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DCCB will hold its annual holiday party at the Parthenon, 5510 Connecticut Ave., NW, on December 15 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  Participants are asked to bring a small exchange gift valued at about $10.  Please call Oral Miller at (202) 363-8334 if you wish to attend.

DCCB will schedule upcoming member meetings on Saturdays starting in January.  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 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.

The National Braille Press is accepting entries for its Touch of Genius Prize.  The Touch of Genius Prize was developed to inspire entrepreneurs, educators or inventors to continue the promotion of braille and tactile literacy for blind and deafblind people worldwide.  This prize can be granted for innovative and accessible computer software, Android applications, iOS applications, or tactile hardware that promotes braille and/or tactile literacy.  The winner will receive up to $20,000.  The application deadline is January 11, 2019.  For more information, visit the web site at:

www.touchofgeniusprize.org

The Metropolitan Washington Ear provides audio description for various theatrical performance.  MWE will also provide audio description for the December 15 2:00 PM performance of Indecent at Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center, the December 15 2:00 PM performance of An Inspector Calls at Shakespeare Theatre, the December 16 2:00 PM performance of Cry It Out at Studio Theatre Milton, the December 19 performance of A Christmas Carol at Olney Theatre Center, the December 29 2:00 PM performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre and the December 29 2:00 PM performance of The Panties, the Partner and the Profit Scenes From the Heroic Life of the Middle Class at Shakespeare 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:

 http://acbradio.org/DCCB