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The next DCCB members meeting will be held on November 11.  The meeting will start with lunch at noon followed by the business meeting from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  It will be held at the community room at Wilshire Park Condominiums located at 3701 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Please call Oral Miller at (202) 363-8334 by November 8 if you would like to order a lunch for $10.

The most recent DCCB member meeting took place on September 9.  Red Cross guest speaker Jeffrey Moody discussed CPR and what would be covered in a possible training class, the time of which will be determined later.  Tariq McLeish reported that a Facebook page for DCCB has been set up which is being administered by Francisco Lima until Erica McLeish can take over this function.  Sandra Sermons will be page editor.  Sandra Spalletta will continue to edit DCCB's web site.  Francisco Lima also demonstrated a web radio service that he would let DCCB use for free for potentially broadcasting its meetings or other content.  He will put the link on the DCCB E-mail list.  officers and Board members were elected.

The Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia will sponsor a program to describe new voice assistants from Amazon, Google and Microsoft on September 20 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Assistive Technology Resource/Demo Center for the District of Columbia, 220 I Street, NE, Suite 120.  Please RSVP for this event by September 19 by calling Sheena at (202) 547-0198, Ext 105 or emailing to

The Disability Community Outreach Collaborative (DCOC) meetup for September will take place on Thursday, September 21, from 10:00 AM until noon at the Office of Disability Rights, 441 4th Street, led by Mercia Bowser-Bah and Gerald Barnes.  The Disability Outreach Collaborative is bringing together Disability organizations from the DC area.

The Department on Disability Services Resource Fair will take place on October 5 from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.  Learn about support services available from service providers offering transition support for students, adult day activities and support, housing services, clinical and wellness services, financial literacy, and employment services.

The Maryland Virginia Mid-Atlantic American Council of the Blind Conference will take place from October 6 through October 8 at Crowne Plaza Old Town, 901 North Fairfax Street, in Alexandria.  The theme for this year’s conference is "LISTEN LEARN LIVE."  Share in what is new in technology and educate yourself with what is going on throughout the state and community. You think you know your rights as a Blind person, come and find out who do I contact and where do I go for this or that?  Do you need to learn more about cooking or self-defense?  How about that iPhone and apps or how do I change this or that.  Are you interested in getting a guide dog or just need to ask a question?  A fabulous exhibit area is planned as well as a demonstration on Humanware’s new Braille Touch.  For registration and more information, contact Jane Sheehan, Registration Coordinator, at (301) 589-2131.


The Technology User Group (TUG) at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is pleased to announce that the October 14 Presentation will be held in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The production entitled Accessible Gifts for the Holidays will be held at the Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road, from 10:00 AM until noon.

The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  It will describe the action in the September 20 8:00 PM and October 14 2:00 PM performances of In The Heights at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage, the October 3 7:30 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: