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DCCB has scheduled upcoming member meetings on March 10, May 12, July 21 and September 8, 2018.  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 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 American Council of the Blind (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 $45,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year.  To be eligible, you need to be legally blind in both eyes, maintain a 3.3 GPA, and be involved in your school/local community.  The application must be submitted no later than February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central time.  For more information, contact Dee Theien in the ACB national office at (612) 332-3242 or (800) 866-3242.

The DC Department of Small & Local Business Development in partnership with the DC Department on Disability Services is supporting an open stakeholders group for community members interested in furthering business development support for business owners and aspiring business owners with a disability in the District.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 15, from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at1133 15th St NW, 12 floor in the JOBS room.  For more information, contact Kate Mereand at DSBLD at (202) 450-8120 or at:

katherine.mereand-sinha@dc.gov

Baltimore’s Center Stage is holding a touch tour with audio description for Skeleton Crew’s on Sunday, February 18, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  Touch Tours allow patrons to feel the costumes, props, and/or sets used in the show.  Conversation with the production, artistic, props, and/or dramaturgy team is also included.  Touch Tours begin an hour and a half prior to the show and end a half hour before the show (i.e. 12:30-1:30 PM and 6:00-7:00 PM).
 
The DC Disability Community Outreach Collaborative will host a meeting on Wednesday, February 21, on the 11th floor, 441 4th Street, NW, #1 Judiciary Square, from 10:00 AM until noon.

ACB will host its annual  midyear conference in late February.  ACB affiliate presidents and leaders will meet on February 25, followed by the legislative seminar on February 26.  The group will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress on February 27.  Those who wish to arrive a day early may also sit in on the ACB board of directors meeting, which is held the day prior to the conference.  For more information, visit the registration page at:

https://goo.gl/P1a2gb.

If you have questions about scheduling meetings with your members of Congress, contact Anthony Stephens, ACB’s Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, at astephens@acb.org

Bender Consulting Services is sponsoring a virtual job fair for persons with disabilities on March 14.  Register at:

www.careereco.com/events/disability

The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is sponsoring its third New Venture Competition under which it is offering cash awards up to $30,000 to fund the start-up or early growth stage of a business being launched by a blind or visually impaired individual.  The deadline for applying is March 15.  For more information, contact Colleen Wunderlinch at (847) 784-2889 or visit the web site at:

www.hadley.edu

The Newseum has a new tactile exhibit entitled "The Marines and Tet: The Battle that Changed the Vietnam War".  The exhibit will feature 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 Tet Offensive and 10 tactile versions of those photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound.

The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  It has made arrangements to describe the 7:30 PM performance of The Wiz at Ford's Theatre on March 27 at a discounted ticket price of only $30; please contact MWE now if you are interested in attending.  MWE will also describe the action in the February 17 2:00 PM performance of The Great Society at Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center, the February 18 2:00 PM performance of The Wolves at Studio Theatre and the February 21 8:00 PM performance of Aubergine at Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage.  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