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 its most recent 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.
On Thursday, September 26, at 10:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Mountain, 12:00 PM Central and 1:00 PM Eastern times, the Editor and staff of AFB's technology
magazine, AccessWorld, will discuss the resources you can rely on for information about
technology and visual impairment. Learn about accessible technology you can use to keep your home secure, strategies for using the Amazon Echo and
Google Home, how to identify objects around your home, basic swipe gestures for new iPhone users, new phone options available from Jitterbug, and
tips for buying your first accessible computer, smartphone, or
tablet, and much more. This is a virtual event; you can join by computer or phone. It is open to all adults 60+ at no-cost. To join by computer or Smart
Phone using Zoom:
https://esc.zoom.us/j/7887887778(link is external)
To join by phone: Call: (646) 558-8656 or (888) 974-9888
Enter Code: 788-788-7778 #
To check out AccessWorld's senior-focused issue, visit its web site at:
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/2(link is external)
The Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) is planning a couple of hikes to take place in October and would like to get a sense of who is interested in attending. Its usual Great Falls hike, organized by Tori Kalinski, is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19. The following weekend MWABA will be taking a trip up to Frederick, MD to check out a sensory nature trail on Sunday, October 27, at 11:00 AM. If you’d like to attend either or both events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2nd annual Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind “Lighting the Way” Gala will take place on October 29 at the Embassy of France. Chris Downey will give the keynote address. He is an architect with over 30 years of practice - continuing without sight since 2008. He specializes in universal design for projects specifically for the blind and visually impaired including blind rehabilitation centers, eye clinics and schools for the blind.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts a summer internship program in which it places college students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities in internship with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. And AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC and fully-accessible housing. The application deadline for the 2020 program is November 4. The link to apply is:
The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab at Johns Hopkins University is seeking participants for an MRI research study on cognition and brain plasticity. The goal of this research is to investigate how the brain adapts to the absence of vision. For this particular study, they it is seeking research participants who were born with normal vision and lost their sight during adulthood. Participating in this study involves traveling to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and doing an MRI scan. The scan session lasts one to three hours. During the scans, participants listen to stories and sounds, and then answer questions about what they hear. Participants are compensated $30 per hour for their time with a pre-paid bank card after the scan session. All travel and lodging costs to and from Baltimore are covered by the laboratory. To qualify for the study, you must be a healthy blind adult between 18 and 65 years of age who experienced permanent vision loss at the age of 18 or older. Before taking part in the study, participants are asked to complete a 30-minute pre-screening interview over the phone to see whether they qualify. Those who complete the pre-screening interview receive a $15 Amazon gift card. For more information, call (410) 870-9895 or email email@example.com.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is seeking individuals to participate in a research study titled Project VISIToOR: Visually Impaired Seniors’ Independent Travel Opportunities and Resources through a telephone survey. Your responses to this telephone survey will help to identify best practices, challenges, and solutions for transportation services for seniors with vision loss across the country. To participate, you must be 55 years of age or older and should be blind or low-vision, or experiencing significant vision loss such that you are no longer able to drive. Call the research team at (888) 800-7704 or email them at
firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in the research. Give your name, the best phone number to reach you and the best days and times for you to participate in a survey. You can also leave any questions you have about the research. The survey will take about 30 minutes, depending on how many types of transportation you use. AFB will provide you with a $25 gift card as thanks for your participation. After they complete the survey, they will send you a summary report in your preferred format. You will also be invited to call into a free, national teleconference to hear the research team discuss the findings of the report. If you are unable to attend the teleconference, a recording can be sent to you via email or CD.
Individuals who are blind or have low vision are invited to serve as volunteer user/experts to interact with, and comment on the accessibility of new or recently updated exhibits at museums and other Smithsonian venues. In recent months, volunteers have met at various Smithsonian museums on the Mall and at the National Zoo to review and give their feedback on the accessibility of proposed interactive displays, tactile exhibits, and smartphone audio description apps. Volunteers are called on several times a year for sessions that last 2 to 3 hours. They are asked to sign a confidentiality form, and are almost always offered a modest monetary honorarium (usually $50). For more information contact Eugenia Esch, Smithsonian volunteer (on Tuesdays) at Access Smithsonian, SI. She can be reached at (202) 633-2946 or EschE@si.edu
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance. MWE has arranged for discount tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies at Arena Stage on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 PM. Please let MWE know if you are interested. MWE will provide audio description for the September 28 2:00 PM performance of August Wilson's Jitney at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the September 28 2:00 PM performance of School Girls or the African Mean Girls at Round House Theatre Bethesda, the September 29 2:00 PM performance of Mike Birbiglia's The New One at National Theater, the October 6 2:00 PM performance of Doubt at Studio Theatre, the October 8 7:30 PM and October 19 2:00 PM performances of Fences at Ford's Theatre, the October 9 TBC performance of The Royale at Olney Theatre Center and the October 13 2:00 PM performance of Escape to Margaritaville at National Theater. 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: