DCCB will schedule upcoming member meetings on Saturdays starting in November. 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 September 8. The main focus of the meeting was travel opportunities for visually impaired persons to go to the Caribbean. The last ACB convention and recruitment were also discussed.
The prior DCCB member meeting was held on May 12. Claire Stanley, ACB’s new Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, talked about her work at the national office. Plans were made for participants at the upcoming ACB annual convention and a potential brochure for the chapter was discussed.
Another 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 winter 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.
The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance. MWE will describe the action in the October 2 7:30 PM and October 13 2:00 PM performances of Born Yesterday at Ford’s Theatre, the October 3 2:00 PM performance of South Pacific at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage, the October 10 7:45 PM performance of Labour of Love at Olney Theatre Center – Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, the October 14 2:00 PM performance of Tuna Christmas at Vinson Hall Theatre, the October 14 2:00 PM performance of If I Forget at Studio Theatre Metheny, the October 20 2:00 PM performance of The Comedy Of Errors at Shakespeare Theatre and the October 20 2:00 PM performance of How I Learned to Drive at Round House 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: