2019 Sessions and Tours

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Friday, July 5

8:00 am - 4:45 pm Genesee Country Village $82 ($86)

Travel back in time at the 3rd largest living history museum in the United States, the Genesee Country Village & Museum. You will be immersed into the 19th century as you explore this living, breathing historic village. Guests will spend the day interacting and learning through hands-on activities and experiences, tasting, touching, and smelling your way through history. Activities include: period dressed, knowledgeable interpreters escorting you through the entire village on a guided trolley tour. Visiting our state of the art facility, the John. L. Wehle Gallery where you will be welcomed by our Lead Curator, Patricia Tice before experiencing our 'Working like a Dog' exhibit as well as our 'Victoria's Closet' exhibit to learn about the fashion and the origins of these extraordinary garments — maybe even trying them on. During lunch you will also have the chance to taste 19th-century beer recipes, as well as Heritage Chocolate recipes! Don't miss out on this unique and engaging experience at Genesee Country Village & Museum! There will be time to visit the gift shop and bakery.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Pre- Convention Board Meeting no fee
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm City Bus Tour $21 ($25)

Climb on board and enjoy a narrated tour of the rich history of the "Flower City" You will hear about Rochester's rich history and learn about its famous people and places. No stopping.

5:15 pm - 10:30 pm Colonial Belle $60 ($64)

This tour is sold out with a lengthy waiting list, so no further orders are being accepted.

Join your pals on a narrated three hour Erie Canal boat cruise. Our group will take over the entire boat, the colonial Belle. We will be served a plated dinner with a cash bar available. Explore the Erie canal including a trip through the famous locks. There will be times during the tour when everyone will be asked to sit down, as the song says "Low bridge, ev'rybody down". What a great start to convention week; if you take the Genessee choose one.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm ACB Students Office Hours $10 ($15)
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm ACBNY Welcome Party $10 ($12)

Saturday, July 6

5:15 am - 6:30 pm Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame $73 ($77)

Travel to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. You will be able to touch the plaques of each player selected for the Hall of Fame. Enjoy a hands-on tour of uniforms, bats, gloves, balls and other gear used throughout the years. Listen to recordings of famous moments in baseball history including Hank Aaron's 755th home run, Jackie Robinson's appearance on first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Lou Gehrig's farewell speech. We'll sit-down to share a movie showing many of the baseball greats and their reactions to the game; this movie will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye. The tour will include time for souvenir shopping. The bus ride will be long but we will keep you entertained with audio and video clips, games and snacks.

Boxed breakfast and a late afternoon meal included.

7:00 am - 8:30 am 100-K Photo Finish $25 ($25)
Start your convention week with an invigorating early morning walk around the hotel. Join us for the annual ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk; make new friends and get re-acquainted with old friends.
7:30 am - 9:30 am FIA Board Meeting no fee
8:00 am - 10:30 am AABT Fun and Games Breakfast $25 ($27)

After kicking off the morning with quiche, join us for a lively game of "Out-Of-Sight Jeopardy," redesigned with blindness-related categories and questions. Then, meet Marty Schultz who will give us information about his Blindfold Games and ObjectiveEd, which publishes educational games that are especially designed for blind and visually impaired students in Grades K-12. The AABT Business Meeting will follow.

9:00 am - 10:15 am How Aira is Used to Land Dream Jobs no fee

Start your convention in high gear by learning how Aira has assisted individuals to master the job-seeking challenge. From formatting your resume, proofreading your cover letter and submitting your application, to matching your attire, and traveling to the interview, this session will present strategies for using Aira to find employment.  Hear from Aira staff and Explorers about Aira’s Employment Program, an Aira initiative to provide free service to Aira Explorers who are undertaking any task related to finding work. The session will also include a brief overview of Aira’s program for students, as well as our support for small business owners. We are pleased to partner with the American Council of the Blind to lower the unacceptable unemployment rate among the blind from 70% to under 7%. Join us and find out how to make the dream real.

9:00 am - 11:00 am What's New with JAWS, Fusion and ZoomText? no fee

Join Douglas Gerry from Vispero and learn all the latest details on JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText with demonstrations and discussions of the 2019 releases. We will also look at how well JAWS is already working with the new Chromium Edge Browser from Microsoft scheduled to be released in the coming months. The first 50 attendees will be provided a 50% discount code for the Home Annual License of their choice.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm BITS Program: All Things Amazon no fee
Presenter: Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility, Amazon
10:00 am - 12:00 pm RSVA Board Meeting no fee
10:00 am - 12:30 pm City Bus Tour II $21 ($25)

Climb on board and enjoy a narrated tour of the rich history of the "Flower City" You will hear about Rochester's rich history and learn about its famous people and places. No stopping.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Charter Communications Open House no fee
10:30 am - 12:00 pm BOP Meeting no fee
11:00 am - 2:00 pm BPI: Bubbles and Mingles no fee
Join BPI's Board of Directors for Brunch! Chat and mingle with directors, members, and friends. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts about our organization's future in an informal setting. Meet in the Hyatt lobby.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ACB Committee Chairs Meeting no fee
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm ACBS Scholarship Lunch $32 ($35)
Join ACB Students & RSVA to honor the achievements, success, & future endeavors of our 2019 Scholarship Winners. ACBS business meeting to immediately follow the luncheon.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ACB Exhibit Hall is open no fee
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm BITS Program no fee
All about Artificial Intelligence (AI).
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm BRL Orienteering $7 ($10)

Compete for prizes as you follow clues and answer questions as you go around the hotel and try to be the first one back. PARTICIPANTS must be braille readers and writers and must have some way to record answers.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm 411 From the IAC $5 ($7)

Session 1: Brian Charlson will give an update on the activities of the IAC over the past 12 months.

Session 2: Ray Campbell will discuss "What do I say" when I need help on a website.

