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DCCB has scheduled upcoming member meetings on March 10, May 12, 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.

CPR training will be offered on January 20 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the community room at Wilshire Park Condominiums located at 3701 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Please bring snacks, water, and a towel or mat and call Oral Miller at (202) 363-8334 by January 17 if you would like to attend.

The most recent DCCB meeting took place on January 13.  Todd Tolson offered to assist members in ordering groceries from Instacart by phone.

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.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Employment Committee and the NFB of the District of Columbia will host its 5th Annual Career Fair at 2018 Washington Seminar on January 29 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW.  4.  For more information, contact Event Coordinator Janice Forbes at janiceforbes2012@gmail.com

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has a great opportunity for students who are legally blind to earn a scholarship, whether you are going to a technical college, an entering freshman, undergraduate or a graduate student.  Over $45,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year.  To be eligible, you need to be legally blind in both eyes, maintain a 3.3 GPA, and be involved in your school/local community.  The application must be submitted no later than February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central time.  For more information, contact Dee Theien in the ACB national office at (612) 332-3242 or (800) 866-3242.

ACB will host its annual  midyear conference in late February.  ACB affiliate presidents and leaders will meet on February 25, followed by the legislative seminar on February 26.  The group will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress on February 27.  Those who wish to arrive a day early may also sit in on the ACB board of directors meeting, which is held the day prior to the conference.  For more information, visit the registration page at:

https://goo.gl/P1a2gb.

If you have questions about scheduling meetings with your members of Congress, contact Anthony Stephens, ACB’s Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, at astephens@acb.org

The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  It has made arrangements to describe the 7:30 PM performance of The Wiz at Ford's Theatre on March 27 at a discounted ticket price of only $30; please contact MWE now if you are interested in attending.  MWE will also describe the action in the January 27 2:00 PM performance of Sovereignty at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the February 3 2:00 PM performance of Jefferson's Garden at Ford's Theatre, the February 10 2:00 PM performance of Hamlet at Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall, the February 10 2:00 PM performance of Handbagged at Round House Theatre Bethesda, the February 11 2:00 PM performance of Something Rotten at National Theater, the February 17 2:00 PM performance of The Great Society at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center, the February 18 2:00 PM performance of The Wolves at Studio Theatre and the February 21 8:00 PM performance of Aubergine at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage.  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:

 http://acbradio.org/DCCB