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.
The most recent DCCB member meeting took place on May 11. The speaker was Beth Ziebarth, Director of the Smithsonian Accessibility Program. The Accessibility Program supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s
programs, collections and facilities.
The prior DCCB meeting was held on March 9. The speaker was Scott Marshall who spoke about Aira. Using a mobile app and a smart phone or smart glasses, Aira connects clients who are visually impaired with trained sighted agents who can assist them remotely with all sorts of visual tasks. People who are visually impaired are using Aira for everything from matching clothes to running marathons.
An informal meeting of DCCB members took place on January 12. Due to inclement weather, a quorum was not obtained. The members present discussed how to honor Marilyn Lutter, DCCB's President Emeritus, who recently died; donations in her honor should be made to the American Council of the Blind. Members also considered sources for future speakers and possible charitable gifts.
DCCB held its annual holiday party at the Parthenon, 5510 Connecticut Ave., NW, on December 15 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Participants brought small exchange gifts valued at about $10. Everyone had a jolly good time.
A DCCB member meeting took place on November 10. The guest speaker was John Scott Marshall, a blind attorney, who spoke about adapting to living with a disability. Following his speech, various committees were established to address local issues.
The prior member meeting occurred on September 8. The main focus of the meeting was travel opportunities for visually impaired persons to go to the Caribbean. The last ACB convention and recruitment were also discussed.
Applications for the 2019 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship are now open. College students with disabilities who are pursuing a career in media, communications, or entertainment are encouraged to apply. Comcast NBCUniversal Impact is making these scholarships possible. The deadline to apply is June 6. For more information, visit the web site at:
Individuals who are blind or have low vision are invited to serve as volunteer user/experts to interact with, and comment on the accessibility of new or recently updated exhibits at museums and other Smithsonian venues. In recent months, volunteers have met at various Smithsonian museums on the Mall and at the National Zoo to review and give their feedback on the accessibility of proposed interactive displays, tactile exhibits, and smartphone audio description apps. Volunteers are called on several times a year for sessions that last 2 to 3 hours. They are asked to sign a confidentiality form, and are almost always offered a modest monetary honorarium (usually $50). For more information contact Eugenia Esch, Smithsonian volunteer (on Tuesdays) at Access Smithsonian, SI. She can be reached at (202) 633-2946 or EschE@si.edu
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance. MWE will provide audio description for the May 25 2:00 PM performance of The Oresteia at Shakespeare Theatre Sidney Harman Hall, the June 2 2:00 PM performance of The Children at Studio Theatre Metheny and the June 15 2:00 PM performance of A Doll's House, Part 2 at Round House Theatre Bethesda. 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: