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 Federal Communications Commission will host an Accessibility Innovations Expo from 10:00 AM until noon on October 23 featuring technologies that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. The Expo is free and open to the public and will be held at Pepco Edison Place Gallery at 702 8th St NW. The Expo, which is co-hosted by the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and Connect2HealthFCC (C2H) Task Force, coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month and will highlight how technology can provide opportunities for people to be fully engaged in an increasingly technological workforce. More than two dozen exhibitors are participating in the event, which will showcase breakthrough innovative technology solutions for users of all abilities.
The Library of Congress is having a 3D panel discussion and show and tell on Monday, October 23, at 11:00 AM in room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The Library of Congress is using technology and ingenuity to make collections accessible to visitors, researchers and tourists who are blind. A panel of speakers will present on a variety of Library programs and best practices in 3D imaging and curation for the visually impaired. The discussion will be followed by a hands-on show-and-tell on the mezzanine level of the Thomas Jefferson Building at noon featuring architectural samples from the Jefferson building as well as plastic 3D replicas from the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University. “All Things Tactile” is presented by the Library’s Organization of Employees with Disabilities and its Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event was inspired by this year’s theme of “Inclusion Drives Innovation” which was set by the Department of Labor. For more information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month at the Library, visit the web site:
The Mayor's 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Department of Employment Services (DOES), 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE. The purpose of this free event is to inform the community of inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities; community resources will be provided by various exhibitors.
The Career Expo for People With Disabilities & Wounded Warriors will take place on Friday, November 17, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The DC Career Expo will allow participants to meet with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies looking to recruit new talent. Participants must be dressed in business or military attire and should bring numerous, printed copies of their resume to give to potential employers. They Must be at least 18 years of age. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online to attend this event. To pre-register, visit the web site at:
The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance. It will describe the action in the October 21 2:00 PM performance of The Price at Arena Stage Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center, the October 21 2:00 PM performance of Pinter Plays The Lover and The Collection at Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre, the November 5 2:00 PM performance of Mean Girls at National Theater, the November 18 2:00 PM performance of Pajama Game at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center, the November 22 8:00 PM performance of Annie at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage and the November 28 7:30 performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford's 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: