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Reminder: RSVA/ACB preregistration deadline ends June 17, room updates

Ardis
 

Hello everyone,

 On Sunday, June 17th pre-registration will close.  If you have not registered prior to that time you will be unable to register or make any changes to your registration form until you arrive in St. Louis. You will also pay the higher on-site registration fees. Pre-registration saves time and money; if you are pre-registered you can pick up your registration packet Thursday evening, June 28th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM or Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM  and avoid the lines of individuals who have not yet registered. To register online go to

ACBconvention.org

 

If you would like assistance you can register via telephone by calling (800) 866-3242. Select option 0 and leave your name, telephone number, time zone and best time to reach you. For any last minute registrations, if possible please call before 9:00 PM eastern time Sunday evening to ensure that one of our telephone registration cadre can contact you prior to the close of pre-registration.  Once registration closes not even the Minneapolis office can access the pre-registration form. There are some dates during the convention where the hotel is totally sold out and we have exceeded the number of anticipated rooms.  If you have a reservation at Union Station that you find you are unable to use please contact Janet prior to canceling the reservation so she can reassign the room.  Otherwise, the room is lost to ACB. If you are in need of a room and do not have a reservation please let Janet know and she’ll put you on a list and make your reservation as soon as she has a cancelation. This means the 2018 ACB and RSVA CONFERENCE AND Convention will be bigger and better than ever. If you are still looking for a hotel room we do have 2 overflow hotels.  The Hilton Ballpark is offering a room rate of $119 per night. It is just a mile from Union Station.  If you would like a room booked at that hotel please let Janet know. Also the Drury Inn has vacancies beginning July 1st for $109 per night including breakfast and happy hour. The Drury is just a block from Union Station.  For any hotel related issues please contact Janet directly.  Again please do not cancel an existing reservation with Union Station, she will handle that for you. Her info is: Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator, janet.dickelman@...

(651) 428-5059

 

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America® 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

"Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy"

 

RSVA® is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year at the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in St. Louis at the Union Station Hotel. Please send in your awards nominations as soon as possible. RSVA® activities will include the 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon where the featured speaker will be Jennings Randolph Jr. from St. Louis. He is a retired sports entertainer who often travelled with his father to vendor's sites after the Randolph-Sheppard Act was passed in 1936. His father Senator Jennings Randolph was one of the co-sponsors of the landmark bill giving the priority to blind persons to manage food service facilities in federal buildings. This Act soon led to state laws creating miniRandolph-Sheppard Acts giving priority for food service facilities in state and county buildings.

 

The 2018 RSVA® Conference Schedule includes the following events:

  • Friday, June 29: Members only mixer - this year we'll be using a meeting room 9-midnight.
  • Saturday, June 30: RSVA® Board meeting 10 am - 12 pm
  • Saturday, June 30: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Programming 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy

 

1:30 pm "Welcome" Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA President

1:35 pm Roll call of affiliates: Donna Seliger (IA), RSVA Secretary

1:40 pm First reading of Constitutions and Bylaws and Resolutions

1:55 pm "Insights into the Missouri Business Enterprise Program"

Panel 1: Learning from Missouri BEP vendors

Panel 2: Learning from Brenda Manasco (MO), Assistant Supervisor, Missouri Business Enterprise Program

Speakers will outline how the Randolph-Sheppard Program works in Missouri. The following aspects will be highlighted:

How applicants are recruited and trained to be successful

Statistics of the program - number of vendors, number of facilities/satellites, and number of current trainees

How current trends in healthy vending and micromarkets have impacted their program

2:40 pm Thinking outside the box to grow your profits": Moderator Michael Talley (AL), RSVA Convention Committee Member

Vendors will share their latest efforts in improving their business including adding extra services, healthier products, credit card access, micromarket technology, and reaching out to private companies.

3:10 pm Break

3:25 pm "History of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America": Panel

This panel will focus on the national Challenges To Randolph Sheppard from its beginnings to now. Successful accomplishments will be outlined.

4:15 pm "Strategic plan To strengthen RSVA": Moderator Randy Hauth (OR), RSVA Board Member

After providing an overview of the National issues impacting Randolph-Sheppard, this session would develop strategies to solve some of the current issues: threats of Rest Area Commercialization, proposed DOD changes in priority policy, GSA and FDA requirements, current issues and compliance matters including the backlog for Arbitration’s and other RSA matters, as well as the number of Blind entering the Program.

