Glenwood Springs to host state convention for the visually impaired April 16-17 |

Glenwood Springs to host state convention for the visually impaired April 16-17

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood will be host to the annual convention for the state of Colorado’s leading advocacy group for the blind and visually impaired next month.

The American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO) will hold its state convention April 16 and 17 at the Hotel Colorado, bringing a variety of speakers and exhibitors to help the visually impaired with the most up-to-date information and adaptive aids and services.

“We’ll have speakers from all over the Western Slope and Colorado,” said Jan Ward of Glenwood Springs, who sits on the ACBCO board and was instrumental in bringing the convention to the Western Slope.

Among the speakers will be Nancy Smith, head of Denver Rehabilitation Services, and Linda Taylor, executive director of the Center for Independence in Grand Junction.

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Locally, Dr. J. Ryan Zwelling, a low vision specialist working with 20/20 Eyecare, will be speaking. There will also be speakers on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a guide dog trainer, and a special grief session.

Mitch Pomerantz, president of the national organization of the ACB, will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet to close the convention.

Among the exhibitors will be vendors for a variety of computer software to assist the vision impaired, as well as magnification devices, Ward said.

“We want to open the world for people with vision disabilities,” said Ward, who is visually impaired herself.

Most of the participants will be coming from the Denver, many by Amtrak train and arriving in Glenwood Springs on April 15, she said. There will be a meet-and-greet at the Hotel Colorado that evening, and the convention will begin the following morning.

Cost for the convention is $60 for ACBCO members, and $70 for nonmembers. The Center for Independence is offering scholarships for those who would like to attend but can’t afford the fee.

For more information about the convention, contact Ward at 618-6255, or contact the ACBCO in Denver toll-free at 1 (888) 775-2221. Information is also available on the ACBCO website at

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