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 held its most recent 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.
The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) in partnership with several agencies will host the 12th Annual Mayor's Disability and Diversity Expo on Thursday, October 24, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The purpose of this free event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities, complete with informational sessions and over 40 exhibitors. This year’s Expo will highlight the important initiatives and programs offered throughout the District including a graduation ceremony of this year’s cohort of certified ADA Coordinators. Learn from experts during a panel discussion on service animals, entrepreneurship, benefits counseling, and transitioning from school into the workforce. Doors will open at 9:30 AM with a 1-hour program beginning at 10:00 AM. Lunch will be served. The event will take place at the University of the District of Columbia Student Center, located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington. To register, visit the web site at:
The 2nd annual Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind “Lighting the Way” Gala will take place on October 29 at the Embassy of France. Chris Downey will give the keynote address. He is an architect with over 30 years of practice - continuing without sight since 2008. He specializes in universal design for projects specifically for the blind and visually impaired including blind rehabilitation centers, eye clinics and schools for the blind.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts a summer internship program in which it places college students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities in internship with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. And AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC and fully-accessible housing. The application deadline for the 2020 program is November 4. The link to apply is:
Join Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) and the Low Vision Specialists of MD & VA (LVS) for the Opening Night of their exhibit, Beyond Sight on Wednesday, November 13, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street in Northwest Washington. This exhibition showcases the creative capabilities of local artists including Aaron Cox, Lawrence Harrison, and Pamela Steed, who are visually impaired. Additionally, hear live poetry performed by Dave Steele (The Blind Poet), an award-winning blind author of more than 700 poems and songs dealing with the fears and struggles associated with vision loss.
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance. MWE has arranged for discount tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies at Arena Stage on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 PM. Please let MWE know if you are interested. MWE will provide audio description for the November 9 2:00 PM performance of Right to Be Forgotten at Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center , the November 9 2:00 PM performance of Everybody at the Shakespeare: Lansburgh Theatre, the November 17 2:00 PM performance of Rent at National Theater, the November 23 2:00 PM performance of Newsies at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center and the November 30 2:00 PM performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time 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: