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DCCB members held a  meeting on June 3.  The meeting started with lunch at noon followed by the business meeting from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  It was held at the community room at Wilshire Park Condominiums located at 3701 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Preparation for the upcoming ACB annual convention was discussed as well as the use of social media and social events to increase membership.  Other committee reports were given.  Ed Miller from Comcast talked about its accessibility features.

The prior DCCB meeting was held on April 29.  A lively debate occurred over the status of life time members.  Technology issues were also mentioned and some planning for the upcoming ACB annual convention was done.

The DCCB March meeting took place on March 11.  Discussion included highlights from the ACB midyear meeting, updating contact information, the use of technology to recruit new members and other DCCB housekeeping matters. 

DCCB's winter meeting took place on February 4.  Ray Raysor  reported on his activities and auctioned donated play tickets to raise funds for DCCB.  A discussion of possible technology uses and updates also occurred.  Dates for future meetings were decided.

DCCB hosted its annual holiday party on December 10 from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM at The Residences At Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Ave., NW.  Lunch included cream of tomato soup, grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, French fries, and cheesecake, with beverage choice of coffee, tea or soft drinks.  Christmas carols were sung to piano music.  Marilyn Lutter read "A Guide Dog's Night Before Christmas" and Sandra Sermons described Kwanza.  Door prizes were distributed by the Mc Leish boys. 

 
The  Eclipse Soundscapes Project from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium will deliver a multisensory experience of the lunar eclipse which will occur on August 21.  The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental
sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.
 
The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center,has arranged for Dr. Joel Snyder to host “A Total Eclipse — Audio Described” eclipse program on August 21 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM on ACB Radio. Snyder, the director of ACB’s Audio Description Project, will present an hour of songs (“Ain’t Got No Sunshine,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Blinded by the Light,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” etc.), interviews and special guests — with the main event being described live from the Tennessee School for the Blind between 2:15 PM and 2:45 PM.  Trained audio describer, Nashville-based Julia Cawthon, will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in.  To access,
  1. Online - Go to http://www.acbradio.org/interactive and select “Click Here to Play.” Then be sure to select the link that opens the player that you use to listen to music or stream internet radio stations.
  2. Telephone - You can also listen on any telephone by dialing (605) 475-8130 and select option 4. If you are using an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, install “ACB Link”; open the app, select the radio tab and then tap on the menu button. Select “live streams” and “ACB Radio Interactive,” select the play button and the stream will launch.

The National Park Service will sponsor a Multisensory Nature Walk on August 25 at Theodore Roosevelt Island from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  The walk will focus on multisensory components, mostly auditory, tactile and olfactory components.  No sight is needed for this event. It will also include some history of the island.  Please RSVP to rachel_lequire@nps.gov and let her know if you need a human guide or will be meeting her at Rosslyn metro. 
 
Fairfax County will sponsor an Open House/Technology and Disability Fair on September 7 from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM at Access Services, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.  The fair will feature representatives from county agencies and organizations and vendors from companies that can assist the low vision and differently-abled communities.  The keynote speaker will be Karen Keninger, the Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

MWE will provide audio description for various plays.  It will provide audio description for the August 26 2:00 PM performance of Othello at Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall (For free tickets, Either call the box office at (202) 547-1122, state that you are visually impaired and reserve the desired number of seats or send an e-mail to STCBox@ShakespeareTheatre.org with the same information and the reserved tickets will be held at the box office.), the September 20 8:00 PM performance of In The Heights at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage, the October 3 7:30 PM and October 14 2:00 PM performances of Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre, the October 7 2:00 PM performance of Native Gardens at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the October 8 2:00 PM performance of Skeleton Crew at Studio Theatre, the October 14 2:00 PM performance of I'll Get You Back Again at Round House Theatre Bethesda, the October 18 8:00 PM performance of Our Town at Olney Theatre Center – Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, the October 21 2:00 PM performance of The Price at Arena Stage Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center and the October 21 2:00 PM performance of Pinter Plays The Lover and The Collection at Shakespeare Lansburgh 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:

 http://acbradio.org/DCCB