5 pm RSVA nominating committee

  • Saturday June 30: RSVA®/IVIE Mixer 10 pm - 12 am
  • Sunday, July 1: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon - "Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy" 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Jennings Randolph, JR, St. Louis, MO

  • Sunday, July 1: Business meeting 2:45 pm-5:30 pm
  • 7:30 PM 9:00 PM 1st act "Enjoy some laughs with comedian David Graham and RSVA®!"
  • 9:00 PM-12 am 2nd act Show your talent with RSVA® Karaoke!
  • Monday, July 2

RSVA® casino trip

6 pm - 11 pm

Enjoy visiting a St. Louis casino.

 

Registration is open for the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention! The week-long conference takes place June 29 through July 6 at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. During the week, many informative workshops and seminars take place but there are many opportunities to step outside the hotel and have fun. ACB tours depart daily to local attractions, such as Mark Twain’s house, the Blues Museum, St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the St. Louis Arch and many more locations.

 

Visit www.acbconvention.org or call (800) 866-3242 to sign up for conference workshops, buy a raffle ticket in support of the ACB Braille Forum, become a conference and convention individual sponsor, and learn how you can earn ACVREP Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) for select sessions. Preregistration is open now and closes June 15. Go to www.rsva.org to read more convention information under the summer convention link. See you this summer.

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com


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RSVA/ACB conference seeking roommates for the convention

Ardis
 

I received this note from Janet.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 9:26 AM
To: acbconvention@...; leadership@...; acb-l@...
Subject: [leadership] seeking roommates for the convention

 

Hello everyone,

I have one male and one female, both have rooms at Union Station.  If anyone is seeking a roommate please email me

Janet.dickelman@...

 

Or call me at (651) 428-5059.

 

Janet

 

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ACB convention additional hotels

Ardis
 

Hello,
If you have not booked your hotel yet, let me know. The Union Station hotel room block is full but as Janet gets cancellations, she may be able to get you a room there. However, rooms are available in two other hotels. I'll be sending another email blast soon with this info. Otherwise, you can let me know and I'll forward you the info. Thanks.
Ardis Bazyn
Make the Impossible Possible"
For inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com
Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.


Publix Prescription Program

Ardis
 

Forward this to folks who may be using this company. Thanks.
Ardis Bazyn
Make the Impossible Possible"
For inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com
Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Charlson via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2018 11:13 AM
To: Leadership@...
Subject: Re: [leadership] Publix Prescription Program

Hello All,

Please share with members in states where Publix Grocery and Pharmacies are located to provide feedback to ACB on if their accessible prescription label program is working or not. Publix is located in the following
states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Please let us know how it is going for you. If you know others who use Publix and talking labels, please feel free to share this email. In particular:

1. Are you still getting talking labels for your prescription medications?
If not, why not?

2. What is the shortest, longest, and roughly average wait time between requesting prescriptions with talking labels and receiving them?

3. Have you had situations in the past 6 months where you could not get a medication with a talking label because the wait was too long?

4. What is your experience with your local pharmacist - are they helpful?

Thanks for answers to these questions or any other information you want to share about the Publix talking label program. Send responses to Kim Charlson kim.charlson@....
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reminder IVIE Program

Ardis
 

MEET ME IN St.  LOUIS

by Carla Hayes

 

On behalf of the Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs (IVIE), I encourage you to meet me in Saint Louis because IVIE has some exciting activities planned for Convention Week!

 

We kick things off on Saturday evening, June 30th with the Annual RSVA/IVIE Mixer.  This will take place immediately after the ACB Opening General Session.  Join old friends and make new friends from the Randolph Shepherd Vendors of America and IVIE as we share light refreshments, conversation and relaxation.

 

The remaining IVIE activities for Convention Week will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd from 12:15 to 5:45 PM.  We begin at 12:15 with our annual luncheon, program and business meeting.  The title of this year's program will be, "From Employee to Entrepreneur." In this presentation, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of moving from a job to having your own business.  Our program presenter will be Mitch Pomerantz, Independent ADA Consultans/Trainer and a former president of ACB from Pasadina, California.  Our business meeting will follow Mitch's presentation.

 

The IVIE Business Expo will take place from 2:45 to 5:30 PM.  This is where blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions.  The IVIE Expo will also give you the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early because you will doubtless find some unique gifts there.  As always, browsing is free and no ticket will be necessary to be admitted.  However, if you would like to have a booth at the IVIE Business Expo, you must reserve it in advance.  The cost will be $10 for IVIE members and $25 for non-members with the option of applying $15 of this cost towards annual IVIE Dues.  Since IVIE's calendar year runs from July 1st to June 30, this would be an ideal time to pay your dues.  Annual dues for IVIE are only $15.  You can reserve your expo booth and/or pay your annual dues online by visiting IVIE's secure web site  ivie-acb.org.   Alternatively, you can make a check payable to "IVIE," and send it to our president, Ardis Bazyn, 2121 Scott Road, No.  105, Burbank CA 91504.  Please designate whether your check is for annual dues, an expo booth or both.  If you are submitting your dues, be sure to fill out and include the IVIE membership form which can be found on our web site.  You can learn more about IVIE by browsing our web site.  If you have any questions about the IVIE Expo or this year's program offerings at the ACB National Conference and Convention, you may contact Carla Hayes at (724) 941-8184 or by Email at  lengual@....

 

So, will you meet me in St.  Louis? I can't promise you a fancy movie set or autographs from famous actors, but if you make time for IVIE at this year's ACB Conference and Convention in St.  Louis, you will be glad that you did!

 

 

 


reminder RSVA 50th Anniversary convention calendar

Ardis
 

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America® 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy"

 

RSVA® is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year at the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in St. Louis at the Union Station Hotel. RSVA® activities will include the 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon where the featured speaker will be Jennings Randolph Jr. from St. Louis. He is a retired sports entertainer who often travelled with his father to vendor's sites after the Randolph-Sheppard Act was passed in 1936. His father Senator Jennings Randolph was one of the co-sponsors of the landmark bill giving the priority to blind persons to manage food service facilities in federal buildings. This Act soon led to state laws creating miniRandolph-Sheppard Acts giving priority for food service facilities in state and county buildings.

 

The 2018 RSVA® Conference Schedule includes the following events:

·       Friday, June 29: Members only mixer - this year we'll be using a meeting room 9-midnight.

·       Saturday, June 30: RSVA® Board meeting 10 am - 12 pm

·       Saturday, June 30: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Programming 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy

1:30 pm "Welcome" Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA® President

1:35 pm Roll call of affiliates: Donna Seliger (IA), RSVA® Secretary

1:40 pm First reading of Constitutions and Bylaws and Resolutions

1:55 pm "Insights into the Missouri Business Enterprise Program"

Panel 1: Learning from Missouri BEP vendors

Panel 2: Learning from Brenda Manasco (MO), Assistant Supervisor, Missouri Business Enterprise Program

Speakers will outline how the Randolph-Sheppard Program works in Missouri. The following aspects will be highlighted:

How applicants are recruited and trained to be successful

Statistics of the program - number of vendors, number of facilities/satellites, and number of current trainees

How current trends in healthy vending and micromarkets have impacted their program

2:40 pm Thinking outside the box to grow your profits": Moderator Michael Talley (AL), RSVA® Convention Committee Member

Vendors will share their latest efforts in improving their business including adding extra services, healthier products, credit card access, micromarket technology, and reaching out to private companies.

3:10 pm Break

3:25 pm "History of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America": Panel

This panel will focus on the national Challenges To Randolph Sheppard from its beginnings to now. Successful accomplishments will be outlined.

4:15 pm "Strategic plan To strengthen RSVA": Moderator Randy Hauth (OR), RSVA® Board Member

After providing an overview of the National issues impacting Randolph-Sheppard, this session would develop strategies to solve some of the current issues: threats of Rest Area Commercialization, proposed DOD changes in priority policy, GSA and FDA requirements, current issues and compliance matters including the backlog for Arbitration’s and other RSA matters, as well as the number of Blind entering the Program.

5 pm RSVA® nominating committee

 

·       Saturday June 30: RSVA®/IVIE Mixer 10 pm - 12 am

·       Sunday, July 1: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon - "Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy" 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Jennings Randolph, JR, St. Louis, MO

·       Sunday, July 1: Business meeting 2:45 pm-5:30 pm

·       7:30 PM 9:00 PM 1st act "Enjoy some laughs with comedian David Graham and RSVA®!"