Session 3: Peter Korn from Amazon will discuss devices and services from the company that brought us Fire TV, Alexa and much more. Session 4: Blindfold Games/ObjectiveEd developer Marty Schultz will discuss the over 50 accessible iOS games from Blindfold Games.

1:15 pm - 3:45 pm City Bus Tour III $21 ($25)

Climb on board and enjoy a narrated tour of the rich history of the "Flower City" You will hear about Rochester's rich history and learn about its famous people and places. No stopping.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Wow Your Boss with Aira no fee

Find inspiration on how people use Aira every day to accomplish tasks and do more at work, impressing their bosses along the way. Learn pro-tips for office efficiency, hear what others use Aira for in their day-to-day work life, and get a chance to speak with the Aira team about how to bring Aira into your workplace as a reasonable accommodation for you or for a group of blind employees through our Employer Access program. Aira and employment – a dynamic duo.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm HIMS: Excellent Choice no fee

Whether you choose to streamline your Google experience with a Polaris, optimize your workflow with a QBraille XL, or enjoy the smoothest reading experience on an Actilino, the HIMS Team has your back. If you choose a bulky device with a built-in screen to accommodate the sight dependent people in your life, we celebrate that you can make that choice. Choice drives innovation, and HIMS has many innovations to choose from. Check out what we're about. Excellent choice!

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm RSVA Program no fee
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm All About the New York Business Enterprise Program no fee

CEC Portion of RSVA Program (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM).

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Advantage of Nayax Card Readers no fee

CEC Portion of RSVA Program (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM).

2:45 pm - 5:30 pm Transportation and Environmental Access Workshop: "Taming the Curb" $7 ($10)

Speakers will discuss the challenges pedestrians are facing when they approach the curbside. With the rapidly growing numbers of EBikes and EScooters crowding our sidewalks, and the increasing numbers of Ubers and Lyfts picking up and dropping off passengers, space near the curb on most streets is becoming cluttered and difficult to navigate. Factor in silent cars, a growing number of autonomous vehicles, new intersection designs and increasingly complex traffic signalization, and the pedestrian environment is becoming downright dangerous. Man, it's a jungle out there!

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BPI: Audio Described Film - Boy Erased $5 ($7)

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm FIA Showcase Audition and Rehersal no fee

Visit the FIA suite to sign up and rehearse your number for the FIA showcase.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm CCLVI Scholarship Winners Mixer (in CCLVI Pkg) $15 ($20)
See old friends and make new; meet the 2019 Fred Scheigert scholarship winners.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Top Ten Technology Treasures no fee

CEC Portion of RSVA Program (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM).

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Giving Society Reception (by invitation only) no fee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friends of Bill W. no fee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Interdenominational Church Service no fee
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Adventures with Microsoft Soundscape no fee
Soundscape uses 3D spatial audio to promote a person’s mobility and independence by enhancing their awareness of their surroundings by calling out landmarks and points of interest from where they actually are.  This provides a greater sense of empowerment and choice and allows each and every one of us to be able enjoy the outdoors with greater confidence and less stress.  Come along to this session to learn more about what Soundscape is and how it works; we’ll be sharing what we’ve learnt from our first year since release and how people are using it every day in a variety of different ways.  Presenter: Amos Miller, Product Strategist, Microsoft NExT Enable Team, Seattle WA. 
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm IVIE Evening at Marketplace no fee
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitors Reception no fee
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Keys to the Convention no fee
ACB's membership committee invites all first-time conference attendees and anyone wishing a snapshot of activities during convention week. Attend opening general session with the ACB Membership Committee.
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Kids Explorers Club no fee
Meet other kids and our Kids Club leaders
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ACB General Session no fee
10:00 pm - 12:00 am RSVA / IVIE Mixer (in RSVA Pkg) $20 ($25)
Join RSVA & IVIE for fun and refreshments. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, July 7

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Kids Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Field trip, breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
7:00 am - 8:15 am AFB Breakfast $15 ($17)
AFB cordially invites you to attend its annual breakfast meeting. (Limit 150)
7:30 am - 10:30 am ACB Marketplace no fee
8:30 am - 12:00 pm ACB General Session no fee
11:00 am - 5:00 pm ACB Exhibit Hall is open no fee
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm GDUI: Help Your Dog Adjust to Convention Life no fee

First convention? Back after a long time? This is for you. Get tips on dealing with the relief areas, other guide teams, canes, finding help, and conquering convention chaos!

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm RSVA Awards Luncheon (in RSVA Pkg) $35 ($40)

Celebrate fifty years of acheivement and advocacy.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MCAC Luncheon: "Strength in Diversity" $30 ($32)

A living history presentation by AKWAABA, Rochester residents who are accomplished educators, social workers, and healthcare professionals. Focus on Frederick Douglas and the Underground Railroad, including historical figures Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman and a person heading to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

12:15 pm - 8:15 pm Leroy NY Jell-O Gallery, Leroy House, Museum of Transportation $50 ($54)

JELL-O GALLERY: Discover the intriguing story of Jell-O America's most famous dessert invented in 1897. Why did the inventor sell his rights to Jell-O and who bought the rights and made millions of dollars? What happened to the Jell-O factory in LeRoy? What do brain waves and Jell-O have in common? There is also a great gift shop with lots of Jell-O branded items and memorabilia.

LEROY HOUSE: This is the home of the founders of LeRoy NY. You will find out why they came from New York City and settled here. Displays include an 1830's open hearth kitchen, a 1930's kitchen, land office sitting rooms and the LeRoy family bedrooms. It has a large back porch and beautiful gardens.

TRANSPORTATION EXHIBIT (On the Road): The Transportation Exhibit is in the basement of the Jell-O Gallery and houses eleven vehicles. The exhibit starts with an ox cart and finishes with a 1908 Cadillac that was driven by a woman in LeRoy. You will also have the opportunity to see and touch sleighs and horse drawn carriages. The tour does not include lunch, grab a bite from the ACB Café before boarding the bus. We will stop for dinner on the way back to the hotel.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm AABT: "Notetakers- Choosing the Right One" $10 ($12)

A discussion of notetakers, their features, and which one is right for you.

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm AAVIA Program no fee
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm ACBS Speed Networking no fee
A swift meet and greet with the best of ACB! We want to introduce you to friends old and mentors new.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm CCLVI Low Vision Vendor Showcase no fee
Come see what is new as exhibitors demonstrate the latest in low vision technological advances.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm FIA: "How the Pro's Mix Music" $5 ($7)

This interactive workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to have some fun mixing tracks of a familiar song using accessible hardware and software. Presenter: Derek Lane, Audio Engineer, Morganton, NC.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm GDUI Hotel Orientation no fee
Learning the hotel layout will reduce stress. Hotel orientation provided by guide dog school staff and trained volunteers. (Please note: For guide dog users only)
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm LUA Program no fee
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm MCAC Candidates Forum no fee
MCAC is extending invitations to all persons seeking election in 2019 to participate in a candidate's forum. As the leadership of ACB will change, this is an opportunity to hear firsthand their goals and plans for the future of the organization.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Initiatives and Issues at NLS no fee

CEC Portion of LUA Program (1:15 PM to 4:00 PM).

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm ACBS: "Is it a Braille Display or is it a Notetaker" no fee

Learn all about the latest in braille display technology. Bring your questions for the question and answer time to follow the presentation. Cosponsored by ACBS and BITS.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm VR, Self Employment and You $6 ($8)

There are several ways of working with your Vocational Rehabilitation agency to start your business, whether it is running a food service facility or starting your own business from scratch. This panel will discuss multiple resources for pursuing your dream. Co-sponsored by Rehabilitation Issues Task Force, BPI, IVIE, RSVA.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm FIA Showcase Audition and Rehersal no fee

Visit the FIA suite to sign up and rehearse your number for the FIA showcase.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm GDUI Board Meeting no fee
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm My Life and Career as a Blind Attorney no fee

CEC Portion of AAVIA Program (1:15 PM to 5:30 PM).

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Books, Libraries, and Games no fee

CEC Portion of LUA Program (1:15 PM to 4:00 PM).

4:15 pm - 6:30 pm BPI Business Meeting and Caucus no fee
Bring your ideas to the table as we look to the future. Participate in BPI's election process.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm GDUI Meet and Greet the Board no fee
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm IAC: I Hate Typing on Slippery Glass! $5 ($7)

Sponsored by IAC, this session is intended to help Voiceover users take the frustration out of inputting text on their iPhones and iPads. Based on Judy Dixon's recent bestselling book, "Writing Your Way: Composing and Editing on an iPhone or iPad", Judy will discuss and demonstrate numerous ways of inputting text -- some using the iPhone itself and some using external hardware. Expect to add to the conversation.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Leadership Institute: Leading the Way to a Success Filled Future $6 ($8)

Is your affiliate shrinking? Are you tired of the same old conversations about increasing membership, raising more money, and advocating for more services? This session will focus on how to set and meet attainable goals.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm The Real Power Behind Free Aira Access and Other Offers no fee

Join Aira Chief Experience Officer Amy Bernal and VP of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives Paul Schroeder, in discussing the impact that Aira Access is making in daily lives. Learn how you can use Aira Access to do more every day and how you can help bring Aira Access to your community to level the playing field for all. You will also hear about Aira’s upcoming promotions, along with the power behind the new free trial, open to anyone who uses Aira for free.

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm Microsoft Soundscape Focus Group no fee
Come meet the product team and share your feedback.  Soundscape can be considered a map that is delivered in 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings.  More importantly, Soundscape allows you to do these activities on your own terms.  This session is designed to allow us to hear from our users, discuss the feedback in detail while sharing our own insights and learnings from the past year.  In particular, we’d love to hear about your impressions of Soundscape, your motivations behind how and why you use it in the way you do; and, at the same time, we’ll go over some of our key features such as wayfinding, running Soundscape in the background to enhance ambient awareness, placing markers that are personal to you, and having fun through developing the superpower to know where any place in the world is in relation to you.  To register for the focus group, please email soundscapefeed@microsoft.com with your name and preferred session time.
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Catholic Mass no fee
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC! $7 ($10)

A panel discussion of what is available through the Music Section of NLS and others. We will also explore what recorded music offerings are available from the Library of Congress archives, and how to access it; music software that is accessible; and learn about the current state of braille music notation. Joint session with LUA, FIA, BRL, and IAC.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Nominating Committee no fee
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm HumanWare: BrailleNote Touch + / Brailliant BI 14 no fee

The BrailleNote Touch + running Android 8.1 is the most modern note taker on the market today. It is the first and only Google-certified Braille tablet that blends powerful and intuitive apps for managing, accessing and creating information from KeySoft with millions of apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Join us as we review some of the many features and enhancements optimized for a braille user, the exciting new Easy Reader +, or the ability to run modern apps such as Sling TV or SiriusXM. We will also have the opportunity to discuss the Brailliant BI 14. Time will be set aside for your questions and feedback.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm BITS Banquet (in BITS Pkg) $40 ($40)
Cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CCLVI Anniversary Party no fee
Join CCLVI for our 40th anniversary celebration with all of the party fixing's including a cake and a cash bar. Test your knowledge at pre-game night trivia.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GDUI Live Auction no fee
Check out all the cool, interesting, yummy, fun, and unique items that will cross the auction block! Cash bar available at 6:45. Auction preview begins at 3:30.
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm FIA: Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired $6 ($8)

Presenter: Marty Klein, blinded veteran, author and long-time yoga practitioner. Learn how to improve body alignment and strength, increase breath awareness, enhance emotional stability, and quiet the mind through simple ancient yoga exercises. Participate in basic movement and breathing exercises, and learn some simple chanting. A CD collection produced by Mr. Klein describing these practices will be available for purchase.

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Gospel Sing no fee
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm HumanWare: What's new with Victor- A Trek / Stream Discussion. no fee

Success of the Victor Reader Trek and Stream marches on into 2019! Join the HumanWare team at the annual Stream User Forum. Share stories and tips on downloading and playing back books and periodicals from favorite websites. Learn what is new with both the Stream and Trek. We will also set aside time for live demonstrations of features as well as time for your questions.

7:15 pm - 9:15 pm Microsoft Soundscape Focus Group no fee
Come meet the product team and share your feedback.  Soundscape can be considered a map that is delivered in 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings.  More importantly, Soundscape allows you to do these activities on your own terms.  This session is designed to allow us to hear from our users, discuss the feedback in detail while sharing our own insights and learnings from the past year.  In particular, we’d love to hear about your impressions of Soundscape, your motivations behind how and why you use it in the way you do; and, at the same time, we’ll go over some of our key features such as wayfinding, running Soundscape in the background to enhance ambient awareness, placing markers that are personal to you, and having fun through developing the superpower to know where any place in the world is in relation to you.  To register for the focus group, please email soundscapefeed@microsoft.com with your name and preferred session time.
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm RSVA Comedy Night (in RSVA Pkg) $15 ($20)
Laugh with Comedian Bill Boronkay
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm BPI Mixer: Welcome to the ROC! $12 ($15)

Exiting as always! Full of surprises as usual. Join BPI's famous mixer as we welome members and allies to Rochester.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CCLVI Game Night (in CCLVI Pkg) $15 ($20)
After a busy day of information and networking, unwind and have some fun with general trivia through the decades. Cash bar available.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Get Social with SASI $13 ($15)
Meet people who share your issues and learn ways to communicate in a relaxed setting.
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm FIA Prose and Poetry Reading $6 ($8)

Writers read their original works to a receptive audience. Moderator: Carla Hayes. Sponsored by FIA.

9:00 pm - 12:00 pm RSVA Karaoke (in RSVA Pkg) $15 ($20)
Show your talent with RSVA Karaoke!

Monday, July 8

6:45 am - 8:15 am GDUI Morning Bark no fee
Walk to a nearby restaurant for breakfast.
7:00 am - 8:15 am ACB Families: "Telling Tales at the Table" $23 ($28)

Every family has a story. Heroes, heroines, saints and villains; they're all there, along with storylines and plots that twist and turn over the years, decades, and centuries, across countries and continents, in ships and on horseback. The key is how to take the cryptic notes from the family Bible and the news clippings in the library archives, the birth and death announcements in yellowed newspapers stored on microfiche, and all the rest and turn it into the story it truly is. At this year's ACB Families Breakfast, ACBF president, Carla Ruschival, will share advice, tips and tricks for turning your family's facts into a sweeping story that will keep your Thanksgiving guests silent and spellbound—which is great when you want to hear the football game.

7:00 am - 8:15 am BRL International Breakfast $30 ($35)

Learn how our brothers and sisters from around the world benefit by using, reading and writing braille. Our featured speaker will be Fred Schroeder, President of the World Blind Union and former RSA Commissioner, who will be able to share initiatives being taken to advance the interests of braille around the world.

7:00 am - 8:15 am Guide Dogs for the Blind Breakfast no fee
GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle welcome.
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Kids Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Field trip, breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
7:30 am - 8:30 am GDUI Hotel Orientation no fee
Learning the hotel layout will reduce stress. Hotel orientation provided by guide dog school staff and trained volunteers. (Please note: For guide dog users only)
7:30 am - 10:30 am ACB Marketplace no fee
8:30 am - 12:00 pm ACB General Session no fee
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Corning Museum of Glass and Gugini Cafe no fee

(This tour will require a lot of walking, the gallery is quite large, very echoey and open. You must be able to keep up with the group, there is no seating.) Gift shops. Dinner and cheese making included. The tour does not include lunch. Grab a bite from the ACB Café before boarding the bus.

11:00 am - 5:00 pm ACB Exhibit Hall is open no fee
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm AAVL Luncheon $30 ($33)

"Upping Our Game for Services to seniors with Vision Loss." The number of seniors with vision loss is dramatically increasing. We're fighting hard to maintain level funding while funding levels for other senior programs increase. Long-time blindness community advocate Mark Reichert, will address the issue of how we can make our advocacy efforts more successful.

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm CCLVI Luncheon (in CCLVI Pkg) $36 ($38)

Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal discuss the importance of advocating for the inclusion of low vision devices as well as diabetic equipment being covered under Medicare.

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm FIA and VIVA Luncheon and Special Movie Presentation $32 ($32)

Speaker, Marty Klein, Blind Veteran, author, and producer of the new documentary Why Can We Serve; inspiring speaker, and a special movie matinee. Blind since 1974, Marty will describe the creative process behind this documentary aimed at preventing suicide among veterans and promoting opportunities for people with disabilities. His audio described film will be shown following the luncheon and Marty will be available afterward for questions and discussion.

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm Voices from Around the World Luncheon: "Passport to New Cultures" $30 ($35)

Join us as we welcome our international guests and discover the key to nonverbal cultural cues! Have you ever traveled abroad and wondered whether to hug or shake hands, kiss once or twice on the cheek. A panel will discuss cultural differences to help you in your travels.

12:15 pm - 6:15 pm Strong Museum of Play $90 ($94)

(This tour involves a lot of walking with minimal places to sit.) Exclusive, hands-on tour of the only museum in the world dedicated to the study of play, and home to the world's largest collection of toys, dolls, games, and video games. Break off into guided groups to explore The Strong - from the world's largest pop-up story book, where you can try to pull King Arthur's sword from the stone or spin the wheel on a whaling boat, to a superhero exhibit where you can try on capes, play a memory game, and be zapped with super strength. Spend 30-minutes in the museum's indoor butterfly garden and get up close to the animals that call it home along with special, tactile encounters hosted by the museum's biologist. After, participate in a hands-on experience with toys from the museum's National Toy Hall of Fame that is led by Chief Curator Chris Bensch, a frequent guest on Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum series. The five-hour experience includes five game tokens to the museum's arcade and pinball exhibits, a ride on the museum's carousel, and a 20% discount in the museum's shop. (The shop will be open exclusively to members of the American Council of the Blind from 5 to 6 pm.) Lunch will be included in this tour.

