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DCCB will schedule upcoming member meetings on Saturdays.  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.

DCCB's most recent meeting took place on Saturday, November 9.  The guest  speaker came from the Department of For-Hire Vehicles.  The mission of the Department of For-Hire Vehicles is to protect public interest by regulating the vehicle-for-hire industry to allow the citizens and visitors of the District of Columbia to have safe, affordable, and accessible transportation options.

DCCB held its prior meeting on Saturday, September 14.  The guest speaker was Jordan Pascale,  WAMU’s transportation reporter.  He discussed the future trends in transportation across the DMV.  DCCB members had an opportunity to talk with him about how changes to bus service, rail service taxis,  share ride services autonomous cars, and more might impact blind or visually impaired people as  they commute to work, shop, and  visit friends or family.  Officers and directors were elected.

Renwick Gallery is offering a docent-led free tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision on Sunday, December 22, from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM.  The gallery is located at Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW.  Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.  For more information, contact:

SAAMAccess@si.edu.

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance – in the form of plays, screenplays or music theater.  Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experiences.  Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12/ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  Winners will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and the nation’s premier collegiate playwrights as well as participating in master classes and networking opportunities throughout the Festival.  The application deadline is January 2.  Learn more about the 2020 Playwright Discover Award Program and how to apply at:

https://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/playwright_d....

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 $55,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year.  To be eligible, you need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be involved in your school/local community.  Scholarship winners will experience firsthand ACB’s national conference and convention in July, where you will meet other students who share the same life experiences, create lasting friendships, and network with individuals who understand what you are going through and can help you with your journey.  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year can be submitted online now through February 14 at 11:59 PM Central time.  All interested candidates must register for a new ACB account prior to submitting a scholarship application online.  To register, Visit:

https://members.acb.org
 
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  MWE will provide audio description for the December 8 2:00 PM performance of Christmas Revels at GW Lisner Auditorium, the December 8 2:00 PM performance of White Pearl at Studio Theatre, the December 11 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM performances of Singin' in the Rain at Olney Theatre Center: Mainstage, the December 14 2:00 PM performance of Woman in Black at Shakespeare: Lansburgh Theatre, the December 15 2:00 PM performance of Fiddler on the Roof at National Theater, the December 18 7:45 PM performance of A Christmas Carol at Olney Theatre Center: Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, the December 21 2:00 PM performance of Dear Jack, Dear Louise at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the December 28 2:00 PM performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre and the December 28 2:00 PM performance of Peter Pan at Shakespeare Theatre: Sidney Harman Hall.  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