Austin Council of the Blind

Sub-chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Texas

Our Mission

ACB Logo is of a man walking with a white cane on the upper left and a woman walking with a guide dog on the upper right.  The outline of the Capitol is centered below the two figures.

Organized in 1978, the purpose of Austin Council of the Blind is to provide educational and informational programs and improve accessibility and independence for the blind and visually impaired. Things ACB does:

  • Support Services for the Blind
  • Scholarships for Blind Students
  • Assistive Technnology grants
  • Braille Equipment
  • Mobility Canes
  • Educational Programs
  • Children Braille Books
  • Advocacy
  • Referral Services

2020 Scholarships

 Three or more scholarships are given each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 to blind and visually impaired students attending a college or university in Austin or Travis County. Recipients must:

  • Be a high school graduate or attending a college or university
  • Be blind or visually impaired
  • Be furthering their employability by acquiring new skills through higher education.
  • Be attending a college or university in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate degree program of study, attending a graduate program or, in specialized situations, enrolled in a certification program at a proprietary institution.
  • Have demonstrated financial need.

If you are interested in receiving one of the Austin Council of the Blind scholarships, please download and complete the 2020 Scholarship application

2020 Assistive Technology Grant

The Austin Council of the blind will award one or more Assistive Technology grants in 2020. Applications must be received by August 14, 2020. If you would like to apply for this grant, please download and complete the Austin Council of the Blind 2020 Assistive Technology application.

Board Members


Dennis Simms, President

Steven Salas, Vice President

Stephen Kerr, Secretary

Margarine Beaman, Treasurer

Chris Prentice, Past President

Board of Directors

Patty Temmerman

Charles Shavers

Antoinette Cervantes


A huge thanks to the following organizations for supporting us:

Logo for Austin LightHouse
Logo for BBVA Compass
Logo for IBC Bank

If your company is interested in supporting our mission, please email Margarine Beaman at Oleo50@hotma for more information.