June Belletin

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

The National Federation of the Blind has a new branding and here it is: “The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.”

Dance with Me for NFB!
The National Federation of the Blind
Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter Fund Raiser

When: Sunday June 8, 2014 (Adults only)
Where: Elks Riverside Lodge #643 6166 Brockton Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Donation: $12.00 per ticket if purchased before event and $15.00 at the door day of the event.
Contact Person: Pamela Chase
Cell 951-532-6525
Email pschase@ca.rr.com
About the Event: The afternoon promises to be fun! Swing dance to THE JIMMY DRAPER BAND. Drawings throughout the afternoon. Gifts included surprise baskets, Assistive Technology, Vendor OVAC Inc. 50/50, and a $25.00 Best Buy gift card and much more. Don’t miss out! Come and have some fun!!!

DIRECTIONS: Please complete form below. Make donations payable to the -NFB Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter. Please give form and donation to a Chapter Member or you can mail the form and donation to:

NFB Riverside San Bernardino Chapter
ATT. Pamela Chase
1865 Taylor Ave.
Corona, CA 92882
**********************************************
PLEASE PRINT
Full Name: ___________________________________
Address: ______________________________________
Phone: _______________________________________
Email Address:_________________________________
Name of person who told you about the event: _____________________________________________

Spotlighting Seniors
On June 4, 2014 the National Federation of the Blind Senior Division is holding a conference call to those interested in issues concerning our seniors who are experiencing vision loss. The topic this month is on tips for cooking.
Call in number: 712-432-1500
Access code: 759-633#

River City Chapter Baseball Fundraiser
The River City chapter is teaming up with the Sacramento River Cats for two great games of Baseball! For every ticket sold the chapter will receive a portion of the sales. This is a great fundraiser for the chapter. Please distribute to all your friends, family and anyone who might be interested.

Game 1:
Tuesday June 10th
Game Starts @ 7:05 pm
Raley Field
Sacramento River Cats vs Omaha Storm Chasers
$1 Hot Dogs & $1 Desert

Game 2:
Saturday August 16th
Game Starts @ 7:05
Sacramento River Cats vs Oklahoma City Redhawks Post Game Fireworks

To purchase Tickets:
Go to www.rivercats.com/gamelink
Select River City Chapter of NFBC
Promo Code RCCNFBC

If you have any question please contact Tiffany Manosh, President of the River City Chapter. We look forward to seeing you all at the ball park for two great games of baseball.

California Caucus
Every year, at the convention of the National Federation of the Blind, Californians meet in a caucus. The California delegation comes together to update members on convention highlights as well as introducing new people to the convention schedule, and key events.
This year the 2014 California Caucus will be held on Thursday, July 3 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida. We will meet at 6 p.m. for about an hour in room Salon 10 on the second floor of the hotel. All in attendance should bring their banquet ticket with your name written on the back. We will collect your ticket at that time so we can reserve tables at the banquet next to each other. This always makes the collective delegation an entertaining evening.

Transportation in Orlando
Would you like to save some money on transportation to and from the Orlando airport for the 2014 national convention? If you use Paratransit services in your city, this is possible. It costs only four dollars each way and your PCA can ride free. First, you should contact your Paratransit services and give them Orlando’s Paratransit fax number. Fax number: 407-849-6759. Wait approximately 30 minutes and then contact Orlando Paratransit customer service @ 407-423-8747. At that time, they will issue you a temporary ID number. Next call Orlando Paratransit customer service to book your ride up to seven days prior to the day you arrive in Florida and the day you leave Florida.
If you have any questions or need help setting this up, please contact Rochelle Houston.
rhouston58@gmail.com
323-754-9689 home
323 807-0300 cell

Catch our Dreams is Coming. Save the date!
Catch Our Dreams is a fundraising auction for the National Federation of the Blind of California to benefit the Education Programs of the Affiliate.
This is a friendly reminder about CATCH OUR DREAMS, Sunday August 3rd, 2014 in beautiful Fairfield, CA.
We have Catch Our Dreams tee shirts in gray and white, sizes large through XXXL. Prices for these shirts is twenty dollars each. To date, prizes include: many different golf outings, day excursions in San Francisco, wine tasting and tours, wine gifts, massage, rock climbing, raffle prizes, door prizes. So, Save The Date!

Sunday August 3rd, 2014
Noon until 4 o’clock
Courtyard by Marriott
1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield, CA 94533.

For more information and hotel rates, please email .

Thanks for Your Support!

Tell Your Story
The National Federation of the Blind is interested in gathering photos and videos from members of the Federation that tell your personal stories, give your reasons for involvement in the Federation, and/or show how you are living the life you want as a blind person. These videos and pictures may be used on our website, on our social media pages, in our publications, and in other ways that help to spread our message. In order to facilitate this sharing of photos and videos, we have implemented a new media upload webpage on the National Federation of the Blind site. Images and videos are a great way for us to inform the public about the National federation of the Blind and about our lives as blind people. They help the public understand that blindness is not the characteristic that defines us or our future. Please visit
www.nfb.org/media to learn how you can submit your videos and pictures to us. We look forward to seeing all of the great content you will send our way!

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 895-2778
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

April Bulletin

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

New Branding: Who We Are and What We Do
I want to start this bulletin with some great news about the new branding of the National Federation of the Blind.  After many months of research and soul searching we have a new one minute message which can be thought of as the “elevator speech”.  I believe you will agree that encompasses who we are and what we do.  Here it is:

“The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.  You can have the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.”

Shop at Amazon Smile and Support the NFB of California
The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products on a quarterly basis to the National Federation of the Blind of California.  All you have to do is:

  1. Click on the link below or go to www.smile.amazon.com, which will take you directly to Amazon Smile. If you use this link, The National Federation of the Blind of California Inc is already selected as your chosen organization.
  2. Shop as usual and shop often!  Our affiliate will automatically receive your donation.  As far as I can tell most products seem to be eligible.

River City Chapter
2nd Annual Hair in the Wind Fundraising Event

Come join the River City Chapter, the Society for the Blind, the Sacramento Lions Club, and the Sacramento Area Miata Car Club for a day of fun!

Take a spin in a hot little sports car!  Join us for this fun community event.  Come on out to enjoy a free 30-minute ride in a convertible! it’s fun, and once you’ve done it, you just can’t get enough! Then enjoy some great food and fellowship with new and old friends.  Tri-tip or chicken sandwiches, chips and beverages will be available for purchase.  Come out and support the River City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of California.

Where:  Society for the Blind
1238 S Street Sacramento, CA 95811
When:    May 17, 2014
Time:      10:00 am—2:00pm or until all registered guests ride!

Reserve Your Ride Today!
To register for your ride please RSVP to Ralph Gingrich by April 30th.

Contact Ralph by Phone or Email:
Phone:  916-721-4499 or 916-223-2513
Email:  rkitman@surewest.net

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday May 17th for a fun filled day! -  Tiffany Manosh, President, River City Chapter

Imagine Team NFBCAL
Imagine creating a future full of opportunities for the blind.   Join Team NFBCAL and make the dream come true.  The Kenneth Jernigan Institute provides programs and literature to help parents of blind children and blind adults to develop the skills and confidence needed to be successful in life.  Go to www.nfb.org/ImaginingOurFuture to donate or send a check to NFB, 200 E. Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.  Be sure to write Imagination Fund California on the memo line.

Save the Date:  Pathfinder Chapter Casino Day Fundraiser
THE PATHFINDER CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF CALIFORNIA cordially invites you out for a exciting day at the casino for a roll of the dice There will be a lot of fun while on your way to that Lucky pot of gold!

Where:   Viejas Casino and Outlet Mall
When:     Saturday, May 31, 2014
Pick up location: Greenline park and ride station parking lot, 11901 South Crenshaw Blvd., Hawthorne, CA Cross Street: 120th St.
Time:     7:30 a.m. (The bus will leave at 8 AM sharp and will not wait for anyone)
Return: approximately 6 PM
Donation: $21 (no refunds)
You must be 21 years and older with a valid government issued ID.
For further information contact President, Rochelle Houston at rhouston58@gmail.com or call 323-807-0300.