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm Employment Discrimination Mock Trial $6 ($8)

Hear the facts and issues, beginning with inaccessible technology and leading to discord between the blind employee and the supervisor. See how such a case would be handled in a courtroom. This realistic simulation will provide you with new insights about employment and court proceedings. Sponsored by AAVIA.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm AAVL Program: "Innovations in Services to Seniors with Vision Loss." no fee

A panel discussion on new service delivery approaches to meet the complex needs of seniors suffering recent vision loss. Serving this rapidly growing population with the limited resources available is a major challenge and sharing success stories is extremely useful to improve service delivery nationwide.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm ACBS Business Meeting no fee
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BPI: It's All About Kombucha! $12 ($15)

Living Wellness and Yoga will explain what kombucha is as well as the history and benefits of this ancient beverage. We will then discuss the process of how to make this tasty and healthy beverage for yourself!

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm BRL Program and Business Meeting no fee
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Two Amazing Devices Compared: the BRAILLE Me and the Orbit Reader no fee

CEC Portion of BRL Program (1:15 PM to 4:00 PM).

1:15 pm - 7:00 pm GDUI Program no fee
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm RSVA Program no fee
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Distance Training and Upward Mobility no fee

CEC Portion of RSVA Program (1:15 PM to 5:30 PM).

1:15 pm - 4:45 pm Sweet Tooth Tour, Laughing Gull Chocolates $40 ($44)

This is more than a candy tour. Make your own truffles, enjoy a cheese and cracker plate, learn about chocolate making including samples. Gift shop.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm BPI- Yoga for Warriors $12 ($15)

This trauma-sensitive yoga workshop/class can be a healing resource for anyone effected by trauma, anxiety, depression or chronic stress through the breath and gentle movement.  Yoga can help us to reestablish a connection to the body, cultivate self-awareness, increase emotional and physical resiliency and become more present in our daily lives.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm CCLVI: "Smart Houses" (in CCLVI Pkg) $8 ($10)

Have you ever imagined what life would be like in the future? It's 2019 and we are living in a world full of technology. Get ready to learn how to make your home more efficient with innovative devices, and explore how they can make life easier for you. Discover a world you can control with voice commands and smartphone apps. Co-sponsored by CCLVI and Next Generation.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm FIA Writers Workshop $6 ($8)

Annie Chiapeta, author and poet and Dr. Herbert Guggenheim, author and poet. This lively, interactive workshop will explore elements of creative writing. Learn basic exercises for creating action, building tension, and generating emotion in fiction, poetry and drama.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm SASI: How the Helen Keller National Center for Deafblind Youth and Adults Can Help Me as a Deafblind Person $6 ($8)

Bryan Ward of HKNC will provide an overview on services available through HKNC to people who are deafblind; as well as to professionals working in the field of deaf blindness. Co-sponsored by SASI and Rehabilitation Issues Task Force.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm For the White Wine Lover (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)
Sparkling to woody; dry to sweet! A Wine Consultant led tasting will give 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive, artisan white wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Games with Ralph $7 ($10)

Use braille to play a number of games; prizes will be awarded. See how good you are at braille, word and quick thinking.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm "Now You Can Just be Friends with Your Friends" $5 ($7)

Sponsored by IAC, this session will take a look at apps that enable blind persons to get visual assistance using their iPhones. Some of the apps use the phone itself and others connect the blind person to sighted humans who provide assistance through the use of the iPhone's camera. Expect to add to the conversation.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm SASI: Cochlear Implants: One Persons Experience no fee

Are you someone who has a combined vision and hearing loss and you are thinking about a cochlear implant? If so, or if you know someone who is; come hear from Phil Jones, ACB member from Georgia, about his experience with the process from evaluation to implant to activation and learning to hear with the processor. Also recommended for professionals who work with those who are DeafBlind. There will be time for questions and answers. Sponosred by SASI.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Women and Horses: Confidence, Love and Power $6 ($8)

Susan Glass and Suzanne Ament share stories about their riding experiences and the special relationships that can grow between horses and persons with disabilities. Sponsored by WCC.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Mixed Monday Wine Tasting (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)
Reds & Whites; Best of Both Worlds. A Wine Consultant led wine tasting will give up to 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive artisan wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Accessing Graphics a New Way: Exploring the World with Midlina no fee

CEC Portion of GDUI Program (1:15 PM to 7:00 PM).

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm PM Yoga with Leslie Spoone no fee

Relax and Breathe! Join us for the calm and balance you'll need for a busy convention week. Sponsored by WCC and Recreation Zone.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm ACB Scholarship Winners' Reception no fee
Each affiliate is invited to send two representatives to meet the 2019 scholarship winners.
6:45 pm - 12:00 am Batavia Downs Casino (in RSVA pkg) $30 ($34)

Join RSVA for an evening of fun at the Casino. All are welcome.

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm ACBF Bingo - It's a Families Tradition! $7 ($10)
Braille cards, large print cards, and lots of great prizes! Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring the kids - fun for all ages!
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm ACB Students and BPI: Story Slam! no fee
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm FIA Showcase for the Performing Arts $12 ($15)
Enjoy quality entertainment from talented ACB members as they tell their stories or sing their songs. This year we will pay special tribute to the late John Dashney, lifetime ACB member and storyteller extraordinaire. Relax with a drink from the cash bar as you enjoy the show!

