American Council of the Blind of Maine

 

Welcome to ACB of Maine

The future holds the hopes and dreams of those who continue to move forward, and who never forget to walk alongside an incredible family built on friendship, loyalty and inspiration.

 ACB of Maine would like to wish you the best with all your endeavors and invite you to join us as we move ahead towards a tomorrow filled with those special ingredients that makes us one of the best organizations around.

 Please feel free to look through our website, and while you’re at it, go grab yourself an ACB day!

President’s message:

Full inclusion of people who are blind or visually impaired is not a matter of charity but of civil rights. As an organization which advocates for the rights of blind individuals, our goal is to meaningfully contribute to the conversation which brings about inclusion for people of all abilities. What we seek as blind individuals is no different than that of any other person, employment, dignity, consideration, respect, and equal access. Yet too often, we must overcome barriers before receiving those things to which we as humans have an inherent right. Through our message that nothing less than full inclusion is acceptable, we as blind individuals and as an organization of persons who are blind can shape how society views and treats people who are blind. It is the change in the fundamental way in which society defines what is “normal” and what it means to be “impaired” That we as an organization and as blind individuals can affect the most. It is the change in this fundamental way of thinking that will bring about true inclusion. After all, a community that includes all citizens, regardless of ability, is a thriving and prosperous community!

As we enter a new year, I am reminded that every day, not just the beginning of a new year, gives us the opportunity to be a little more kind, a bit more tolerant, a little more understanding and compassionate and, a whole lot more at peace with ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we can make 2021 a year in which we can grow as individuals, as an organization and as a society. I genuinely believe, with kindness, tolerance, and compassion as our guiding principles, together we can accomplish anything.

Sherry

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” Helen Keller

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).