·       9:00 PM-12 am 2nd act Show your talent with RSVA® Karaoke!

·       Monday, July 2

RSVA® casino trip

6 pm - 11 pm

Enjoy visiting a St. Louis casino.

 

Registration is open for the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention! The week-long conference takes place June 29 through July 6 at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. During the week, many informative workshops and seminars take place but there are many opportunities to step outside the hotel and have fun. ACB tours depart daily to local attractions, such as Mark Twain’s house, the Blues Museum, St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the St. Louis Arch and many more locations.

 Visit www.acbconvention.org www.acbconvention.org or call (800) 866-3242 to sign up for conference workshops, buy a raffle ticket in support of the ACB Braille Forum, become a conference and convention individual sponsor, and learn how you can earn ACVREP Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) for select sessions. Preregistration is open now and closes June 15. Go to www.rsva.biz to read more convention information under the summer convention link. See you this summer.

 

 

 


overflow rooms for ACB convention

Ardis
 

Hi all, It seems we have another record convention. Please see Janet’s email below:

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 3:15 PM
To: leadership@...; acbconvention@...; acb-l@...
Subject: [leadership] overflow rooms for ACB convention

 

Hello everyone,

 

The Drewery Inn (a block from Union Station hotel) has rooms available for $109 per night.  I know this is higher than Union Station however the room includes complimentary breakfast and happy hours.  Also for those of you who are driving parking at Drewery Inn is $9.00 per day.  Unfortunately they do not have rooms available until Sunday, July 1st.

Please let me know if you are interested.

I need your name, phone number and arrival and departure dates.  If you have an existing reservation with Union Station do not cancel it with the hotel.  Let me know and I’ll assign the room to someone else.  Again please please please do not cancel or make any changes to existing Union Station reservations.

 

Janet

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New Medicare Cards are in the Mail

Ardis
 

From: Social Security Administration - Office of Communications [mailto:OEA.NET.POST@...]
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 8:44 AM
Subject:: New Medicare Cards are in the Mail

 

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I’m pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have started to mail new Medicare cards to beneficiaries.

Instead of a Social Security Number (SSN), the new cards will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each beneficiary. The new card will help protect identities and secure personal information. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address on file here at Social Security. So please make sure the address of anyone you’re helping is up-to-date. An address can be updated easily by using my Social Security.

As Medicare beneficiaries begin to receive their replacement cards, please share these three tips with them:

  1. Once you get your New Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new one right away. Don’t just throw the old card away—shred it or cut it into small pieces.
  2. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing your old card. They’re ready to accept your new card when you need care.
  3. Beware of anyone contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, you don’t need to do anything to get your new card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

In addition, just last month Social Security started removing the SSN from many of its notices and forms to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. These communications also include benefit-verification notices, Social Security post-entitlement notices, and certain documents sent to appointed representatives. The benefit-verification letter includes the recipient’s name and address. The SSN isn’t intended to serve as identification, nor should it be used as such by third parties.

Please share this information through your networks. For more information about the new Medicare card, click medicare.gov/newcard. You can also check Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.

As always, thank you for your interest in our programs and the people we serve!

Sincerely,

Bob Patterson
Acting Associate Commissioner, External Affairs
(T) 410-965-1804

 

 

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

 


FW: [Membership-committee] reminder ACB membership focus call tonight

Ardis
 

 

 

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Ardis Bazyn via Membership-committee [mailto:membership-committee@...]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2018 9:28 AM
To: 'membership committee list'; membership@...; leadership@...; ccb-membership@...; 'CCB Presidents List'
Cc: Ardis Bazyn
Subject: [Membership-committee] reminder ACB membership focus call tonight

 

Please remember the topic for tonight’s April focus call

April 30: 5:30 pm Pacific/6:30 pm Mountain/7:30 pm Central/8:30 pm Eastern. The call will discuss the membership questions sent to presidents

What do you consider to be your affiliate’s strongest attribute for attracting and retaining members? What do you consider the biggest challenge for your affiliate in the area of membership development and retention? If you could learn one thing that would help your affiliate to grow and strengthen its membership, what would it be?

