ACB Link connects members and friends of the American Council of the Blind. With ACB Link, you can:
1) Access valuable resources offered by the American Council of the Blind
2) Get push notifications designed to keep you in the know about late-breaking news items of value to ACB members and friends
3) Easily and conveniently connect to the state and special-interest affiliates of the American Council of the Blind via the app's affiliate tab
4) Be informed and entertained by the programming available from ACB Radio's various channels via the radio tab
5) Play ACB podcasts on demand so you never again have to miss information that enhances your life and increases your independence
6) Gain valuable information that focuses on dealing with sight loss, whether you're facing vision loss yourself or have an elderly parent or relative who is.
ACB Link is intuitive, easy to use, and fully accessible with VoiceOver, Apple's screen reader built into iOS.
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) was founded in 1961 but many of its state affiliates and local chapters have a history that can be traced back to the 1880s. Since its inception, ACB and its affiliates have been at the forefront in advocating for programs and policies that have created the opportunities blind and visually impaired Americans now enjoy. The American Council of the Blind believes in the acceptance of all blind persons irrespective of where they are in their adjustment to blindness. We value every person for their individual strengths, abilities, and accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing ACB Link serve as a further vehicle of communication and interaction among all members of the ACB community and among those with questions and concerns about sight loss.
This version fixes a bug that causes the app to crash in iOS 12.
Ratings and Reviews
Great concept, but needs work.
This is a great app in concept, but I think the developers came at it from a Windows (or anything but iOS) Background; therefore, it needs some work. If you wish to listen to a live stream on ACB Radio—or a podcast—here’s what you go through. First, select the “Radio” tab at the base of the screen. Next, choose the “Menu” button _near _the _upper _left _corner of the screen, _not the “Menu” button a bit farther down on the screen. Then, choose either “Live Streams” or “Podcasts”. Choose the stream or podcast you wish to use, and finally hit the “Play” button in the upper left of the screen. When you wish to go to something else (and this first step is crucial), _you _must _pause the current item, unless you want to risk having two streams playing simultaneously. Then, hit that same “Menu” button (upper left corner) again, then again choose “Live Stream” or “Podcast”, and again choose an item. All of the really relevant items for the app are in the uppermost part of the screen, except for the tabs at the base. Most of the items in the central portion of the screen are mainly for the benefit of computer users, and some of them barely work with iOS. Thus, the app is more than a bit confusing. As for that “Menu” button nearer the center of the screen: it’s buggy at best, and has nothing to do with listening to radio streams or podcasts. If you choose “Tutorial” from that menu at the top, you encounter something that hasn’t been updated since the appp was in beta testing (three or four years ago), so it is terribly out of date. The situation is similar if you choose “Instructions”, which only shows you part of the process. Don’t get me wrong: I love the app, as one can gain a lot of wonderful information—and enjoyment—from it. But, it needs some updating, as does the website as a whole. Just don’t expect it to be easy to use at this point. There should be a way to stay within “Live Streams” or “Podcasts” in order to go from one item to another. The stuff in the center of the screen just clutters the area specifically concerning ACB Radio, and really should have its own tab or be in the Home tab. Great concept! Great information! Needs work! I suggest having some actual VoiceOver users on the committee when the next update comes out, and not just people who know VoiceOver only in theory.”
This app would be better if they scrapped the whole thing.
For an app that is supposed to be for the blind or visually impaired, it's impossible. The instructions are difficult, because even if you follow them verbatim, you don't get where they say you're supposed to go. I missed the description of yesterday's eclipse because though I followed the instructions verbatim, as did a sighted person who was right there with me, we couldn't get there. We could see what was supposedly playing, but never actually got to hear any of it. From what I understand, I'm not the only one who missed it because of the impossible instructions for finding it. So far, nobody that I have asked was able to find the eclipse feed.
Maybe just I’m having this problem.
The app keeps crashing when I try to open it. I uninstall and then reinstall it and the same thing keeps happening.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.