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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 a meeting on Saturday, January 11.  The speaker was Paul Schroeder, Director, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances for 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.  With more Aira promotions and with more businesses providing free Aira service, Aira has become an invaluable tool for more and more of us.

DCCB's prior meeting took place on Saturday, November 9.  The guest  speaker was Jerry Kasunic, Administrative Officer for the Department of For-Hire Vehicles.  The mission of the Department of For-Hire Vehicles is to protect public interest by regulating the vehicle-for-hire industry to allow the citizens and visitors of the District of Columbia to have safe, affordable, and accessible transportation options.  It runs Transport D.C. which provides low-cost taxi cab transportation for people with disabilities.  See the link Transportation and Mobility on this site for more information about Transport D.C.

DCCB held another 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 American Council of the Blind (ACB) is seeking a full-time Director of Development to work in its national office in Alexandria.  The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and work in conjunction with the ACB team in the areas of fundraising, resource development and public relations.  To learn more about this position and how to apply, please visit:

https://acb.org/vacancy-announcement-director-development.

The American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) is partnering with Coca-Cola to launch its annual Summer Internship Program.  The program is for students and recent graduates with disabilities at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC offices.  In addition to the internship placement, participants will be provided with a living stipend, will receive an orientation in DC and be matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals.  The application deadline is January 31stand the link to apply is:

https://aapd1995.wufoo.com/forms/2020-cocacola-aapd-summer-internship-program/.

The National Federation of the Blind hosts the Washington Seminar Career Fare on Monday, February 10, from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM at Holiday Inn Washington Capitol, 550 C Street, SW, in Washington.  Register at:

https://www.nfb.org/form/career-fair-jobseeker-registration
 
ACB has a great opportunity for students who are legally blind to earn a scholarship, whether you are going to a technical college, an entering freshman, undergraduate or a graduate student.  Over $55,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year.  To be eligible, you need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be involved in your school/local community.  Scholarship winners will experience firsthand ACB’s national conference and convention in July, where you will meet other students who share the same life experiences, create lasting friendships, and network with individuals who understand what you are going through and can help you with your journey.  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year can be submitted online now through February 14 at 11:59 PM Central time.  All interested candidates must register for a new ACB account prior to submitting a scholarship application online.  To register, Visit:

https://members.acb.org
 
ACBA will hold its 2020 DC Leadership Meetings starting with a Board meeting on Saturday, February 22, followed by Affiliate Presidents’ Meeting on Sunday, February 23, Legislative Seminar on Monday, February 24 and Meeting with Legislators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, February 25.  The meetings are held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 625 First Street, Alexandria.  Register at:

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/DCLeadershipmeeting

Delta Gamma will hold its annual chili cook-off and Bingo night on Saturday, February 22 from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  The cost is $40 per ticket until January 16 when the price increases.  Delta Gamma's mission is to help people with vision challenges. Please consider attending their annual Chili Cook-Off / Bingo fundraiser to help visually challenged students in DC.

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, annually awards three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to fulltime college students - an incoming freshman, an undergraduate and a graduate student - all of whom must be low vision, maintain a strong GPA and be involved in school/local community activities.  Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time March 15.  Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2020 -  2021 academic year.  To access the guidelines, application and vision certification form, visit http://cclvi.org and click on the Scheigert Scholarship link. Questions may be directed to 844-460-0625.  

The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  MWE will provide audio description for the February 1 2:00 PM performance of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the February 1 2:00 PM performance of Spring Awakening at Round House Theatre Bethesda, the February 4 7:30 PM and February 15 2:00 PM performances of Silent Sky at Ford's Theatre, the February 12 performance of Miss You Like Hell at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage, the February 16 2:00 PM performance of The King's Speech at National Theater, the February 16 2:00 PM performance of Pipeline at Studio Theatre and the February 22 2:00 PM performance of Mother Road at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center.  See the link Recreation and Entertainment on this site for more information about MWE and its program offerings.

The archives for the 100th anniversary of DCCB can be found at:

 http://acbradio.org/DCCB