be aired (3 mornings) on ACB Radio Mainstream (based on availability);
    • Prominent display of your name and/or logo in ALL general sessions;

     

    Ruby Options (your choice)

    • ACB Café (grab-and-go food service near meetings; your sign displayed at the Café);
    • ACB Auction (your name and/or logo on all bidder number cards, item lists in braille, large print, and electronic formats, and auction webpage);
    • Interpreter services for deaf-blind attendees;
    • ACB Scholarship mentoring program (workshops and activities for student scholarship attendees);
    • Continuing Education Credits (your name on CEC webpages);
    • Audio Description Project (ADP) Training Institute (making the visual verbal);
    • ACB Activities (honor outstanding attendees and guests with special recognition events);
    • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorships to equal $10,000.
    Onyx Package
    $5,000.00
    • Your name and/or logo on ACB website sponsor page through December 31, 2020;
    • Half-page black-and-white ad in the official conference program;
    • 50-word conference newspaper ad (4 issues);
    • 10-minute pre-recorded presentation to be aired one morning on ACB Radio Mainstream;
    • Special acknowledgments (see above).

     

    Onyx Options (your choice)

    • Kids Explorers Club (a week of educational field trips, movies, games and crafts; ages 6 to 12);
    • ACB Life Member Reception;
    • Performing Arts Showcase (outstanding live event presented by blind musicians);
    • ACB Market Place for ACB authors, musicians, and entrepreneurs to promote and sell their wares (your name on sign and in program and newspaper references to Marketplace);
    • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorship levels to equal $5,000.
    Topaz Package
    $3,000.00
    • Your name and/or logo on ACB website convention sponsor page through September 30, 2020;
    • Quarter-page black-and-white ad in the official conference program;
    • 50-word conference newspaper ad (3 issues);
    • Special acknowledgments (see above).

     

    Topaz Options (your choice)

    • Guide dog play area - a great place for dogs to relieve stress and have some fun (approximately 200 guide dogs);
    • Audio-described movie (special mention in program and at movie showing);
    • ACB Link (enables listeners to get podcasts on demand, sends push notification with convention updates and is linked to the convention calendar, official sponsor of ALL general sessions);
    • ACB workshops and seminar programming; you will need to choose ONE of the following workshops/seminars: ACB governance (policy and constitution), Advocacy, Affiliate and Chapter Development, Durward K. McDaniel First-timers Reception, Employment, Environmental Access, Health and Wellness, Information Access, International Relations, Leadership Institute, Multicultural Affairs, Next Generation, Rehabilitation Issues, Sight and Sound Impaired, Transportation, or Women's Concerns ;
    • Choose any combination of options from any of the other sponsorship levels to equal $3,000.

     

    Coral Package
    $2,000.00
    • Your name and/or logo on ACB website convention sponsor page through August 31, 2020;
    • Quarter-page black-and-white ad in the official conference program;
    • 50-word conference newspaper ad (2 issues);
    • Special acknowledgments (see above).

     

    Coral Options (your choice)

    • Reception for outstanding blind students;
    • Sponsor a student, future ACB leader or young professional;
    • Durward K. McDaniel First-timers Reception;
    • Recreation Zone (activities exploring sports and healthy leisure options for all ages);
    • Sponsor a young professionals' reception;
    • Choose any two options from the Pearl sponsorships to equal $2,000.
    Pearl Package
    $1,000.00
    • Your name and/or logo on ACB website convention sponsor page through July 31, 2020;
    • 50-word conference newspaper ad;(1 issue)
    • Special acknowledgments (see above).

     

    Pearl Options (your choice)

    • Orientation dinner for outstanding blind students;
    • Luncheon to recognize outstanding blind students;
    • Affiliate Presidents' Seminar;
    • Affiliate and chapter development seminar
    • ACB Café Day (your name and logo on discount coupons placed in all registration bags for your special day).
    ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk

    Become a sponsor for the ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk – select the walk as your sponsorship package option (your logo on walk giveaways and displayed prominently at walk registration site).

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES:

    Don't see exactly what you want to sponsor? We can develop a custom package to fit your needs.