The 2016 convention will be held at the Marten House, Indianapolis, IN Sept. 30-Oct. 1.    Click here for registration form.

ACBI Celebrates Indiana’s Bicentennial” is the theme of the 45st annual convention of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana (ACBI). Just attend and get together with friends and make some new ones. Take home some great auction items and win prizes if you know interesting Indiana facts and history.


This year we will revisit the Marten House in northern Indianapolis. It will begin at 7PM on Friday evening (September 30, 2016) and end with a memorial service concluding around 5PM on Saturday October 1. Please see the ACBI web site for additional information.



The Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center

1801 W 86th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46260

317-872-4111 or 1-800-736-5634



Friday Evening, September 30, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Room Rates and information:

$89.00 per night for a single, double, triple or quad plus 17% tax

Room reservations must be made by September 14th to guarantee the rates.

Reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card or a one night’s advance deposit. The hotel restaurant will be open for breakfast and dinner both days. The hotel has an inside swimming pool.


A copy of the preliminary agenda is included in this mail/email. Highlights include the Friday night auction and several featured speakers. The luncheon (banquet) speaker should be interesting. His name is Jeff Mittman. He is a retired master sergeant in the United States Army where he served for 22 years. On ‘ONE BAD DAY’ as he refers to it, Jeff was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in July 2005. His wounds included severe head and facial trauma. His sight was lost. He made the decision to survive and be a husband and father. He keeps a very busy schedule today and it will be interesting to hear about his experiences.


ACBI looks forward to the other speakers as well. They include Therese Koleszar of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services who will give the opening presentation on Friday evening. Dr. Marianne Price of the Cornea Research Foundation of American and Mr. Brian Norton of Easter Seals Crossroads.


The Convention will close with a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. and any closing remarks.


Students enrolled in elementary or secondary educational programs can attend the convention without paying a registration fee but must pay for the luncheon if they wish to attend.


Enjoy our celebration of the state’s bicentennial and come join the fun. It’s now time to make your hotel reservations and complete your reservation for the convention. See you all in Indianapolis.




ACBI Board of Directors







ACBI organizes an Indiana state convention each year.  It is typically in the fall of the year, and its location rotates among a number of Indiana locations, including  Bloomington (2000), Turkey Run State Park (2001), Columbus (2002 & 2006), Goshen (2003), Evansville (2004), Muncie (2005), Marion (2007), Spring Mill State Park (2008), Indianapolis (2009), South Bend (2010), McCormick's Creek State Park (2011 and 2013) , Fort Wayne (2012),  Turkey Run State Park (2014) , Cincinnati, OH (Joint convention with American Council of the Blind of Ohio (2015).
Minutes of 5 previous conventions
Updated 09/05/2016