Greetings Fellow Federationists,

Convention Registration
Register now for the 2014 annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of California. The theme this year is CHANGE. Creating Hope through Advocacy and New ideas with Gratitude and Enthusiasm. The dates are October 9 through 12. The location is the Embassy Suites South, 1440 East Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245. Make your reservations as soon as possible. The deadline for the convention hotel rate of $125 is September 19, 2014. Convention registration is $20. There will be one luncheon for the Diabetes Action Network on Saturday October 11 for $25. The highlight of the convention will be our banquet Saturday evening for $30. Registration and two meals can be purchased for $75. You will need your hotel reservation confirmation number in order to complete the pre-registration form. Click on the following link to register for the convention http://www.formstack.com/forms/?986187-OKrkn0JGXG.

Transportation Arrangements
We have tentatively reserved buses that will pick up passengers in the south and north. You must be pre-registered in order to get a seat on the bus. The northern California bus will originate in Sacramento at the Amtrak station on Thursday, October 9 departing at 9 a.m. with one stop at the Dublin / Pleasanton BART station at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The southern California bus will originate at the Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside at 10:00 a.m. There will be one additional stop at the McDonald’s located at 9147 Central Avenue in Montclair. For questions contact the bus coordinators. The southern bus coordinator is Carmen Weatherly 909-486-2004. The northern bus coordinator is Rick Watson 707-673-7094.

Convention Events
On Thursday evening, October 9, we will hold a “Meet the Blind Month” event at the Manhattan Beach Pier. All who can get there should meet at the Stage Hotel at 6 p.m. The California Association of Guide Dog Users will lead the way on a walk along the pier at sunset. Participants will return to the hotel at 9 p.m. for a hospitality meet and greet with light snacks.

On Friday the Board of Directors will meet, along with the Resolutions Committee, students, and the exhibit hall, which is open to the public. From 7 to 9 Friday evening we will showcase our California Idol Talent Show. A donation of $5 will be accepted at the door. For more details on this terrific show, see the flyer at the end of this bulletin.

From 9 p.m. to midnight the California Association of Blind Students will host Monte Carlo night. Guests can purchase bags of poker chips for $10 at the door.

The annual convention is the only place where blind and sighted alike can meet and network with mentors and role models who share their experiences, courage, and inspiration. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can live the life you want.

Scholarship Application Now Available
Every year the National Federation of the Blind of California presents scholarships to qualified college students. This year we are proud to announce that there will be three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Applications are now being accepted. The deadline is Completed applications and all required documents must be postmarked by September 15, 2014.
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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.

GOT TALENT!!!
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAND BESIDE AND COMPETE WITH OTHER GREAT BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SINGERS

WELL, COME BE a CONTESTANT AT OUR
CALIFORNIA IDOL

The National Federation of the Blind of California will showcase phenomenal voices from coast to coast on Friday, October 10, 2014

So, get the dust out of those pipes of yours and be a contestant at our state convention
Prizes for first, second and third will be awarded
There’s no fee to enter the competition, but you must first, be blind or visually impaired, second, send an email with your Name, contact number and email address to Rochelle Houston rhouston58@gmail.com or call 323 807-0300
Third, provide the committee with your song choice. All songs must be emailed or received by Rochelle Houston by the designated deadline
Spots for this competition are limited so hurry and submit your entry!
Deadline is Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Of course you want to be there to experience this exciting showcase of talent!
Donation: $5 at the door
If you have any questions, please contact one of the following committee members:
Rochelle Houston
rhouston58@gmail.com
Charlotte Carroll mizzcharlotte@sbcglobal.net
Chuy Vaca chuy2813@gmail.com
Kia Vaca chuyandkia@gmail.com

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
925) 462-8575
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

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August Bulletin

Dear Fellow Federationists,

“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.”

2014 is The Year of Change
The National Federation of the Blind has passed a new milestone. On July 6 at the close of the banquet, Mark Riccobono became president of the nation’s largest organization of blind people. We are sorry to see Marc Maurer pass the torch but excited to see what Mark Riccobono does with it. Listen to the highlights of the national convention on the August – September Braille Monitor.

Celebration of the life of Jim Willows
I want to thank all those who sent condolences and flowers to the memorial service held on June 28, 2014 to honor Jim Willows. After a long struggle with lung cancer, Jim succumbed to the disease on June 22 with family, friends, and the dog at his side at home in Pleasanton, California. The memorial service embodied the life of a man who was committed to public service. Friends from Jim’s childhood flew out to share memories of their friend. Representatives from the lab, education, rehabilitation, and community service at church all took turns celebrating the life of a man who made a difference. Federationists travelled from all over the state to honor his memory with a message of unity. The message was repeated over and over that Jim was a person who could cross the aisle and bring unity to whatever cause he led.

2014 State Convention
The 2014 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of California will be held on October 9 through 12 at the Embassy Suites South located at 1440 East Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245. Call (310) 640-3600 to make your reservations. Convention registration, banquet and a luncheon will cost $75. Please watch for announcements on the NFBC-Info List.

CABS Got Talent
Do you have an amazing talent that you are just itching to show off? Then enter the California Association of Blind Students first annual talent show. All musicians, poets, singers, and actors are welcome. Upload a 1-3 minute clip of yourself showing off your talent to sendspace or youtube, then send the link via email to Roselyn Perez at rp1rules@gmail.com

The Orange County Chapter will Meet
Rob Kaiser has secured a new location for the Orange County Chapter. All are invited to attend on August 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The location is Emerald Court 1731 W.W. Medical Center Drive, Anaheim, CA 92801. Call or email Rob ASAP. His phone number is (847) 989-0768 and his email is rcubfank@sbcglobal.net.

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.

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.

Discover You in San Francisco
Join the National Federation of the Blind of California San Francisco Chapter and the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind on August 23, 2014 for an action-packed day. Become empowered, define your future, discover you! Speakers will address topics such as: recreational opportunities for blind people in the San Francisco Bay Area; employment and technology. RSVP now to Lisamaria Martinez at lmartinez217@gmail.com or (510) 289-2577.

Currency Reader Program
Starting September 2, 2014, NLS patrons or folks who want to become an NLS patron can call 1-888-657-7323 to pre-register to get a currency reader when the National program rolls out in January 2015. For more information before September 2, 2014 call The Bureau of Engraving and Printing at 844-815-9388. The currency reader is a small pocket-size device which announces the denomination of paper money. The device is free to the blind. It is well worth taking the time to pre-register to participate in the program.

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California (NFBC)
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
mwillows@sbcglobal.net

 

June Bulletin

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

 

Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Timothy Elder of TRE Legal Practice
are investigating complaints from persons with disabilities who have been
denied transportation services by taxi drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc.
(“Uber”) in the San Francisco Bay Area or other major urban centers.

Uber is a company based in San Francisco, California that offers taxi
transportation services in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other
metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Uber developed a smart
phone application that customers use to request and pay for rides in Uber
taxis. The application is available for iPhones and phones running the
Android operating system.

We would greatly appreciate speaking with you about your experiences
concerning Uber if:

  • You are legally blind, you use a service animal, and you
    believe that you have been denied a ride by Uber’s taxis because of the
    presence of your service animal.
  • You use a foldable wheelchair to travel and you believe that
    you have been denied a ride by one of Uber’s taxis because of your foldable
    wheelchair.
  • You are either legally blind or someone who uses a foldable
    wheelchair to travel and you have been deterred from using Uber taxis
    because you have heard that Uber taxis refuse to pick up passengers with
    service animals or wheelchairs.

To share your experiences, please contact:
Rachel Smith
Phone:  (510) 665-8644
Emial:  rsmith@dralegal.org

All communications will be kept confidential.

For a link to this announcement, follow this URL:
http://bit.ly/1njKWIo