Meeting Minutes: June 15, 2020

Heartland Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana

Meeting minutes recorded by Sandy Adams, Secretary

Virtual meeting via Zoom on June 15, 2020

Present:  Mike Adams, Sandy Adams, (secretary), Ted Boardman (president), Michelle Bright, Bill Fierman (treasurer), Barbara Salisbury, Rhett Salisbury, Mary Stores, Kathy Tappero (vice president), Paul Tappero, Sherry Wells

Sherry Wells introduced Ann Parsons (owner of Portal Tutoring) who presented an informative and detailed description of how to start your own business. She followed her copyrighted outline to share specific information and her personal experiences in starting her business. Ann answered questions and responded to comments of the attendees.

Ted encouraged participation in the national ACB convention July 3-10, 2020. This will be a virtual convention. Ted emailed the preregistration details to the group previously.

Barbara is involved with the Transportation Committee for the ACB convention. They have put together a number of presentations about transportation issues that will be of interest to visually impaired individuals.

The status of the 2020 ACB Indiana & Ohio state convention is undecided awaiting more COVID-19 developments. Barbara encouraged individuals to visit ACB Indiana.org and sign up for the email list for timely emails. Voting accessibility issues are being addressed on the state level, specifically vote by mail accessible to the visually impaired.

The ADA 30-year anniversary at the end of July will be a virtual celebration.

Topic for a future meeting might be BT Access changes.

A possibility for a social gathering on August 22, 2020 at Oliver Winery was also mentioned, as well as a picnic in the park. Social distancing in the outdoors are preferable activities.

Meeting adjourned.

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