According to Convention Chairman Joan Garrett, the group includes employees from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services and community members.
The council’s emphasis for the three-day conference involves educating blind persons about the use of Braille and technology in the home and workplace.
Guest speakers for the convention include Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, American Council for the Blind President Kim Charlson, Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice and Potomac Talking Book Narrator Gregory Gorton.
Each speaker has prior ties to the conference or to a deaf and blind institute.
The appearance marks Bentley’s third visit to the conference to show his respect and support for the council’s hard work.
Bice, a veteran in the education field, began his teaching career at Alabama School for the Blind.
Charlson, the director of the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., carries the distinction of being the first woman in the American Council for the Blind’s 52-year history to be named president.
An inductee of the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame, Charlson also earned recognition in her career as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and through her efforts in community advocacy.
Gorton narrated more than 600 audio books throughout his career, voiced dozen of commercials and performed multiple voice roles for Graphic Audio.
The convention opens today with a Braille and technology presentation by technology teacher for the Ohio School for the Blind and Ohio State University Dan Kelley, a graduate of ASB
“We are anticipating a well-attended convention this year and look forward to addressing issues that are important to the future of individuals who are blind,” Alabama Council of the Blind President Norman Culver said.
For more information on the convention, contact Culver at 256-761-1050 or Garrett at 256-375-5667.