Dance with Me for!
The National Federation of the Blind
Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter Fund Raiser
When
:     Sunday June 8, 2014 (Adults only)
Where:   Elks Riverside Lodge #643 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside, CA 92506
Time:       1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Donation: $12.00 per ticket if purchased before event and $15.00 at the door day of the event.
Contact Person: Pamela Chase, Cell 951-532-6525 Email pschase@ca.rr.com

About the Event: The afternoon promises to be fun! Swing dance to THE JIMMY DRAPER BAND. Drawings throughout the afternoon. Gifts included surprise baskets, Assistive Technology, Vendor OVAC Inc. 50/50, and a $25.00 Best Buy gift card and much more. Don’t miss out! Come and have some fun!!!

DIRECTIONS: Please complete form below.  Make donations payable to the -NFB Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter. Please give form and donation to a Chapter Member or you can mail the form and donation to:
NFB Riverside San Bernardino Chapter
ATT. Pamela Chase
1865 Taylor Ave.
Corona, CA 92882
**********************************************

PLEASE PRINT

Full Name: ___________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________

Email Address:_________________________________

Name of person who told you about the event: _____________________________________________

 

Free firefly iPad App
Try the Kurzweil 3000-firefly iPad App for yourself today – free trials for firefly on the web.  Already have the App? Make sure to download the latest updates from your iPad App Store.  Click on the link below for your free trial.
http://www.kurzweiledu.com/trialsignup.php?version=k3000ff

Best of Orlando
Have you made your travel plans for Orlando yet? “iGive” is a website that offers many purchasing options from which the California affiliate can benefit.  Go to www.igive.com and create an account and designate the National Federation of the Blind of California as your preferred organization.  I suggest clicking on “Travel”, then on “Best of Orlando”.

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-8575
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

“If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy”. Thomas Jefferson

Washington Seminar 2014
Even Thomas Jefferson would have opposed sub-minimum wages for disabled persons. This past week hundreds of members of the National Federation of the Blind roamed the halls of congress to visit representatives to ask for their support for HR 831 Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013, HR 3505 The Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act) and seeking a sponsor the Air Carrier Technology Accessibility Act.
The California delegation broke up into four teams and visited all fifty four representatives and senators from our state. This year, many of us had the opportunity to meet with our representatives who were in town for the State of the Union address by President Obama. The national office will be updating us with the responses that we received. To stay informed go to www.nfb.org and read about the highlights of the 2014 Washington Seminar.

Chemistry Camp 2014
Applications are being accepted for a three day accessible science experience. We are looking for blind high school students ages 14-18 who have a desire to learn about how a blind person can study science. During this exciting and busy three day experience, students will get to learn how blind and visually impaired people use chemistry in their careers. If you know of any blind and visually impaired high school students, please have them contact Angela Fowler at 530) 902-0987 or email her at fowlers@syix.com.

Accessible Tax Forms
The IRS has made tax forms and other products available to taxpayers with disabilities. Please help us to spread the word about these services which are available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility.

Job Opportunities for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI’s)
There are several open positions for teachers of the blind and visually impaired in California. As you know, there is a shortage of teachers with the expertise of Braille instruction and/ or orientation and mobility. If you know of a qualified TVI, please contact Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Benito County Office of Education, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, and the Orange County Office of Education.

San Francisco State University and California State University Los Angeles TVI programs have received a federal grant to assist applicants with financial support for this fall. Please help locate applicants for the programs at San Francisco State University and California State University, Los Angeles. Check with recent college graduates, paraprofessionals who enjoy working with students with visual impairments, individuals who are seeking a fulfilling career change, and other general/special ed teachers who wish to add VI credential.

The Program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University is accepting applications for Fall 2014 semester.
If you know of anyone seeking a rewarding professional career and would like to become a TVI, please refer them to the following websites for more information. Program in Visual Impairments
http://www.sfsu.edu/~visimp/index.htm

Application requirements
http://www.sfsu.edu/~spedcd/applyedsp.html

How to Apply
http://www.sfsu.edu/~spedcd/apply.html

National Federation of the Blind Commends Microsoft and GW Micro for Groundbreaking Accessibility Partnership
During the Washington Seminar Californians discussed the issues blind people face in dealing with technology that is not accessible. Recently, GW Micro and the Microsoft Corporation announced a partnership to make Window-Eyes, a screen reading software program, available for free to users of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher. More details about this groundbreaking offer are available at www.WindowEyesForOffice.com.

