Our Mission

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

At the heart of the philosophy of the American Council of the Blind is the belief that we must accept people who are blind where they are and value each and every person for their individual accomplishments. Our organization encourages local and state affiliates to operate autonomously and provide through our resolutions process and through our Board of Directors direction to our national office. Each blind person must be valued as an individual and while the American Council of the Blind expects its members to strive to be all that they can be, we do not support the adoption of a set of values that tell people who they are.

Since our organization emerged in the 1960s, we have concentrated on developing and maintaining policies that have substantially determined what appropriate services are for people who are blind. The foundation of our work is our belief that it is the right of every blind person in this country to be included in society.

Legislation

For the 2016 ACBNY Legislative Paper click HERE.