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

 

 

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FW: question on Resources for Visually Impaired

Ardis
 

Hi all, Can you help the woman below?
Ardis Bazyn
Make the Impossible Possible"
For inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com
Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rhonda Duplessis [mailto:rhondaduplessis@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:26 PM
To: rsva@...
Subject: Resources for Visually Impaired


My name is Rhonda Duplessis. I was given your name by an association linked to Mississippi State University. I was forced to resign from my teaching position a little over a year ago.i just procured a job as a cashier. I am having a difficult time seeing the screen on the sales registers. Are there devices that will magnify and/or enhance the screen so that I can see it better? This is an older register, so I don’t think software would be helpful in this situation. Thank You.


Advocacy Update: delta Policiy Regarding Service Animals

Ardis
 

See the new updates below.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Anthony Stephens via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2018 10:48 AM
To: Anthony Stephens via announce; leadership
Subject: [leadership] Advocacy Update: delta Policiy Regarding Service Animals

 

 

Over the past week, ACB has received multiple calls concerning the new Delta policies regarding service and emotional support animals. The calls pertain to correspondence with delta employees or contractors conveying misinformation to travelers with a guide dog. ACB has a direct line of communication with delta management overseeing such policies, and we have made them aware that work still need to get done to assure that customer service agents are presenting accurate information following Delta’s revisions of service animal policies. They have responded, indicating that they are looking into the situation.

 

Beginning March 1st, Delta had instituted new policies regarding travelers using emotional support animals. Initially, in a January 18th news release, delta announced the policy changes would impact both service and emotional support animals. After engagement from ACB and other stakeholders, Delta relaxed their policies on service animals. Below is a link to the most up-to-date Delta policy on service and support animals:

 

 

In some cases, Delta may seek to enquire if an animal is up-to-date with their rabies vaccination. It is our understanding that this is not expected unless a need arises. In any case, it is a good exercise for any guide dog user to have their dog up-to-date on vaccinations and have a visible tag indicating such vaccination. We have been told the visible tags will count as appropriate verification.

 

If any issues arise while traveling that pertain to your equal rights as a traveler with a guide dog, request to speak with a Complain Resolutions Official (CRO), who are appropriately trained to respond to such issues. Please email me with any complaints that take place, and ACB will follow up with the airline and the Department of Transportation. I can be reached at: astephens@....

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Anthony Stephens

Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311

T: 202-467-5081

Learn more at www.acb.org

 

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Let's talk low vision

Ardis
 

Hello All,

 

This is just a friendly reminder about the call listed below.

Please join the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

(CCLVI) for our monthly telephone series, "Let's Talk Low Vision with Dr.

Bill"

Networking with Low Vision: Hear from the experts on do's and don’ts when cultivating personal, professional and social networks. Richard Rueda and Leslie Spoone will discuss best practices and share personal experiences on the art of networking and kindling relationships at all levels.

Tuesday, February 20 2018

5:30 Pacific & 8:30 Eastern

To be part of the conversation, please dial in:

Phone: (712) 432 3447

Passcode: 145330

Thank you for your time regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Christine Chaikin,  Director

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

Email: director17@...

Website: cclvi.org

                This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

www.avast.com

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.


FW: Most Americans Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

Ardis
 

See article below.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Medicare Watch [mailto:medicarewatch@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:43 PM
To: abazyn@...
Subject: Most Americans Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

 

 

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Developed by the Medicare Rights Center, Medicare Watch is a weekly newsletter providing Medicare news and policy developments, as well as useful Medicare reminders. We hope you enjoy this week's issue.

February 1, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 5

 

 

Most Americans Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

 

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Some in Congress may be considering cuts to programs that help older adults and people with disabilities meet basic needs—including Medicare and Medicaid—in an effort to fill the expected $1.5 trillion budget shortfall created by recent tax legislation. According to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, this goes against the will of most Americans. In fact, the poll finds that just 7% want cuts to Medicare and 12% want cuts to Medicaid.

 

Read More

 

 

Medicaid Work Requirements Create Uncertainty for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and their Caregivers

 

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The Trump Administration recently announced that it will allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, take job training, or do community service to stay eligible for the program. To date, ten states have asked to make this change, and the administration has given the greenlight to the first—Kentucky.

 

Read More

 

 

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Medicare Reminder

If you were denied coverage for a prescription drug, you should ask your plan to reconsider its decision by filing an appeal. Your appeal process will be the same whether you have a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan that includes your Part D prescription drug coverage. If you need your drug right away, you should file an expedited appeal. Medicare Interactive has steps you can take to appeal if you are denied coverage.

