News & Events
Georgia Council of the Blind
Georgia Council of the Blind
GCB Community Phone Calls
Seeking the Sunshine discussion group:
Marsha Farrow will discuss concerns about our local, state, and national events.
This call is held on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Steve Longmire will host the monthly tech talk community phone call. This will be an open forum to discuss any technology topics that interests you.
This phone call will be on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:00 pm.
Alice Ritchhart will talk about all things associated with travelling.
This phone call will be on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Reading With Touch:
Betsy Grenevitch will talk about all things associated with braille.
This call will be on the second Monday of the month at 8:00 pm.
Conference and Convention:
Phil Jones will talk about his experiences at ACB and GCB conference.
This Phone call will be on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Mary Woodyard will host a trivia game with us.
This phone call will be on the SECOND Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
DJ McIntyre will talk about anything associated with fashion.
This phone call will be on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Janet Parmerter will talk about anything related to the Alexa.
This phone call will be on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Arts and Crafts:
Cecily Nipper Junior will talk about all different kinds of arts and crafts activities.
This call will be on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Amanda Wilson will talk about all things associated with diabetes.
This phone call will be on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Teresa Brenner will talk about anything related to gardening.
This phone call will be on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 pm
Kathy Morris will talk about everything associated with cooking.
This call will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Mary Woodyard will share many ideas about different types of games.
This phone call will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Deborah Lovell and Judy Presley will discuss the book of the month.
This call will be on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
The phone number for all of the above community phone calls is 1-605-562-0400, and the access code is 780-5751, followed by the pound sign.
If you cannot get in then use this alternative phone number. It is 1-717-275-8940 and the access code is 7805751, followed by the pound sign.
Georgia Council Of The Blind will be holding its annual conference November 6 and 7, 2020 virtually on Zoom and Webinar. The convention will also be broadcast on ACB radio. The cost of registration will be $15.00 per person.
Cecily Laney Nipper
Listen to interview with Living Life Team Founder/CEO Rita Harris and ACB radio show "Speaking Out for the Blind" Host, Brian McCallen
GCB Conference and Convention November 6-7, 2020
Our Theme: GCB Community: Bridging the Gap
Join with other GCB members and friends for our first ever virtual conference and convention! Be there from the comfort of your own home via computer, phone or streamed on ACB radio.
Registration: Cost $15. Registrants will receive zoom links and will be eligible to win door prizes! Please visit georgiacounciloftheblind.org/register to register today.
The following are some program highlights. The full program will be coming out later.
Friday, November 6
4:00 – 4:30 PM Zoo Atlanta: Zoo 2 You educational video series introducing some of the various encounters offered at the zoo.
4:30 – 5:00 PM Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in Montana. Enjoy this audio tour straight from Yellowstone.
5:00 – 6:00 PM Interviews with GCB members: Get to know members of our GCB family from across the state.
6:00 – 7:00 PM Voices Across Georgia Presentation: listen as chapter presidents and representatives speak about their chapters, and maybe find a chapter near you.
7:00 – 9:00 PM Banquet with a keynote from Jeffrey Stump of the Georgia attorney general’s office and presentation of awards.
9:30 – 10:00 PM Night Cap: A Night Cap will be facilitated by Jamaica Miller on Friday after the banquet. This will be a place for the community to gather to share each person’s favorite thing about the day’s events.
Saturday, November 7
9:00 – 10:30 AM Exhibitors Showcase: Businesses and organizations will join us virtually to tell us about their products and services.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Business meeting
Concurrent sessions: On Saturday afternoon, a choice of programming will be offered.
1:00 – 2:30 PM Youth Outreach Committee Program on advocacy for high school students as they transition to higher education, work training, or employment.
Goal: Give students and parents what they need to know for a successful transition, what should be in an IEP transition plan, and what services VR can provide during high school.
Our second Saturday afternoon program will be:
1:30 – 2:30 PM Opportunities for seniors: free or low cost continuing education opportunities for adults over 62.
2:45 – 4:00 PM Special Interest Affiliate Showcase introducing some of the leaders of ACB affiliates.
4:00 – 5:00 PM Trivia led by Mary and Tommy Woodyard.
5:00 – 6:00 PM Vanda Pharmaceutical available for individual consultation
5:00 – 5:30 PM Board Meeting
Cecily Laney Nipper
If you'd like to join in on ACB radio whether you register or not, here's how.
Ways to connect to ACB Radio Special Stream:
1. Dial 1 (518)906-1820using traditional phone service dial pads. Listen to the menu prompts. For ACB radio special, select option 7.
2. Download and install the ACB Link app from your app store. After opening it, find the radio tab along the bottom of the screen, then find the menu button in the top left side. A drop down with an option for streams appears followed by the page to choose the ACB radio Special stream. After selecting, find and double tap the play button.
3. Using a Humanware Victor reader stream or trek, use the internet radio library in the online bookshelf. Locate either the Humanware playlist, or the search on ootunes and press the confirm button. in the Humanware playlist, the ACB radio streams will be located in the first 8 channels listed. In the ootunes search, use the search by name function, type in ACB with a space at the end and press confirm. the list of streams will appear, pick "Special" and press play.
4. Visit acbradio.org, find and click on the stream link, then find ACB radio Special you want to open and click on it.
5. Use your Amazon Echo enabled device to listen to the ACB Radio special stream:
Special Event-“Alexa open ACB Radio Special”
• Should any of the above features not begin playing, change the open command to “enable” and end with the word “Skill.”
Example: “Alexa enable the ACB Radio Special skill”