Austin Council of the Blind

Sub-chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Texas

Our Mission


ACB Logo is of a man walking with a white cane on the upper left and a woman walking with a guide dog on the upper right.  The outline of the Capitol is centered below the two figures.

Organized in 1978, the purpose of Austin Council of the Blind is to provide educational and informational programs and improve accessibility and independence for the blind and visually impaired. Things ACB does:

  • Support Services for the Blind
  • Scholarships for Blind Students
  • Braille Equipment
  • Mobility Canes
  • Newsletters
  • Educational Programs
  • Children Braille Books
  • Advocacy
  • Radio Reading Service
  • Referral Services

2017 Scholarships

Three or more scholarships are given each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500 to blind and visually impaired students in Austin or the surrounding area. Recipients must:

  • Be a high school graduate or in college
  • Be blind or visually impaired
  • Be furthering their employability by acquiring new skills through higher education.
  • Be attending a college or university in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate degree program of study, attending a graduate program or, in specialized situations, enrolled in a certification program at a proprietary institution.
  • Have demonstrated financial need.

If you are interested in receiving one of the Austin Council of the Blind scholarships, please download and complete the application.

Board Members


Officers

Paul Hunt, President
prhunt1@att.net

Kevin Ratliff, Vice President
kevin.ratliff512@gmail.com

Margarine Beaman, Treasurer
Oleo50@hotmail.com
(512) 452-8244

Patty Temmerman, Secretary
ptemmerman12@gmail.com

Charles Shavers, Past President
charlesshavers@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Dennis Sims
dennislsims@gmail.com

Kathryn Rutledge
kathrynrutledge00@gmail.com

Gene Brooks
gene_brooks@sbcglobal.net

Donors


A huge thanks to the following organizations for supporting us:


Logo for Austin LightHouse
Logo for BBVA Compass

Logo for IBC Bank

If your company is interested in supporting our mission, please email Margarine Beaman at Oleo50@hotmail.com for more information.