Click here to read more about Part D appeals on Medicare Interactive.

 

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Spotlight

 

Webinar

Did you know that even if you have other insurance, failing to enroll in Medicare Part B when you become eligible can lead to premium penalties or gaps in health coverage?  During the Medicare Rights Center's next webinar, our expert presenters will describe how Medicare works with job-based insurance and provide strategies for avoiding late enrollment penalties and gaps in coverage.

The webinar, Medicare and Job-based Insurance: What You Need to Know, is available only on Medicare Interactive. 

Medicare Rights' experts will cover the following topics:

  • The difference between primary and secondary insurance
  • Medicare and Employer Group Health Plans
  • How Medicare and retiree insurance work together
  • How Medicare works with COBRA
  • The Part B Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
  • Medicare enrollment outside of set enrollment periods

Date:  Wednesday, February 21
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Fee:   $40 per person for the live webinar and recording, or
           $30 per person for the recording only

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FW: [leadership] Join ACB for 2018 Legislative Seminar and National Action Day

Ardis
 

Join ACB for 2018 Legislative Seminar and National Action Day

 

We are just a month away from the 2018 ACB Legislative Seminar. As Congress and our government are faced with ongoing budget constraints, it is critical that advocates join us in Washington, D.C. to speak out on the key issues and concerns standing in the way of greater independence and inclusion in our society.

 

This year, ACB will be advocating for protection of funding for critical services and supports. We will also be sending a message of greater stewardship for federal spending by urging support of two key pieces of legislation:

 

·       The Medicare Demonstration on Coverage of Low Vision Devices Act (H.R. 2050)

 

·       The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act (H.R. 1120 and S. 2087)

 

State affiliates should begin to schedule their congressional visits to Capitol Hill. Meetings should be scheduled for February 27th, 2018. Contact information for scheduling your visit can be found on the member’s congressional webpage at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov. Offices can also be reached via the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Let the scheduler know you wish to meet with the staffer handling disability issues, and would also very much like to meet with your member of Congress.

 

The day prior to our Capitol Hill visits, ACB will be holding its legislative seminar in conjunction with the 2018 midyear conference and ACB presidents’ meeting. This day-long event will provide background on the 2018 ACB legislative imperatives, additional updates on other critical legislative activity, and the opportunity to hear from leading policymakers and advocates from Washington, D.C. who will speak on additional ACB priorities.

 

For those wishing to attend, we encourage you to coordinate activities through your state and local ACB chapters and affiliates. This assures that our voice will be loud and clear. For those unable to attend, the Legislative Seminar will be streamed live via ACB Radio, www.acbradio.org.

 

We will also be holding a ACB National Action Day via social media on February 27th using the hashtag #ACBActionDay2018. Follow ACB on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the day’s events and to help echo our message across the country. For questions, contact Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs: astephens@..., (202) 467-5081.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Anthony Stephens

Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard Street, STE 420

Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202.467.5081

(F) 703.465.5085

(E) astephens@...

Learn more at www.acb.org

Follow us on Twitter @ACBNationalFollow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/AmericanCouncilOfTheBlindOfficial

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

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Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.


FW: Have a new business idea? Hadley can help!

Ardis
 

 

 

Backed by a $10,000 prize from Hadley’s 2017 New Venture
Business Competition, Olusegun Ogidan will soon open
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an espresso machine at a coffee shop.

 

 

Submit your business plan and you could win
up to $30,000 to turn your idea into a reality!

 

In its third year, Hadley’s New Venture Business Competition
is open to any visually impaired individual who completes
at least one business course or module through our
Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship
and submits their business plan.

 

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2018.

 

 

 

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Backed by a $10,000 prize from Hadley’s 2017 New Venture
Business Competition, Olusegun Ogidan will soon open
Savanna Coffee in Denver. Image shows Olusegun working
an espresso machine at a coffee shop.

 

 

Submit your business plan and you could win
up to $30,000 to turn your idea into a reality!

 

In its third year, Hadley’s New Venture Business Competition
is open to any visually impaired individual who completes
at least one business course or module through our
Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship
and submits their business plan.

 

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2018.