Tuesday, July 9

6:45 am - 8:15 am GDUI Morning Bark no fee
Walk to a nearby restaurant for breakfast.
7:00 am - 8:30 am NIB Breakfast $10 ($15)

Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about challenges and opportunities related to its work to provide employment for people who are blind.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Kids Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Field trip, breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
7:30 am - 10:30 am ACB Marketplace no fee
8:30 am - 12:00 pm ACB General Session no fee
11:00 am - 5:00 pm ACB Exhibit Hall is open no fee
10:45 am - 6:00 pm Adult Beverage Tour $135 ($139)
You MUST have your ID with you - you can't board the bus without it! If you enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer or a variety of spirits join ACB for this one of a kind tour. Designed especially for the American Council of the Blind by Crush Beer & Wine Tours as we visit 4 different venues: The Genesee Brew House, The Casa Larga Winery, the Black Button Distillery and the Rohrbach Brewing Company. Lunch at the Genesee Brew House.
12:15 pm - 5:30 pm AAVIA Lunch and Program $33 ($36)
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ACBDA Lunch $25 ($28)

Enjoy fried chicken and beging the day getting to know other blind or low-vision people who either have diabetes or support someone with diabetes.

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm IVIE Luncheon: "Making Tax Information Less Taxing For Business Owners" $27 ($29)

A representative from H&R Block will speak to us about recent changes to the tax code that effect entrepreneurs and other important tax information that business owners need to know. Business meeting will immediately follow this program.

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Susan B Anthony $23 ($27)

Susan B. Anthony was famous for saying "agitate, organize, educate." Come learn how she agitated those in power, organized those who wanted equality, and educated the masses about the importance of women's rights. Stand in the front parlor where Susan B. Anthony was arrested for the crime of "voting as a woman," and hear the stories of her partnerships with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass. Tour the bedrooms belonging to Susan, her sister Mary Stanford Anthony, and their mother. There will be time for shopping in the gift shop. Feel the walls where history happened and leave inspired to keep working for equal rights for all.

The tour does not include lunch. Have lunch at the ACB Cafe prior to boarding the bus as there will not be enough time to eat on the bus.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm ACBDA Seminar and Business Meeting $8 ($10)

Do you have questions about the Libre, a glucometer that is accessible to blind and low vision people or wonder if it is something that will work for you. Learn more about the Libre from a panel of knowledgable ACB members.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm The Freestyle Libre no fee

CEC Portion of ACBDA Program (1:15 PM to 4:00PM).

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BPI: Becoming Your Own Beacon no fee

Certified Life Coach, Gabriel Lopez Kafati will facilitate this empowering WRAP session.   Join in the discussion around the importance of looking for answers from within, whether LGBT, or straight, sighted or vision-impaired.  This session is for you!  Join us in this path of no-judgement where you will be motivated and empowered to become your own beacon in life.

1:15 pm - 5:00 pm CCLVI Business Meeting no fee
Including elections and resoutions.
1:15 pm - 7:00 pm GDUI Program no fee
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm LUA / BRL / AABT / FIA / IAC Program no fee
1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Memorial Art Gallery $17 ($21)

The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is Rochester's art museum with a distinguished collection that spans 5,000 years of world art. Guided by individuals in our community who are blind, MAG has developed programs that welcome individuals to touch selected sculpture as well as listen to verbal descriptions of major works of art in the collection. A short concert on the museum's rare 18th century Baroque organ is included.

The tour does not include lunch. Have lunch at the ACB Café prior to boarding the bus as there will not be enough time to eat on the bus.

1:45 pm - 4:00 pm The ABLE Act no fee

A discussion of the ABLE Act, with particular emphasis on its potential as a savings vehicle for employed people.

Presenter: James R. Sheldon, Managing Attorney (ret), Neighborhood Legal Services, Buffalo, NY

 

 

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm BPI: Consent in the Age of "Me, Too!" no fee

Go beyond the definition of consent in the abstract and learn how permission applies to women, men, disabled and everyone in between. Join Laura Miller as she guides the discussion and makes us think outside the box when it comes to our daily relationships in work and at play.

2:45 pm - 5:30 pm IVIE Business Expo no fee
Blind and visually impaired business owners showcase their products and answer your questions.
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm LUA Program no fee

CEC Portion of LUA Program (1:15 PM to 4:00 PM).

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Audio Description Project Workshop: "News From Those in the Know!" $6 ($8)
Hear about new services, equipment, and innovations from major providers and streaming services.
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm AAVL Mixer $12 ($15)
Join AAVL members and friends, as we relax from the stress of convention with food, libation and friendship.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm ACBDA Mixer $15 ($18)
Join us at our mixer; meet up with old friends and make new friends. We will have diabetic friendly food, and hold our 50/50 Raffle drawing.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm For the Red Wine Lover (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)
Lite to oaky; fruity to tannic! A Wine Consultant led tasting will give up to 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive artisan red wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Stop! Look! Listen! Pedestrian Safety no fee

CEC Portion of GDUI Program (1:15 PM to 7:00 PM).

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Audio Description Project Workshop: "AD-Making it Work for You!" $6 ($8)
Advocacy updates: audio description in the performing arts, museums, parks, in education, and ACB's new certification initiative.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Microsoft- What's New in Windows Narrator no fee

Come hear about Narrator’s new home, quick start guide, improved reading, improved responsiveness, along with a sneak peek at what is coming for summer insiders, and more.

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm MCAC Mid-week Social $18 ($20)
Relax with MCAC for fun, food, music, door prizes and take home a Memento from Rochester!
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm ACB Government Employees Mixer $15 ($18)
Food and fun with ACBGE!
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Toast Tuesday Wine Tasting (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)
Reds & Whites; Best of Both Worlds. A Wine Consultant led wine tasting will give up to 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive artisan wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Top Ten Technology Treasures no fee

CEC Portion of GDUI Program (1:15 PM to 7:00 PM).

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm 1Touch Self-Defense (Women only session) $15 ($15)

Learn basic releases from non-threatening situations to handlingsevere assaults. Basic education on personal safety. Pre-requisite: must have attended beginner class.

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm "ACB Picture Perfect Auction" no fee
Have a meal, find a bargain, and support ACB! From trips to technology, from games to goodies, from bracelets to blankets, and much, much, more! Auction item preview begins at 6 PM and bidding at 7 PM. A bidder number is required to participate and can be obtained either through pre-registration or at the door. Also, for those not attending the ACB Conference and Convention, you can become a virtual bidder by pre-registering to obtain a bidder number and complying with the virtual bidder process. Stay tune for more information about this process!
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Introduction to 1Touch Self-Defense (Beginner session) $15 ($15)
Learn basic releases from non-threatening situations to handling severe assaults. Basic education on personal safety.
10:00 pm - 12:00 am Dare to Share (BPI Suite) no fee

The night falls; secret conversations arise! Share a daring story. Listen to adult jokes. This intimate space will seat a max of 30 guests. Crazy door prizes!

Wednesday, July 10

6:45 am - 8:15 am GDUI Morning Bark no fee

Walk to a nearby restaurant for breakfast.

7:00 am - 8:15 am WCC: Sister Power Breakfast $25 ($28)
Our popular annual event will feature two dynamic and inspiring women of ACB: Cathy Schmidt Whitaker and Sara Conrad.
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Kids Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Field trip, breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
7:30 am - 10:30 am ACB Marketplace no fee
8:30 am - 12:00 pm ACB General Session no fee
9:00 am - 1:00 pm ACB Exhibit Hall is open no fee
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Audio Description Institute $495 ($495)

Interactive sessions to build skills for the audio describer; use of audio description for consumers. Experienced users of description will provide perspective on audio description in a range of formats. Lunch on day 3 only.  Select this session to register for all three days.

11:00 am - 5:00 pm NY School for the Blind $39 ($43)

Visit the building, meet staff and students and enjoy lunch.

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm ACB Government Employees Lunch & Meeting $33 ($36)
Presenter: Joanne McIntyre, Human Resource Specialist. Business meeting to follow.
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm ACB Lions Lunch / Reverse Visit $35 ($38)
Meet Lions from Rochester and discover how blind Lions are making a difference all across America. Open to active Lions, former Lions, and anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Lion.
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm GDUI Lunch and Awards Presentation $32 ($34)
Our Quest to Conquer Katahdin, the Appalachian Trail's End. Speaker: Lynn Merrill
12:30 pm - 5:15 pm George Eastman House $23 ($27)

NO visit to Rochester is complete without a visit to the George Eastman Museum. ACB will be given a guided tour of the Kodak founder's 50-room Colonial Revival mansion on a 12.5 acre estate in the city, often described as an ""American Castle."" The historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully restored landscape transport visitors to the 1900s.

You will learn about Eastman's entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments as well as his personal interests and philanthropy.

The George Eastman Museum is also a museum of photography and cinema. During our visit we'll have a guided tour of the special exhibit ""The Art of Warner Brothers"" exhibit. Learn how your favorite Warner Brother cartoons were created: Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Tweety Pie. As a part of this tour we will also be treated to a concert performed on George Eastman's pipe organ.

The tour does not include lunch. Have lunch at the ACB Café prior to boarding the bus as there will not be enough time to eat on the bus.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm LGBT Digital no fee

During this exciting workshop we will navigate around the most popular LGBT apps.  Learn about and share the trendiest apps for the LGBT community from dating to events, health information and more.  We will cover practicle uses, etiquette and of course accessibility.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm ACBRA Program and Business Meeting no fee
If you are a licensed radio amateur, or if you are interested in amateur radio, ACBRA is definitely for you. It is a fun hobby, and we are reaching out to all persons, especially younger people who are licensed hams or who are interested in pursuing this rewarding pastime. Besides conducting organizational business, we hope to be voting on a new Constitution as well as offering a program related to amateur radio. Stay tuned for details! We also will be conducting a raffle of an HT radio at $5.00 per ticket, but you must hold an active amateur radio license to participate.
1:15 pm - 4:45 pm Sweet Tooth Tour, Laughing Gull Chocolates $40 ($44)

This is more than a candy tour. Make your own truffles, enjoy a cheese and cracker plate, learn about chocolate making including samples. Gift shop.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BOP Workshop: "Highways, Byways and Back Alleys: Transporting Your Readers to Your Message" $6 ($8)

No one size fits all readers - Some like print, others braille, still others digital cartridge, email and podcasts. At the 2019 BOP Writer's Workshop, BOP members Deb Cook Lewis and Susan Glass will describe the many-pronged approach the BOP has taken for ensuring that there is a format for every Braille Forum and E-Forum reader. They will also share ideas that individuals and affiliates can use for making local newsletters and other materials available in audio, digital and other formats. This will be a hands-on workshop where you can transform the BOP's lessons into practical strategies you can use to increase the scope and reach of your own publications.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm Grassroots Advocacy Bootcamp: The Three Branches of the Government $6 ($8)

When do you use one branch over the other and how do they work? In the U.S., we have three distinct branches of the government. How do advocates use these separate entities to advocate for the rights of blind and visually impaired Americans? This hands-on workshop is led by Clark Rachfal, ACB's Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, and Claire Stanley, ACB's Advocacy & Outreach specialist.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm BPI: Yoga with a Vision $12 ($15)
Nicole DeVieere who teaches Crishti Yoga will share with us how that Drishti is our inner sight, our outward gaze, what we choose to focus on in life. This practice is for everyone and it is based on alighment. We will learn how to align our bodies and how to translate this alignment to our daily lives.
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security $6 ($8)

