Legislative Weekend 2024

Legislative weekend registration is open! Join us May 18th and 19th at the Hotel Marriott on Wolf Road in Albany, NY! To register, click on the links below.

2024 Scholarship Application Is Open!

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. (ACBNY) is proud to
award a one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship and a five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship to qualified, deserving students.

Click here for more information and to apply!

Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired New Yorkers

As part of an ongoing effort to increase the effectiveness of our website at getting useful content out to our members and visitors, we will be launching a new listing of resource links in the near future. Here is a little taste of that, a guide to Social Security. It is especially timely and useful, given that many in our community are seniors. Thanks to the Western New York chapter for sending this along.

Guide to Social Security

Martin Cahill Interview

Martin Cahill, ACBNY Legislative Chair, was recently interviewed on David Lombardo’s Capitol Pressroom program for WCNY. The topic was electronic ballot return, for which the ACBNY has been advocating as the next step for blind and visually impaired voters in New York.

Click here to check out the full interview.

New PSA Video Highlights Diversity

ACBNY’s Diversity Committee is thrilled to release a PSA starring ACBNY members from various chapters and directed by GNYCB’s Fitz Martin. The goal of the video is to help the organization reach out to a more diverse population while highlighting the many strengths and accomplishments of ACBNY and our chapters. You can watch the video here. Please share widely!

We are hoping chapters and individual members will use this video to help promote the organization and reach a wider cross-section of people with visual impairments in New York. https://youtu.be/yY7nEnHUQB4

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, ACBNY’s Diversity Committee would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of our ACBNY members past and present and how they have contributed to the strength and effectiveness of the organization.

Remembering Dotty Cassell

Ms. Dorothy Cassell, (Dotty) it turns out, was quite well known to members of both the American Council of the Blind of New York, (ACBNY), and Guide Dog Users of New York (GDUNY). Her involvement with blindness and low vision advocacy goes back to the seventy’s. We asked colleagues to remember Dotty;

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Photo of Mr. Terence Page

GNYCB President, Terence Page

We would like to shine the spotlight on one of our members, Mr. Terence Page.

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Photo of Dr. Joe Granderson

Tribute to Dr. Joe Granderson

We would like to pay tribute briefly to Dr. Joseph Granderson. Joe sadly passed away on December 21, 2021, and is deeply missed by all who got to know him.

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2021 Convention Information!

The American Council of the Blind of Western New York (ACBWNY) cordially invites you to attend the 2021 Convention of the American Council of the Blind of New York (ACBNY), which will be held from Friday, October 15 through Sunday October 17, at the Buffalo Airport Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Airport), 4600 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225; 716-634-6969.

Click here for the Convention Letter and Registration

Click here for Convention Sponsorships and Exhibitor Information

2021 Scholarship Application Is Open!

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. (ACBNY) is proud to
award a one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship and a five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship to qualified, deserving students.

Click here for more information and to apply!


The Legislative Agenda for ACBNY has been set for 2021. Please click here to hear all the details on the issues we will be working toward.

ACBNY Convention Podcasts

You can now listen to the recordings from our recent convention! Click below to listen to a session online.

Friday, 10/16/2020 Town Hall
Annual Business Meeting Vendor Messages
Friday, 10/16/2020 Friday 5pm to 7:30pm
Saturday Session 1: GDUES: Annie Chiappetta, Marlene Crimmen  NY Federation of Search and Rescue Teams
Saturday Session 2: NY-CCLVI: Bob Cronin,  president and panel
Saturday Session 3: RSVNY: Alex Meister,  Louise Werner
Saturday Session 4: Affiliates in Action AAVL, Next Gen and ACB Students
Saturday Session Five:  ACBnY Scholarship presentation Scholarship recipient award Ian Foley, Scholarship chair
ACBNY Through the Decades panel  and close of convention

Lawsuit Challenges Inaccessibility of New York State’s Emergency Mass Notification System on Behalf of Blind Individuals

October 14, 2020 – White Plains, NY – Today, Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of blind New Yorkers and the American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. against New York state entities, challenging the inaccessibility of “NY-Alert,” a Mass Notification System intended to warn New Yorkers and visitors of emergencies and other critical information in a timely manner to help save lives. Read the full article here!


New York, NY – In a decision that will remake the streetscape of New York City and improve safety and accessibility for all New Yorkers, a federal court ruled today that New York City’s failure  to provide accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at 96.6 % of its signalized intersections violates the civil rights of people with disabilities. APS are push-button devices attached to crosswalks that convey visual crossing information in audible and vibro-tactile formats accessible to blind, low vision, and Deafblind pedestrians. Read the full release here!

ACBNY Radio Ad!

Check out our latest radio add below, which is featured on the American Council of the Blind website!

ACBNY Sweatshirts Now Available!

ACBNY is excited to offer hoody sweatshirts, available in Black, Navy and Red in sizes ranging from medium through 4X. They say “I Love ACB” on them and Love is in the shape of a heart. Click here to order!

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