 

 

 

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2018 New Venture Competition

Ardis
 

I received the notice below earlier, and thought some of you might find this useful.

 

Two years ago I had the idea of introducing a competition to inspire and support blind and visually impaired would-be entrepreneurs.  I wanted Hadley to go beyond teaching concepts to helping people make their ideas for new businesses come to life. That was the genesis of Hadley’s New Venture Competition.

 

The idea has proven so successful that we are offering it this year!  For this, our third competition, we are offering cash awards up to $30,000 to fund the start-up or early growth stage of a business being launched by a blind or visually impaired individual.

 

To qualify, applicants take at least one module from our Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship series and submit their business plan.  DEADLINE: March 15, 2018.

 

Have a client or student you’d like to recommend apply? Simply send them to the Hadley website New Venture Competition page.  All the details, including the expectations for the business plan submission, are explained there.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for helping to get the word out about this exciting opportunity.

 

Regards,

Colleen Wunderlich

Director, Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually impaired

700 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093

www.hadley.edu

Phone: 847-784-2889

 

Sharon Lovering, Editor

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311

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Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

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reminder RSVA Sagebrush conference update

Ardis
 

SAGEBRUSH 2018 NATIONAL BEP TRAINING CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT reminder

"Leading and Growing Randolph-Sheppard into the next decade"

The next RSVA® Sagebrush National BEP Training Conference begins on Monday, February 12th with the Sagebrush registration at 1:00 pm followed by the RSVA® Board of Directors meeting. The conference ends on Friday, February 16th at noon. Note: Valentine's Day will be on Wednesday during the Training Conference. Why not bring your Valentine and celebrate another spectacular learning opportunity at the Golden Nugget Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, a Four Star Conference Center. The winnings for this year's Filo Tu slot tournament will include Player Card credit. It's a two day tournament with $15,000 winnings for each day. Three extra tours are planned, a Monday Pawn Stars tour, Tuesday evening Vegas Lights tour, and a Friday Hoover Dam tour.

The negotiated room rates are no longer available but you can go online and still get low room rates. reservations can be made directly with the hotel. Phone 800-331-5731 (toll free). Let them know you are with the RSVA® Sagebrush Conference 2018. A fee for one night's stay will be charged when you register. Please check the hotel room reservation policy at www.goldennugget.com

Conference agenda, online registration forms, and updates can be found on our website: www.rsva.biz. For further information, contact RSVA® by email: rsva@... or reply to this message.

Ardis Bazyn

818-238-9321

Make the Impossible Possible"

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Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

 

 


Apply to Become a 2018 ACB & JP Morgan Chase Leadership Fellow

Ardis
 

This is a great opportunity. Check it out.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

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Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Kenneth Semien, Sr. via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:09 AM
To: ACB Leadership List
Subject: [leadership] Apply to Become a 2018 ACB & JP Morgan Chase Leadership Fellow

 

Propel to the Next Level

Apply to Become a 2018 ACB & JP Morgan Chase Leadership Fellow

by Kenneth Semien, Sr.

 

Seeking positive change in 2018? Think about it. It’s a great time to personally advance to a higher plain. You, ACB and JP Morgan Chase could be the winning combination you have been searching for. Leadership Fellows are seekers of rewarding opportunities, therefore for the third consecutive year, JP Morgan Chase will provide full access to the ACB Conference and Convention for 5 ACB members who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Get connected with previous classes of Leadership Fellows who have had the experience of a lifetime, while meeting other members and active leaders from around the country. By attending the 57th annual ACB Conference and Convention in Saint Louis, Missouri, as a Leadership Fellow you will be introduced to  tools for success through participation in informative workshops, seminars and leadership development sessions that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, and your state or special interest affiliate.

 

To be a qualified applicant you are required to meet specific criteria, including but not limited to the following three elements:

·       18 years of age or older

·       Blind or visually impaired

·       An ACB member in good standing 

Eligible applicants must be endorsed by the president of their state or special interest affiliate. The application process for this award also consists of submitting two letters and participating in a telephone interview with a team of DKM committee members. The applicant’s letter will include the objectives in applying for the leadership award; a brief summary of your education and relevant experience; number of years of membership in ACB, as well as, previous conventions attended, if any; description of one’s role as a leader; and examples of what you bring to ACB. Be sure to add your full name, physical address, telephone number where you can be reached, and your primary email address. The affiliate president’s letter of recommendation should address the applicant’s contributions to the affiliate, ACB and community organizations; and describe the applicant’s demonstrated leadership skills and leadership potential. Thirty minute telephone interviews will be scheduled for mid-April.