It's easier said than done! It's not as simple as finding a job and getting it. We all know the system makes it easier to depend on it than to break free from it. A panel will help you answer important questions, such as: How do I go about saving money in a system that doesn't let me save and what are my rights as I navigate social security policies? Sponsored by the Employment Committee.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm 2019 Membership Seminar no fee
Building membership through outreach and communication. Panel 1: "How does using member incentives increase your membership?" Panel 2: "How can you get your members actively involved in your activities?"
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm RDC Workshop: "Fundraising that Works" $6 ($8)
Share successful fundraising ideas and learn about convention sponsorships, direct mail campaigns and event planning. Remember, events work well when there is fun in fundraising.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Affiliates Presidents Meeting no fee
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Wino Wednesday Wine Tasting (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)
Reds & Whites; Best of Both Worlds. A Wine Consultant led wine tasting will give up to 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive artisan wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Microsoft- Magnifier and Low Vision Improvements within Windows 10 no fee

Come see and hear about a new Magnifier mouse mode, text that is easier to see, a mouse pointer that is larger and more colorful, along with a sneak peek at what is coming for summer insiders, and more.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm DKM Reception $15 ($18)
Step into the "Field of Dreams" and get sporty with DKM First-Timers of 2019! Show up to the DKM First-Timers Reception while sporting attire that represents your favorite sports team and you could be one of the honorees of the evening. Meet the 2019 Class of DKM First-Timers and former awardees as you enjoy refreshments, prizes and fun.
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Wino Wednesday Wine Tasting Part 2 (BPI Suite) $20 ($20)

Reds & Whites; Best of Both Worlds. A Wine Consultant led wine tasting will give up to 20 guests an opportunity to learn about, experience and order exclusive artisan wines handcrafted and available nowhere else.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm FIA Rounds and Harmony no fee

Sing away the stress of the convention by learning fun and simple rounds.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Bookshare Office Hours at ACB! no fee

The latest Bookshare updates and answers to your Bookshare questions.

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm Introduction to 1Touch Self-Defense (Women only session) $15 ($15)
Geared to the special needs of women. Learn basic releases from non-threatening situations to handling severe assaults. Basic education on personal safety.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friends of Bill W. no fee
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm ACB Students Trivia Night (in ACBS pkg) $12 ($15)

So you think you're smarter than a fifth grader or have ambitions to appear on Jeopardy? Then create a team (or allow us to do it for you) and join ACBS and ACB Next Generation for brain busting questions, friends and refreshments, and an exciting raffle!

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm ACB Candidates Town Hall Meeting no fee
Come and meet the candidates for 2019 office.
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Audio Described Film: "Green Book" $7 ($10)
"Green Book" is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by Jamaican-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian-American bouncer Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 1Touch Self-Defense (Advanced session) $15 ($15)

Learn basic releases from non-threatening situations to handlingsevere assaults. Basic education on personal safety. Pre-requisite: must have attended beginner class.

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm ACB Lions Millys Place $15 ($18)
A roaring good time and light refreshments at this ACB convention tradition! Meet fellow Lions from across the country; share news from your local Club. Former Lions and anyone wanting to know more about becoming a Lion also welcome.
9:15 pm - 10:45 pm ACB Students Comedy Night (in ACBS Pkg) $15 ($20)
Join ACBS as we close another fun-filled convention week with a night of laughs - cash bar available. Pre-registration gets you an automatic entry into the drawing for our grand prize!
10:00 pm - 12:00 am BPI: Last Call no fee
Help us say goodbye to Rochester and wish our incoming board of directors the best for the year ahead.

Thursday, July 11

7:00 am - 8:15 am ACB Life Members Breakfast no fee
You must be an ACB life member to attend.
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Kids Explorers Club $15 ($20)
Field trip, breakfast, lunch, swimming and games.
7:30 am - 10:30 am ACB Marketplace no fee
8:30 am - 1:30 pm ACB General Session no fee
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Audio Description Institute no fee

Interactive sessions to build skills for the audio describer; use of audio description for consumers. Experienced users of description will provide perspective on audio description in a range of formats. Lunch on day 3.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Kids Explorers Club Party no fee
Join your Kids Club friends for a final evening of fun.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ACB Banquet $25 ($28)

Ginny Owens, songwriter and performer is our keynote speaker and entertainer. A multiple award-winning and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, Ginny Owens became a household name when she was named the Gospel Music Association's "New Artist of the Year" in 2000. Her meaningful career now encompasses nearly two decades of music - including 10 full-length recordings, three EPs, a popular Christmas album, number one radio singles, and numerous film and television placements.

Friday, July 12

6:00 am - 9:30 pm Niagara Falls $185 ($189)

Experience the sensation of one of the wonders of the world on this tour of Niagara Falls. Begin your journey through the woodsy peace of Niagara Falls State Park as you head towards the famous Maid of the Mist Boat ride. Head down nearly 200 feet to the base of the Niagara Gorge, and board the classic boat. Hear the roar of over 600,000 gallons of water per second descend around you in the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. Experience the power of water and wind that makes Niagara so famous as you get up close and personal with the wall of water.

Return to the serene park and arrive at the Niagara Visitor Center to experience "Legends of Niagara." This immersive film experience allows you to take in accounts of the darede vils of Niagara and allows you to feel what it is like to brave mighty Niagara from the safety of your theater seat. During your tour, learn all about the history and scenic wonder of Niagara Falls as our local expert guides provide thorough commentary throughout your journey.

As you enjoy lunch in the park, experience the truly international hub that is Niagara, as tourists from all over the world come to visit the Falls. You'll also hear the sounds of nature, especially nesting gulls in this Audubon designated important bird area.

Finally, head over to the Cave of the Winds. Learn about the history of the Niagara Reservation at the newly-constructed "The World Changed Here" pavilion, before heading down to the classic wooden platforms at the base of the American and Bridal Veil Falls. Feel the power of water as you stand mere feet from the base of the Falls, and the appropriately named "Hurricane Deck."

Box breakfast. Lunch and dinner provided- select the combination of luch and dinner options below.

Rubber shoes in mens and womens sizes must be worn.  Select from sizes listed below.  For half sizes, move up to the next whole size.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Audio Description Institute no fee

Interactive sessions to build skills for the audio describer; use of audio description for consumers. Experienced users of description will provide perspective on audio description in a range of formats. Lunch on day 3.