2022 AZCB Convention Program

Friday and Saturday Sessions:

Arizona Secretary of State

ACB Legislative Initiatives

  • Eric Bridges, Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind
  • Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
  • 2022 Legislative Initiatives

Helping Others Help Us

  • Frank Vance, Director of Rehabilitation Services at ACBVI
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Smart home appliances

Employment Access for Veterans and the Blind and Visually Impaired and an Introduction to Smart Cane Technology

Ed Henkler, Founder of The Blind Guide

The Blind Guide focuses on helping people thrive with vision loss, both the people losing their vision and their caregivers. His activities are influenced by his years in the Navy nuclear power program and his mother’s loss of sight to age-related macular degeneration in the early 1990s. He provides a variety of services to people who are blind and with other disabilities and also to veterans and military spouses. 

Part of The Blind Guide’s service offerings is focused on free employment resources which connect job candidates with employers that believe in the business value of employing people with disabilities, veterans, and military spouses. You can learn more here.

The Blind Guide is also involved with novel assistive technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. Please contact me if any of the following intrigue you:

  • GrillEye® Max grilling thermometer – leave a comment at this link to be entered into a giveaway later this year
  • SleepPhones: use TheBlindGuide10 for a 10% discount on orders over $99 of this wonderful earbud alternative
  • WeWALK: use this link to create a “friends & family” style crowdfunding campaign
  • SeeMe Cane: if this cane intrigues you, let me know and I’ll connect you with the founder

Legislative 101 – Advocating in Arizona with Ability 360

Business Meeting Updates:

Rehabilitation Services Administration

  • Dr. Brian Dulude, Regional Program Manager

Arizona Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Danielle Cummings, President, AZ AER

Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

  • Annette Reichman, Superintendent

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Steve Tepper, Executive Director

Direct Center for Independence and Advocacy (Tucson)

  • Reyna Escuin, Lead Independent Living Advocate

Foundation for Blind Children

  • Julie Rock, Manager, Adult and Transition Services

Arizona Talking Book Library

  • Christine Tuttle, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian

ACB National Representative

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