 

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets. Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, June 30, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 5, and to participate actively in all designated convention activities, including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops. 

 

Send application documents to Kelly Gasque in the ACB national office, kgasque@.... Deadline for receipt is April 3rd. Apply today, don’t be late! Selected awardees will be notified during the latter part of April. Questions regarding the application process and required documentation should be directed to DKM Chair, Kenneth Semien, Sr., semien@.... Other beneficial information will be shared once your application has been received.

 

 

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CCLVI Presents Let's Talk Low Vision for Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ardis
 

See below announcement.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Richard Rueda via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:04 PM

 

Each month, the Council of Citizens with Low Vision, International (CCLVI) provides a forum addressing topics of concerns to people with low vision titled "Let's Talk Low Vision". We are fortunate to have Dr. Bill Takeshita as the moderator and master of ceremonies for these presentations. The presentations occur the third Tuesday of each month and start at 5:30pm (Pacific), 8:30pm (Eastern).

Tuesday, December 19th’s topic is, How to protect your eyes and preserve your vision.

To be part of the conversation, please call: (712) 432 - 3447 enter code: 1-4-5-3-3-0


And for a sneak preview on our 2018 LTLV topics, visit http://cclvi.org/lets-talk-low-vision    

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Action Alert: Tax Reform Increases Burden on Americans who are blind

Ardis
 

Hi all, Please pass this info on to your connections…

As Congress continues to work on overhauling the American tax code, ACB urges citizens to engage their elected officials in Washington, calling on them to not advance any measure that would endanger Americans with disabilities.

 

The current House of Representatives and Senate plans on the table will comprise the largest tax reform in over 30 years, significantly altering the way the federal government takes in revenue. Proponents argue that significant corporate tax cuts will stimulate the economy, while opponents argue that such huge cuts will drive up the deficit and individuals will be negatively impacted with the loss of key deductions. Amidst this debate are the real concerns of Americans with disabilities, who will experience the loss of key provisions that have aided in increasing independence and lowering their tax burden.

 

Of greatest concern for Americans who are blind is the current proposal slated for vote this week in the House of Representatives, which aims to repeal both the increased standard deduction for individuals who are blind and the medical expenses deduction. These two deductions take into consideration the additional costs that are often the result of trying to live independently as a person who is blind. Therefore, it is important for Congress not to create barriers to independence in our tax code, nor should they be burdened even more when medical expenses exceed the threshold set by the IRS that allows for costly healthcare and expenses such as assistive technology or guide dog expenses to be deducted from their earned income. These deductions can significantly reduce the amount taxed by the IRS.

 

For most Americans, tax policy is a complex process. While messaging around the current tax reform proposals calls for a need to simplify this process, it must recognize that there are millions of Americans with unique medical needs and conditions such as blindness. It is often through the culmination of deductions, exemptions, and credits that many of these individuals are able to break even, not allowing for their disability to push them further into debt and poverty.

 

For this reason, ACB encourages individuals who have utilized these tax provisions to reach out to their local congressional offices, informing them that there are real individuals who will be negatively impacted by this tax reform. 

 

The Senate is not expected to vote on its proposal until after the Thanksgiving recess. Constituents are encouraged to also reach out to their senators. Let your Senators and Representatives know that the burden will be much heavier for individuals with disabilities under these proposals, which will significantly increase our national debt over the next decade. This would force Congress to cut vital programs and services to meet the shortfall in revenue.

 

You can reach your member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They can connect you with the appropriate congressional office. Below are some helpful resources on the current tax proposals and key items slated for repeal.

 

TurboTax has helpful information on the current deductions individuals who are blind can utilize, which are slated for repeal: in the House bill under consideration:

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/disability/tax-tips-for-the-blind/L80haiutG

 

The Daily Beast, an independent news site, has a post on the impact the current House proposal will have on people with disabilities:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-gops-tax-bill-is-a-war-on-disabled-people 

 

Please email advocacy@... with questions or feedback you receive after calling your member of Congress. Thank you for your ongoing advocacy.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Large print 2018 calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available

 

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