DCCB held meetings by conference call on September 14 and November 9, 2020. DCCB members and guests checked in with each other and resumed chapter activities. During the pandemic future meetings will also be conducted by conference call. Dates have yet to be announced. To participate on the calls, call (978) 990-5000 and enter the passcode 385294#.
DCCB in person meetings are currently postponed during the pandemic When the pandemic abates, 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 American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org), in partnership with the American Foundation for the Blind (www.afb.org) is now accepting applications for educational scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic school year. These scholarships can be used to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $7,500, and to be eligible, students must be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be a full-time student or working 32 hours a week or more and taking substantial course work.
The deadline for submitting applications for the 2021-2022 school year is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (CST). All interested candidates must register for an ACB account prior to submitting a scholarship application online. Once you have created an account with ACB, please login and then you can access the scholarship application from the link at the top of the site. Visit https://members.acb.org to create an account or login
ACB Community Calls
The American Council of the Blind (ACB), DCCB's parent organization, hosts daily community calls on the Zoom platform. Between eight to twelve calls take place each day covering a vast variety of topics including social, technology, support, crafts, music, special groups and quite a few more. For more information and to learn how to join any of the calls, visit the web site:
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE)
The Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) provides audio description for various theatrical performance. See the link Recreation and Entertainment on this site for more information about MWE and its program offerings.
Please join The Metropolitan Washington Ear’s Board member, Phyllis Burson (psychologist, coach, and certified personal trainer) for a new series of Zoom meetings to be held the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of these sessions is for learning, enjoyment and sharing. Whether you have a computer, smart phone, or a land-line phone, you are invited to join us.
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Center for Accessibility Computer Use
As part of the DC Public Library's Takeout + services, an Adaptive Technology Computer is now being offered in the Digital Commons area in a clear glass study room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, for 90-minute sessions per day, per customer. This is twice the standard amount of allotted time for computer use which is 45 minutes per day. This laptop is equipped with a large print keyboard and headset. The designated Adaptive Technology Computer has available on it, JAWS screen reader, ZoomText screen magnifier and Fusion which combines JAWS and ZoomText. Printing is not available from this computer. This laptop is only to be used by patrons with disabilities who are using assistive technology software as a reasonable accommodation.
Upon your arrival at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, a greeter at the front door can assist you in signing up for the Adaptive Technology Computer. Usage sessions start on the hour every hour between 10AM and 6PM except for 2PM to 3PM when the library will be closed for cleaning.
As always, all patrons are also welcome to use any of the 45-minute general desktop computers, however, the software, JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion are still undergoing maintenance on these computers and we encourage you to use the 90-minute Adaptive Technology Computer if needing to use JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion.
The archives for the 100th anniversary of DCCB can be found at: