DCCB has scheduled upcoming member meetings on July 21 and September 8, 2018. All meetings will start at noon and run until approximately 3:00 PM. They will be held in the community room at Wilshire Park Condominiums located at 3701 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
The most recent DCCB member meeting took place on May 12. Claire Stanley, ACB’s new Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, talked about her work at the national office. Plans were made for participants at the upcoming ACB annual convention and a potential brochure for the chapter was discussed.
The prior DCCB member meeting took place on March 10. Robert Branam from the DC Department of Homeland Security discussed emergency preparedness. Members asked why more efforts were not being taken to assist people with disabilities. The official acknowledged more needs to be done in this regard. Various members gave reports about the ACB mid-year conference.
The winter DCCB meeting took place on January 13. Todd Tolson offered to assist members in ordering groceries from Instacart by phone. Jeanette Gerard encouraged members to give either Sandra Sermons or her books and magazines for sending to blind children in Tanzania.
DCCB held a holiday party on December 16 at The Residences at Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Lunch consisted of Cream of tomato soup, choice of hamburger, cheese burger or veggie burger served with fries, and cheesecake. Door prizes were given to everyone. Holiday songs were sung and special guest Scott Marshall told the story of blind Paul at Christmas Time
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind & the MG Car Club Washington DC Centre will host the 56th Annual Braille Car Rally on Saturday, July 21, at Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. The Rallye will begin at 10:00 AM; please arrive promptly at 9:30 AM. Adults and youth who are blind or have low vision are invited to participate as navigators, reading directions in Braille or large print to their assigned drivers of classic automobiles. A picnic and awards will follow the Rally which will conclude around 1:30 PM.
Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building located at 10 First Street, SE on August 7 from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM. The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent, who uses vivid language to describe the building. For more information, call the Visitor Services Office at (202) 707-9779 or visit the web site :
The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing each individual’s voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy. The Deadline to Apply is September 4. For more information and a link to the application form, visit the web site:
The Newseum has a new tactile exhibit entitled "The Marines and Tet: The Battle that Changed the Vietnam War". The exhibit will feature 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 Tet Offensive and 10 tactile versions of those photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound.
The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance. MWE will describe the action in the July 28 7:45 PM performance of H.M.S. Pinafore at Olney Theatre Center – Mulitz- Gudelsky Theatre Lab and the August 11 2:00 PM performance of Dave at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center. See the link Recreation and Entertainment on this site for more information about MWE and its program offerings.
DCCB held its 2015 annual convention on October 24 from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM at the National Education Association's conference center. Chen Guangchengauthor of “The Barefoot Lawyer-A Blind Man’s Fight For Justice and Freedom in China”, was the keynote lunchtime speaker. Janet LaBreck, commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, informed the attendees about how the Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act will help educate and train youths about potential career paths. Paul Schroeder from the American Foundation for the Blind advised on where legislation of interest stands and how to lobby for passage. Sports activities were also presented, Sarah Presley describing the Out of Sight Dragons dragon boat team, Karla Gilbride describing goalball and other offerings from the Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes and Ed reeder describing the DC Blind Bowlers league. Judy Dixon and Mark Reumann demonstrated many useful apps for the IPhone on the technology panel while Joel Snyder detailed the process used in audio describing shows and events. Jocelyn Hunter, Olivia Norman and Eddie Martinez from the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind described its new programs. Exhibitors showed their wares. Door prizes and a cake raffle were popular items.
The archives for the 100th anniversary of DCCB can be found at: