Alamo Council of the Blind ADVOCACY! EQUALITY! INDEPENDENCE!
Who We Are
The Alamo Council of the Blind (ACB) has been advocating for blind and visually impaired persons in San Antonio and Bexar County since 1986. We are a local, 501(c)3 nonprofit, membership organization comprised primarily of persons who are blind or visually impaired and their families. The Alamo Council of the Blind is part of the American Council of the Blind of Texas and the national American Council of the Blind organization.
ACB believes in the independence, dignity and equal quality of life opportunities for all persons who are blind or visually impaired. Our mission is to encourage and assist people with visual impairments to develop their abilities and attain their maximum potential in order to become fully participating and productive members within the community.
What We Do
Sensitivity Training for Drivers
Contracted with Star Shuttle since 2010, we have helped hundreds of para transit drivers learn about respectful best practices when working with visually impaired passengers. Star Shuttle drivers are satisfied with our teaching, they've given us a satisfactory rate of 100%. This is important work which we feel privileged to provide and its fun thanks to Donna Mc Bee who manages this project.
This year the awards will be presented to visually impaired students in September, and will total at least $3000. Application information is available under Scholarships. Applicants must be legally blind, may be high school graduates of any age, studying with the goal of professional or vocational careers.
Visually Impaired Childrenfs Christmas Program
ACB raises funds throughout the year so that we can shop for and wrap gifts for visually impaired children, based on the wish list gathered by their teacher who then presents the gifts to the children before Christmas. The teachers we have worked with on this project are diligent and generous with their time, and the thank you notes from each child are very heart-warming. Thanks to Lou Ann Williams for this great idea!
Accessible Computers Program
We have received a small grant that allows us to provide refurbished
computers that are adapted and ready for use by visually impaired (VI) individuals. We have applications available for any legally blind person interested. For more information please call our ACB line at 210-492-4420 and ask for Jose Rangel.
ACB members strive to dispel the myths and misperceptions about blindness by their positive example, and by educating the public about the wide range of achievements and capabilities of persons who are visually impaired.
ACB members provide advice, guidance and recommendations to agencies, government administrators, lawmakers and private business owners on how best to meet the special needs of customers/constituents who are blind or visually impaired.
ACB actively advocates for its members on issues such as pedestrian safety, education, better transportation and more jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired.
ACB works in coalition with other disability groups to create a full range of effective advocacy efforts.
Various events and activities are planned and held throughout the year by ACB’s standing and ad hoc committees. For more information about these activities, call ACB at 210 492-4420.
We welcome you to find out more about our organization. Our Get Involved page has some ways to get started
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