Announcing the 2014 Microsoft Disability Scholarship Fund
We are excited to share details of the new Microsoft Disability Scholarship Fund targeting students with disabilities entering college in the fall. This is a new initiative from Microsoft and the Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG), built in partnership with Seattle Foundation. The scholarship website is open to applications until March 15th. Contact:
Disability Employee Resource Group
Microsoft Corporation
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

NFB Scholarship Application Deadline March 31, 2014
The NFB Scholarship Program invites blind students who will attend college in Fall 2014 to apply for a scholarship. The National Federation of the Blind offers 30 awards, worth from $3,000 up to $12,000, plus assistance for the 30 winners to attend the July 2014 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. For full information and the online application form, go to http://www.nfb.org/scholarships

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-8575
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.”- anonymous

First Annual Crab Feed
Happy New Year! We are starting off 2014 hitting the ground running. The Davis Canes & Tails Chapter is hosting a Crab Feed to beat all crab feeds on January 5. Everyone is invited to attend an evening of fun and food. We will be serving all you can eat crab, salad, bread, and enjoy musical entertainment from a live band. In addition, there will be a raffle for a round trip ticket on United Airlines. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online by going to www.crabfeedcanesandtails.eventbrite.com or by phone by calling Therese Retherford (707) 290-1517 or Lisa Hilas (415) 606-8775.

At-Large Chapter
The purpose of the At-Large Chapter is to give blind people the opportunity to attend a regular monthly chapter meeting if they live in a location where there is not an in-person meeting. Every month on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. the At-Large Chapter meets by conference call to discuss current issues dealing with blindness in the state of California. We invite everyone to attend the call and ask that you encourage any blind people you know who do not attend regular meetings to give it a try. The conference all in number is 712) 432-0175 and the code is 184220. This month we will talk about the 2014 Washington Seminar agenda topics.

To All Chapter Presidents
On the second Monday of each month all Chapter Presidents come together on a conference call to talk about issues concerning leadership; fundraising; and planning agendas. This informal meeting will be chaired each month by one of our members of the Board of Directors. This month Rick Watson, President Davis-Canes and Tails Chapter, will facilitate the discussion concerning ways to bring more members to the state convention in October. Rick attended his first NFB meeting at a state convention and has never looked back. He shares his passion for our organization with all the chapter presidents. Please join him on January 13 at 7 p.m. The dial-in number is 605-475-4700. The access code is 405682#.

2014 Chemistry Camp
Would you like to learn how blind people tackle the very visual subject of organic chemistry successfully? Do you have a general love for science? Do you want to learn how you can do chemistry as a blind person just as successfully as your sighted peers? Do you want to apply the chemistry you learned to food such as olive oil? Are you interested in how blind professionals use science in their careers every day? Then the 2014 California Chemistry Camp is for you!

Come join Accessible Science for an Educational, exciting, and Fun-Filled weekend of hands-on science!

When: Friday, May 2, 2014 through Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Where: Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa, California.
Who: Up to fifteen blind high school students ages 14-18 will be selected to participate.
Cost: There is no cost to apply for the program.

We hope to see you this spring at Enchanted Hills!
If you have any questions, contact:
Angela Fowler
Director of planning, Accessible Science
Email: fowlers@syix.com

Phone: 530-902-0987

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-8575
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

“May peace be your gift at holiday time and your blessing all year through”- anonymous

NFBC CANES AND TAILS FIRST ANNUAL CRAB FEED
Join us to celebrate the New Year and the promise of hopeful resolutions for positive growth in 2014. The newly organized Davis Canes and Tails Chapter warmly invites everyone to attend an event which will bring community members and federation leaders together to celebrate our accomplishments.

Featuring live music “The Rhythm Method Band”. Tickets are available for $40 each if purchased before December 15, 2013. All tickets purchased after December 15, 2013 will be $50 each. Tickets will not be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone.
Terese Retherford (707) 290-1517
Lisa Hilas (415) 606-8775
Purchase tickets online at www.crabfeedcanesandtailseventbrite.com

Washington Seminar 2014
Once again, California federation members are preparing for a trek to Washington D.C. to introduce ourselves and our mission to members of the House of Representatives and Senate. We will be making appointments with members of the 113th congress first session on January 28, 29, and 30, 2014. We would like to ask anyone who has contacts with local representatives to call the home office and recommend that the representative schedule time to meet our advocates.

