The ACB Braille Forum.

The ACB Braille Forum.


Hope you’ll read and share this announcement far and wide!

Hello, leaders, Members and Friends of ACB and Affiliates

The information below my sign-off has already appeared in the most recent issue of “The ACB Braille Forum.”  I am sending it to selected listservs as a way of increasing its visibility and hopefully getting it into the hands of people who could benefit from the information, but who wouldn’t normally see it in ACB’S regular communication media.

You are encouraged to share it with individuals or groups you think might be interested. 

You may direct questions to me at this e-mail address or by telephone at 317-228-0496.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Alliance on Aging & Vision Loss

AAVL Offers 2017 Conference and Convention Stipend

 Those age 55 and older comprise more than half of the vision impaired population, and the number of such seniors is dramatically increasing every year. Thus, it is incumbent upon ACB that the Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss (AAVL), its special-interest affiliate created specifically for that population, be as strong as possible. Toward that effort AAVL is offering a $500 stipend to an individual who has suffered recent vision loss and who will be attending the 2017 conference and convention in Reno.

To be considered for the stipend, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be age 55 or older.
  • You must have been diagnosed as legally blind or experienced significant vision loss within the last five years.
  • You must complete the application below and include a reference letter from your eye care specialist or a community professional who is aware of your vision loss.
  • If you are awarded the stipend, you must register to attend the ACB convention.  The stipend will be applied to reimburse convention expenses when you arrive at the convention.
  • If selected to receive the stipend, you must register to attend all AAVL activities.


Current AAVL members are not eligible to apply.

 Applications should be submitted electronically or printed; handwritten applications will not be accepted.  You may submit your application via e-mail to or mail to AAVL, c/o Oral Miller, 3701 Connecticut Ave. NW Apt. 236, Washington, DC 20008. All applications and reference letters must be received by March 15, 2017 to be considered.

Application for Stipend



Mailing address:

Telephone number:

E-mail address:

Are you a member of ACB?

How did you hear about AAVL?

How do you think you will benefit from participating in AAVL activities?

Were you diagnosed as legally blind or with significant vision loss within the

last 5 years?

How is your vision loss affecting your activities of daily living?

What are your major concerns about your loss of sight?

Give a brief description of your community involvement:

Robert Acosta, President

Helping Hands for the Blind

(818) 998-0044



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