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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.

The most recent DCCB meeting was held on March 9.  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.  People who are visually impaired are using Aira for everything from matching clothes to running marathons.

An informal meeting of DCCB members took place on January 12.  Due to inclement weather, a quorum was not obtained.  The members present discussed how to honor Marilyn Lutter, DCCB's President Emeritus, who recently died; donations in her honor should be made to the American Council of the Blind.  Members also considered sources for future speakers and possible charitable gifts.

DCCB held its annual holiday party at the Parthenon, 5510 Connecticut Ave., NW, on December 15 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  Participants brought small exchange gifts valued at about $10.  Everyone had a jolly good time.

A DCCB member meeting took place on November 10.  The guest speaker was John Scott Marshall, a blind attorney, who spoke about adapting to living with a disability.  Following his speech, various committees were established to address local issues.

The prior member meeting occurred 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.

ACB NOVA Chapter will host a Pizza and Trivia Night on Saturday, March 30, from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church, 8601 Wolf Trap Rd, Vienna, VA.  Enter the main driveway from Wolf Trap Rd, take the 1st left off the driveway, go straight, to the school which will be on your right, and enter the room labeled
Counsel Room 2 downstairs.  Tickets cost $30 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door; the deadline for advance ticket purchase is March 23.  Tickets are 1/2 price for children.  Tickets include all your food – variety of pizza, veggie trays and dip as well as desserts.  Drinks are available for purchase (cash only) during the event, – soda and water $1.00, wine and beer $5.00.  Everyone come out and join for a fun night of trivia games, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.  The goal is to raise money for community outreach and scholarship programs.  For more information, call (571) 419-7737 or email blindmarie@icloud.com

The John Hudson Internship Program is a paid summer internship program in Fairfax County Government agencies for college students and recent graduates with disabilities.  Application materials are due on April 14.  For more information, contact Jill Clark at jill.clark@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  MWE will provide audio description for the March 23 2:00 PM performance of Vanity Fair at Shakespeare Theatre, the March 26 7:30 PM performance of Into the Woods at Ford's Theatre, the March 30 12:00 PM performance of Madeline and the Bad Hat at Olney Theater Historic Stage, the March 31 2:00 PM performance of A Bronx Tale at National Theater, the April 7 2:00 PM performance of Queen of Basel at Studio Theatre Milton, the April 13 2:00 PM performance of JQA at Arena Stage Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center and the April 24 8:00 PM performance of A comedy of Tenors at Olney Theatre Center.  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