2017 Conference and Convention Information

ACB Sparks Success

The 56th ACB Conference and Convention will take place from June 30 to July 7, 2017, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. 
Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people are expected to attend this conference from across the United States and from many foreign countries.  Countless others will listen to selected broadcasts from the conference on ACB's internet radio service.  Still others will read the conference program and newspaper from the ACB website and on ACB email lists.  Included among these participants will be blind entrepreneurs, students, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, musicians, parents and grandparents.  There will be people looking for work and people who use all kinds of adaptive technology; people who are interested in large print, recorded, digital and braille products; elderly people who are just learning to live with vision loss; and young people attending college and just starting new careers.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, NV

All convention activities and sleeping rooms will be at the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada.  All guest rooms have complimentary Internet. The entire hotel is smoke free.
Hotel Information: Room rates at the Nugget Casino Resort are $89 (single or double) with an additional $10.00 per person for up to four guests per room. Room tax (currently 13.5 percent) plus tourism tax ($2.00 per day per room) will be added to your room charge.  When you make your reservation one night’s stay will be charged to your credit card
Room rates include the resort fee consisting of:

  • Round-trip airport shuttle to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  • Complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms
  • Daily complimentary bottled water, 2 bottles per room per day
  • Unlimited use of the year-round Atrium Pool
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Center
  • Full service concierge
  • Valet and self-parking in the secured covered parking structure

Make telephone reservations by calling (800) 648-1177 and ask for Group Code GACB17.
You may also register online

Traveling to Sparks

Sparks and Reno is served by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (airport code RNO).
Amtrak, Greyhound and Mega Bus have stations within 5 miles of the hotel.  

Other Information

General Session:
• Opening general session Saturday, July 1, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
• Sunday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 5, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
• Thursday, July 6, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall:
• Open Saturday, July 1, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 2, 3 and 4, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
• Wednesday, July 5, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Click through to the links for more information.

Other Info


Imagine this all too common scenario: You, standing in front of your closet to dress for an event, only to sigh in frustration because you have nothing to wear that match your fashion-forward personality but is also comfortable to slip on and off.

Well, sigh no longer, because ACB Students is here to solve all of your fashion crises!

Meet LulaRoe, the latest and wildly popular clothing brand that is sensationally sweeping through homes across America. Their motto: “Where Fashion Meets Comfort” describes their line of dresses, skirts, shirts, and cardigans perfectly. Their clothes are manufactured with soft and airy materials that are a dream to wear all day long, and each style comes in an array of stunning solids and beautiful prints that will suit any attire. every piece can be dressed up--sleek and polished for the office, romantic and feminine for date night—or dressed down for casual nights in.

This year during ACB convention, ACB Students is hosting a LulaRoe pop-up fundraiser where you can browse over 2000 items of inventory from consultants in the Sparks area. A portion of each purchase will be donated to ACBS to support our work of advocating for equal access in the classroom for blind and visually impaired students. So why not come shop with us and let us help you find the perfect outfit to make you sparkle inside and out!

When: Monday, July 3, 2017 – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Bonanza C at the Nugget Hotel and Casino

Want to shop LulaRoe but won't be at convention? Fear not! We are hosting an online pop-up fundraiser in conjunction with our live event at the Nugget Hotel and Casino. You can shop from the comfort of your own home while supporting us at the same time. It's a win-win!

To join the event, click


When: Tuesday, July 4 – Friday, July 7

Where: Anywhere that makes you happy

For inquiries, please contact Minh Ha, ACBS President at president@acbstudents.org or at 774-242-4860.

ACBS Convention Program

Friday, June 30th
8:00pm-11:00pm - Office Hours
Pre-Reg: $16
Door: $18
Description: Meet the ACBS Board through a sociable Q&A. Mingle with members, friends, & our supporters in an evening full of refreshments & tabletop games! Join in on the fun as we open the 2017 Convention Week, Students Style!

Saturday, July 1st
12:15-1:45PM- ACBS Scholarship Luncheon
Pre-reg: $28
Door: $32
Description: Join ACB Students & Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America for a celebratory meal to honor the achievements, success, and future endeavors of our 2017 Scholarship Winners. Glimpse the future of ACB!
1:45-3:15PM - ACBS Business Meeting

Sunday, July 2nd
1:15-2:45PM - Online Shopping 101
Pre-reg: $8
Door: $10
Description: Learn the best accessibility techniques for savvy online shopping. Get tips on navigating retail websites, find accurate product descriptions, & hunt for bargains. Snag clothing, groceries, technology, & so much more!
4:15-5:45PM - Mirrorless Makeup
Pre-reg: $25
Door: $30
Description: Bring your makeup bag, a little sass, & join ACB Students as we share vision-free tips for out of sight makeup! Sit at our conference table-turned-vanity where mirrors are not required! FREE giveaways are included!

Monday, July 3rd
1:15-2:45PM - ACBS Business Meeting
4:15-5:45PM - Moot Trial
Description: AAVIA, GDUI, and ACBS will present a moot trial regarding the rights of guide dog handlers. Attorneys from AAVIA will portray the attorneys and the judges; members of GDUI and ACBS will portray the witnesses.  After the trial, the audience will issue a decision. 
Tuesday, July 4th
1:15-2:45pm - Passport To New Worlds
Pre-reg: $6
Door: $8
Description: Are you interested in a study abroad or do you wish you had? Join us as we explore the wide array of study abroad opportunities available today while simultaneously discovering the impact of the travel ban on people who are blind and visually impaired.

Wednesday, July 5th
1:15-2:45PM - Smartphone Fitness
Pre-reg: $8
Door: $10
Description: Exercise for your mind, body, & spirit? There's an app for all of that! Get a total workout-keep Active, uplifted, & bright using a device that rests in the palm of your hand. Access fitness anywhere for a healthy life!
9:15-10:45PM - ACBS Comedy Night
Pre-reg: $16
Door: $18
Description: Come out and end convention week on a high note. Join ACBS for a night of laughs – and if you’re so inclined – libations. A cash bar is available. Pre-registration gets you an automatic entry into the drawing for our grand prize. The winner must be present.