ACB of Maine 2014 State Convention

Hello to All,


Another year has passed, and it is once again time for our annual ACB of Maine State Convention.


The hotel in Portland that ACB of Maine is having the annual state convention is no longer called Howard Johnson.  It is now The Ramada Plaza.  It is located at:  155 Riverside St in Portland.  If you are planning on spending the night either Friday, October 31, or Saturday, November 1, AND YOU ARE NOT AN ACB BOARD MEMBER, you need to call the hotel and make the reservations yourself.


The number is:  774=5861. It is my understanding that you will get your room for $69 plus tax.


If you would like to receive a copy of the ACB of Maine registration form, or if you have any additional comments or questions, please contact me.


Hope to see you there.


Cheryl Peabody


Treasurer, ACB Maine

Tel: 872-7594




This Years Convention Agenda



ACB of Maine State Convention

Saturday, November 1st, 2014




8:30-9:00 Registration


9:00-10:00 Bonnie Gouzie with Access Technology & Employment Services (ATES)


10:00-11:00 Darth Law, OTC from the Iris Low Vision Clinic on Traumatic Brain injury and vision


11:00-11:15 BREAK


11:15-12:15 Jim Phipps (The Iris Network) and John McMahon (DBVI): Immersion Center


12:15-1:30 LUNCH


1:30-4:00 Business Meeting (including Marsha Dresser from the Bay State Council o/t Blind)



Please always remember that ACB of Maine starts with you!


Have an ACB day!

The Iris Network Presents

The Iris Network Presents

In Blind Sight

A Film Premier and Discussion


In Blind Sight is a documentary that examines the experiences of people who are blind, how they navigate our modern world, and how they rise above the obstacles of their condition to lead rich (and sometimes extraordinary) lives. It examines the built environment we live in and what we can do as communities to help people who have disabilities better integrate into them, through urban planning and through educational programs for individuals. Pulling from presentations and interviews by Claudia Folska (Denver, CO), interviews and on-site footage with Randy Pierce (2020 Visionquest), Jim Phipps (The Iris Network), and many more, In Blind Sight presents a vision for our society that focuses not just on cars, but on multi-modal transportation design, and hopes to show how accessible design for blind pedestrians acts as a “gold standard” that will improve the built environment for us all.


Here is the URL for a two-minute piece that was the inspiration for the full length film:


Ms. Folska will be the evening’s featured speaker with Mr. Pierce and Mr. Phipps joining her for a discussion of the issues raised in the film. There will be an audience Q&A session following brief presentations.


Information about Ms. Folska (it is a bit long):

Information about Mr. Pierce:


Information about Mr. Phipps:


Date: October 17, 2014

Time: Reception at 5:30; Film at 6:30

Place: USM’s Abromson Center and Hannaford Hall


The October 17th premier is a short version of the film; at this time we’re anticipating it will be about 25 minutes. The full-length version of the film, 55 minutes, is being developed to meet the technical specifications for public television.


The filmmakers and Claudia have two goals for this film: 1. To use it as a teaching tool all across America by planners working on community infrastructure accessibility projects and 2. To have millions of Americans see it on television so they better understand what it means to support and live in an accessible community.



Summer 2014 Update

Well here we are, smack dab in the middle of August. It’s hard to believe that there’s only one month left to Summer. The ice that left its mark on the 2013-14 Maine winter will surely not be forgotten soon, and these warm days and months have surely helped to ease those burdens that seemed to never end last winter.


There’s lots going on in our state, and folks in the blind community have surely been making an effort to get out there and get a taste of what this great state has to offer. A taste of flavor that the rest of the country just doesn’t have a clue about. It’s all here, and it’s one of the reasons we can smile when we talk about being home.


Stay tuned to for upcoming news, information, events and everything else that’s fit to tell.


The Summer ACB National Convention was a huge success. The sights and the sounds clearly labeled it as one of this Summer’s premier conventions, and as we head towards Fall 2014, will do its best to keep you informed of all there is to know with our upcoming ACB Maine State Convention, as well as news from around the great Pine Tree State.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and for your inspiring commitment to help the blind community forge on and take on the future with continued inspiration, strength, courage and hope.


We urge you to keep coming back to as our site will continue to change with the times, striving to keep you abreast of everything.


Take care, and have an ACB day!

Living with disabilities in Portland, Maine, where every step is a challenge.” An inspiring article from the Portland Press Herald

Gradually being robbed of his sight, Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette relies on a positive outlook to fight the threats to his independence.


Click HERE to go to the article by Matt Burns, a Portland Press Herald staff writer.

2014: Thanks for Another Great “Night of Comedy” in Bangor

ACB of Maine

Improving the lives of Maine citizens who are blind and visually impaired since 1903




Dear Friends and Neighbors,


The American Council of the Blind of Maine, in cooperation with East Coast Marketing Group, was especially pleased to sponsor another of our special “Night of Laughs” Comedy Shows this past Saturday, April 19th at 7 PM. This years event was once again held at Peaks Auditorium, Bangor High School, and featured Dave Russo, Dennis Fogg and Will Noonan, 3 New England based comedians who have appeared at Foxwoods Casino, Mohegan Sun, on Comedy Central TV and more.


ACB of Maine, representing 110 years of reaching out to the approximately 40,000 Maine residents who are blind and legally blind in our state, is the nation’s oldest consumer organization for the blind and visually impaired. Proceeds generated from this fundraiser will go to help support funding for public educational activities, Reaching out to the newly blind and visually impaired Maine residents and the issues that surround blindness, promoting recreational events, improving pedestrian safety, watch dogging legislative issues effecting Maine’s blind and visually impaired as well as post secondary scholarships given to well deserving students from Maine.


ACB of Maine would like to thank all those involved with our Comedy Show event, and is already anticipating and looking forward to next year’s Night of Comedy.


On a personal note, I had the chance to attend this hilarious night of adult comedy for the first time. The venue fit like a glove, the line up of comedic entertainers reached out and grabbed a bucket full of laughter, and the night was everything I had anticipated and more.


Thanks ACB of Maine and hats off to the folks at East Coast Marketing Group for a job well done. At the end of the evening, my sides hurt, and it was all because of you!


Oh ya. Thanks go out to my son Matt for transporting my billy goat butt all the way from the Ridge in Clinton, to Bangor. You’re the best!


Deon Lyons