Amongst the topics we will discuss are the TEACH Act (H.R. 3505) introduced by Congressman Joe Petri and The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (H.R.831) introduced by Gregg Harper.

The TEACH Act stands for Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act will direct the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board to develop accessibility guidelines for electronic instructional materials and related information technologies in institutions of higher education, and for other purposes. Blind college students must be equipped to compete on the basis of equality which means having access to text books and research materials.

H.R. 831 will repeal section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and phase out the discriminatory practice of paying disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage. There are many examples of individuals with significant disabilities who, when provided the proper training and support, have acquired a competitive job skill to earn at least minimum wage. Very few, if any, disabled or nondisabled individuals acquire a competitive job skill through performing menial tasks in sheltered, segregated, subminimum-wage work environments.

At-Large Chapter Meeting
The At-Large Chapter will meet on the second Thursday of each month. In December the meeting will be held on December 12 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the At-Large Chapter is to give those who cannot attend regular monthly meetings an opportunity to stay connected and up-to-date with the latest issues concerning blind people in California and across the nation. The call in number is 712) 432-0175. The passcode is 184220#.

Dr. Marc Maurer Announces His Retirement
The following is taken from a message sent by Dr. Fredric Schroeder, first vice-president, National Federation of the Blind: “As you know, Dr. Marc Maurer has been our national president since 1986. He has served as president longer than any of our previous presidents and has guided us through a period of unprecedented growth and change. It was under Dr. Maurer’s leadership that we established the Jernigan Institute and all of the programs that have been so successful in demonstrating the truth of our assertion that given proper opportunity and training, blind people can live and work as others. In particular we have developed many programs designed to provide blind children and youth with the skills and confidence they need to compete fully in their education and to develop their life ambitions. We have conducted the Youth Slam, Science Academy, and more recently the BELL programs.

In the area of technology under Dr. Maurer’s leadership we developed the KNFB Reader Mobile allowing blind people to have immediate access to print with nothing more than a cell phone and special software. And then there was the Blind Driver Challenge. There is no question that lack of access to reliable transportation remains a major barrier for blind people.
Yet, the Blind Driver Challenge showed that we could develop the technology to enable a blind person to drive a car, not simply sit passively in a car that drives itself.

These are the expressions of Dr.Maurer’s leadership. Yet at the heart of his leadership is his spirit and his belief in every blind person. He has inspired and encouraged us, faced the most difficult challenges with resolution and strength, and he has kept us together, and never let us waiver in our belief in our own right to live normal, productive lives.

On Saturday afternoon Dr. Maurer told the board that it is his intention to not seek reelection to the presidency next summer at our national convention. He feels the time is right to transition to the next president, the next individual who can lead us for a quarter century or more. Dr. Maurer is in good health and believes that it is important that he step down from the presidency while he is able to assist with the transition. Dr.
Maurer told the board that he, Dr. Maurer, plans to support Mr.
Mark Riccobono as the next president of the National Federation of the Blind.

Mr. Riccobono presently serves as the Executive Director of the Jernigan Institute. He is an accomplished individual with the strength and wisdom to assume the serious responsibility of leading our movement. He has brought to his work the imagination and competency we demand from our president.
We are truly fortunate that within the Federation we have individuals who are able and willing to give all they have to furthering our move toward true equality. The demands of the NFB presidency are unimaginable. We require our leader to give all of his time, all of his imagination, and all of his personal reserve of judgment to leading our organization. This is what Dr. Maurer has done for the past 27 and a half years, and it is what Mark Riccobono will do for the time of his presidency.

The transition brings to an end one chapter in our history and what a glorious chapter it has been. We cannot face the loss of Dr.Maurer’s leadership without a sense of sadness; but the transition to a new president is not just the absence of what we had before. The transition heralds a new chapter in our history and with it, new opportunities-the chance to take all that has come before and build something bigger and more powerful than we have ever known.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Maurer for his leadership, his friendship and his faithful devotion to our cause; and please join me in wishing Mark Riccobono the very best as he seeks to take the foundation that is all that has come before and build upon it the next great chapter in our history.”

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-8575
mwillows@sbcglobal.net