The American Council of the Blind is an incorporated nonprofit organization, comprised of blind, visually impaired, and sighted persons with a broad diversity of occupations and professions. Members are volunteers who give generously of their time, energy, and skills as they zealously support furtherance of the organizations purpose to:
Provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, opinions, and information relating to matters of concern to blind and visually impaired individuals.
Elevate the social, economic, and cultural levels of blind and visually impaired persons.
Improve educational and rehabilitation facilities.
Broaden vocational opportunities of blind and visually impaired individuals.
Encourage and assist blind and visually impaired persons, especially those with recent vision loss, to develop their abilities and potentials and to assume their responsible place in their community.
Cooperate with the public and private institutions of and for blind and visually impaired individuals.
Conduct a program of public education to further public awareness and understanding of the problems AND capabilities of blind and visually impaired persons.
The following are some of the activities and goals of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio, Greater Cincinnati Chapter:
Provide scholarships to blind and visually impaired post secondary and college students.
Provide grants to blind children for summer camp where they mainstream with others of their age group.
Assist members with expenses of taxi fares for necessary daily activities.
Provide grants to the Ohio Deaf Blind Association to cover service support providers for its various activities and events.
* Serve as consultants to the City of Cincinnati and surrounding townships in the development and advancement of audible pedestrian signal programs.
Advocate at the federal, state, and local levels for legislation that enables blind and visually impaired persons to fully participate in society.
Provide stipends to blind and visually impaired persons for attending audio described plays and other cultural events.
Serve in the role of advocates for blind persons coping in society in such areas as employment, transportation, and education.
Send selected members to state and national information forums.