American Council of the Blind Convention Means Good Business for the Greater Louisville Area

/ Louisville, July 5, 2012 — According to the Louisville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, nearly 2.5 million dollars will be injected into the greater Louisville economy thanks to the 51st Annual Convention of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) conference and convention attendees.

More than 1,500 blind and visually impaired people will gather at the Gault House Hotel, from July 6 – 14 for the 51st American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) annual national conference and convention.

In addition to the Gault House, many other businesses in the greater Louisville area will also greatly benefit from the ACB convention. According to Janet Dickelman, Chair of the ACB Convention’s Planning Committee, “our ACB members love to eat and tour all kinds of attractions, spending lots of money in local restaurants, various transportation services, and tours.”

The ACB conventioneers will patronize places in the greater Louisville area like: the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Stephen Foster Musical, My Old Kentucky Lunch Train, Huber’s Family Farms, Stained Glass and Stoneware Tour, APH Factory and Museum Tour, Schimpff’s Confectionery, Louisville Mega Cavern Tram Tour, Slugger Factory & Museum Tour, rafting Elkhorn Creek, Clark Kentucky History Museum, Louisville Bats Dinner and Game, Amish Country Tour with Lunch, and the attendees will wrap up the week onboard the Spirit of Jefferson Dinner Cruise

In addition, the ACB convention will have a large exhibit area, selling all types of products and services for blind and low-vision people. The exhibitors come from all across the United States and even some foreign firms are represented. The exhibits, which will be located in the Gault House Hotel, will be open daily. There is a modest registration fee.

The American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization. Its members are blind, visually impaired, and fully sighted individuals who are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people throughout the nation.

Formed in 1961, the ACB is one of the largest organizations of blind people in the world, with more than 70 state and special interest affiliates and a nationwide network of chapters and members spanning the globe.

For more information about the American Council of the Blind or the ACB National Convention, contact: Dr. Ron Milliman: 270-996-7356 or email: [email protected] or Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind, 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201; phone: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666;