DCCB has scheduled upcoming member meetings on 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.
The most recent 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 prior 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
Registration is open for Camp Lighthouse. This year, camp will take place from Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, running from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM each day. In this week-long program, children ages 6 to 12, who are blind or visually impaired, enjoy the total summer camp experience! At the Silver Spring YMCA; they participate in a variety of activities such as games, swimming, painting, science experiments, and playground time. Teens, ages 13 to 15, who are blind or visually impaired, can also participate in Camp Lighthouse as Counselors in Training (CIT). CITs will have the opportunity to earn Service Learning hours. For registration, contact Patti Lyman at email@example.com.
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 April 21 2:00 PM performance of Master Harold...and the Boys at Round House Theatre Bethesda, the April 21 2:00 PM performance of Two Trains Running at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center and the April 22 2:00 PM performance of Translations at Studio Theatre. 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: