The American Council of the Blind of Indiana (ACBI) is a 501c3, not-for-profit consumer organization, composed primarily of people who are blind or visually impaired. It was founded in 1971 and incorporated in the state of Indiana. It is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), a national consumer organization founded in 1961.
The purpose of ACBI is to improve the well-being of Indiana’s residents who are blind and visually impaired by: serving as a representative state organization of people who are blind or visually impaired; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of people who are blind or visually impaired; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with services for people who are blind or visually impaired; encouraging and assisting people who are blind or visually impaired to develop their abilities and to promote greater understanding of blindness and visual impairment and the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired.
ACBI has five Indiana city and regional affiliates. These groups meet periodically and participate in ACBI annual conventions. The ACBI officers and board meet quarterly and more frequently, if required.
ACBI publishes the FOCUS four times per year. The FOCUS is a free newsletter with a statewide readership and it is produced in large print, audio cassette, IBM-compatible computer disc, or as an e-mail file. It contains articles on employment, legislation, sports and leisure activities, new products and services, human interest and other information of value to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Many people who are blind, visually impaired or sighted benefit from the following and other ACBI services:
· Information and referral on all aspects of blindness and visual impairments
· Scholarship assistance to post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired
· Public education and awareness training
· Support to consumer advocates and legal assistance on matters relating to blindness
· Leadership and legislative training
· Consulting with industry regarding employment of blind and visually impaired individuals
· Governmental monitoring, consultation and advocacy
· Annual state convention