2013 Conference Program




THURSDAY, June 6, , 2013


2:00 – 5:00 PM - Hospitality Suite, Clear Lake Room

3:00- 8:00 PM - Registration in the Foyer

4:00-7:00 ACBT Board Meeting-Port Lavaca Room

7:00-10:00 PM Hospitality Room –Clearlake room


FRIDAY,  June 7, 2013


7:30 A.M. Exhibitors setup –Houston room

9:00-11:00 AM Hospitality Room Open, Clearlake Room

9 AM – 6 PM - Registration in the Foyer

9:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M. , Exhibit Hall-Houston Room

10:00-11:00 AM   Port Lavaca Room

Motovational Speaker, Michelle Boyd: “Connected With One Voice” Collaboration, Transportation and Employment”


10:30 AM-12:00 PM  Pasadena Room

Ballroom Dancing:  Mike Nelson, Professional Dance Instructor  


12:00-1:00 PM Break/Lunch on your own!


1:00-2:30 PM Pasadena

Self Defense Program , Mark Melonson

1Touch™ is a groundbreaking self-defense program created to address the specific needs of the blind and visually impaired. It teaches vital self-defense skills such as threat recognition, analysis and appropriate response.


2:00-5:00 PM Hospitality Room Open-Clearlake


2:30-4:00 PM  Corpus Christi

Leadership Training:  "Framing Our Future Through Leadership & Advocacy" Judy Scott and Lex Frieden.

Segment 1 will be led by Judy Scott and the focus will be "Leadership Skills and Team Building".

Segment 2 will be led by Lex Frieden and it will focus on Advocacy "What it is and How it Works".


3 PM – 4:30 PM – Port Lavaca

Braille Revival League Program

This year, the Braille Revival League of Texas is offering conference attendees something new. We have invited manufacturers of several braille displays to give conference goers the chance to give their displays a test drive, either with computers or Apple IOS devices. 


4:30  – 6:00 PM -port Lavaca

Guide Dog Users Program


Friday evening dinner on your own!

7:00 - 9:00 PM   Port Aransas/Brownsville/Galvaston

Showcase of Talent  


9:00 PM  Jam Session With Diego

*Hospitality Room open after Showcase until 11:00 P.M.


Saturday, June 8, 2013


          7:15 AM – 8:45 AM-Port Lavaca

GDUTX Breakfast


8:00 – 11 AM - Hospitality Suite, Clear Lake


          9 AM – 11 AM - Registration in the Foyer


          9 AM – 5 PM  Houston

Exhibit Hall,


9:00- – 10:15 AM  Corpus Christi

Library Users of America Business Meeting/Program  

Updates from the Texas Talking Book Program-Ruth Wedergren, Public Awareness Coordinator; Election of officers.


9:30-10:30 Pasadena

Self Defense:  Mark Melonson

1Touch™ is a groundbreaking self-defense program created to address the specific needs of the blind and visually impaired. It teaches vital self-defense skills such as threat recognition, analysis and appropriate response.


10:15-11:30 AM Corpus Christi

Braille Revival League Meeting  


10:30-11:30 AM Port Lavaca

Diego Demaya: Alternatives to Cable”



Port Aransas/Brownsville/Galvaston

11:30 AM Luncheon Medley by Karen Eitel, HCB Member


          11:45 – 12 PM Opening Ceremonies


Greetings:  President Kenneth Semien, Sr.


Presentation of Colors:  Boy Scout Troop # 601

Scout Master Louis McKinney

New Faith Church, Houston, Texas                                   


Pledge of Allegiance:  Alma Balleza

BoardMember, Houston Council of the Blind


National Anthem:  Anita Banonno

Houston Council of the Blind


Invocation:  Rev. James Andrews, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas




          12:30 PM Featured SpeakerEugene Brault,

TSA  Customer ServiceManager, Bush Intercontenental Airport


12:50 PM ACB Update:, Michael Garrett, ACB Board member




1 PM Call to Order, President Kenneth Semien, Sr.


Welcome from Host Chapter: HCB President Peggy Garrett


Proclamation & Welcome to Houston, Mayor Pro Tem or City Council                                  Member


Afternoon Sessions:         


1:30 PM – 3PM   Corpus Christi

Computer Users Program:  Bob Bartlett

"Technology Today" Discussing technology from

phones to software to computers to your new I-phone.


1:30-3:00 PM -  Pasadena

Ball room Dancing: Mike Nelson, Professional Dance Instructor


2:30-3:30 PM First Timers program-Clearlake

President Kenneth Semien, Sr.


3:00– 4:30 PM Corpus Christi

:How to Access Your Government:  Houston City Councilwoman Wanda Adams

State Representative Rodney Ellis or staff member


4:00-5:00 PM  Port Lavaca 

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act:  Aaron Bangor, Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities  & Susan Merrick, AT&T


5:00—5:30 PM  Corpus Christi

Candidates Forum


5:30–6:30 PM -, Port Lavaca

Resolutions Committee:  Bob Bartlett




Port Aransas/Brownsville/Galveston Room

6:30 PM Pre-banquet Mixer and Cash Bar

Music by Sammy Ammons, HCB  Member


7 PM – 8:30 Saturday Evening Banquet



Welcome:  President Kenneth Semien, Sr.


Invocation, Rev. Michael E. Garrett, New Faith Church




35th Anniversary  Acknowledgements:  President Kenneth Semien, Sr.


Introduction of Speaker:   Peggy R. Garrett


SpeakerHouston City Councilman Andrew C. Burks Jr.

AT large  Position 2


Closing Remarks:  President Kenneth Semien, Sr.





SUNDAY June 9., 2013


                   Port Aransas/Brownsville/Galveston Room


          7:15 AM – 8:30 AM Awards Breakfast


InvocationNeil Finley


8:30-9:00 AM - Remarks by Barbara Madrigal, Assistant                                               Commissioner DARS, Division of Blind Services


9:00 AM– 12:00 PM - Business Meeting, Elections 


12:15—2:00 PM  port Lavaca

Post-Conference ACBT Board Meeting