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


Paul Hunt, President

Kevin Ratliff, Vice President

Margarine Beaman, Treasurer
(512) 452-8244

Patty Temmerman, Secretary

Charles Shavers, Past President

Board of Directors

Dennis Sims

Kathryn Rutledge

Gene Brooks


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 for more information.