October 2015 Bulletin

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

Have you made your hotel reservations?
Doubletree by Hilton in Newark, California. (510) 490-8390, group code NFC

Did you submit your pre-registration form?
There is still time! Go to: to Pre Register Now!

Did you find a winning costume for the Masquerade Ball and Costume Contest?

It will take place Friday, October 30 at 8:00 P.M. You wont want to miss out on all the fun!

Transportation Information
If you are pre-registered and wish to ride the bus from either northern or southern California, the following is schedule for pick up:

Bus 1- Southern California- San Diego, 8:00 A.M., October 29. Denny’s at 4365 University Avenue. Next stop is:
Escondido- 9:00 A.M. Casa Escondida Senior Apartments at 715 N. Broadway. Next stop:
Riverside- 10:30 A.M., Janet Goeske Center at 5257 Sierra Street. Next stop:
Ontario- 11:15 A.M., 9147 Central Avenue, Montclair.

The bus will not make any stops before getting to Newark.

Bus 2- Los Angeles – 10:00 A.M. at Green line Park and Ride, 11901 S. Crenshaw Blvd, Hawthorn.

Bus 3- Northern California bus: I am still working on pickup locations and times.

The National Federation of the Blind of California
Uniting Blind People through Love, Hope & Determination
To Live the Life We Want

The National Federation of the Blind of California will hold the annual state convention from Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1 at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Newark, California.

This convention promises to be action-packed and full of fun. For the first time, Wells Fargo will educate, train and interview perspective qualified blind people to apply for jobs at Wells Fargo.

In addition, Jerry Gibbens, Acting Chief Manager, Disability Management Program Office of Civil Rights California Department of Human Resources/CalHR. Will introduce attendees to the LEAP Program (Limited and Examination Appointment Programs) guidelines and tell attendees how to apply for jobs with the State of California.

The Social Security Administration will have a speaker who will explain how SSI and SSDI is affected when you become employed.

The Department of Rehabilitation will introduce program services and employment opportunities through DOR. Rehabilitation Counselors will be available to take down contact information and follow up with referrals after the convention.

From a masquerade ball to a room full of exhibitors, meetings by students, blind parents, guide dog users, and so much more—everyone will find something exciting and new!

For hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton in Newark/Fremont, call:
(510) 490-8390
Press 2 to make your reservation with the front desk.
Group code: NFC
Room rates are $109 per room without breakfast buffet or $129 with breakfast buffet for 2 guests.

Pre-register now $20 to get the best hotel rates!
You will need your hotel confirmation number to complete convention pre-registration. You can find the form at . Pre Register now!

This year, bus transportation to convention will be provided to anyone who pre-registers, so hurry and pre-register to save your seat on the bus.

For more information and to learn about convention activities, please visit www.sixdots.org or call President Mary Willows, President of the National Federation of the Blind of California, at 925-462-8575.

President Mary Willows
3934 Kern court
Pleasanton Ca. 94588
Home: (925) 462-8575
Cell: (925) 895-2778


The National Federation of the Blind of of California
Uniting Blind People
Love, Hope and Determination
to Live the Life We Want

We are now accepting pre-registration forms for our 2015 State Convention.

The National Federation of the Blind of California will assemble in convention on October 30, 31 and November 1, 2015.

Where: The Doubletree by Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Drive
Newark, CA 94560

For hotel reservations call: (510) 490-8390. Press 2 on the option menu to make your reservation with staff at the front desk.
Group code: NFC.
Note: You will need your hotel confirmation number to complete the pre-registration form.

Room rates: $109.00 + tax – without breakfast buffet
$129.00 +tax – with breakfast buffet for two guests

The fun will begin on Thursday evening, October 29. So be sure to arrive early. The Exhibit Hall and Board of Directors meeting will begin on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 A.M. The Orientation Center for the Blind Alumni Association Inc. will meet over lunch at 12:00 noon ($20.00). Don’t forget to bring your best Halloween costume for the Masquerade Ball and contest at 8:00 P.M. on Friday evening.

On Saturday, October 31 The general session will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. The afternoon sessions will break out into “Round Table” discussion groups. The highlight of our convention will be the banquet on Saturday evening when we will get to hear the keynote address from our national representative, Pamela Allen, First Vice-president, National Federation of the Blind and the Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

Sunday morning will wrap up the event with elections, resolutions and other Federation traditions.

Please note: If you would like to take advantage of bus transportation to the convention on Thursday, October 29 you will need to pre-register soon so we can reserve the buses. More information about locations and times will follow. There will be two buses coming up from southern California and one bus from northern California.

Register now for the NFB of California 2015 convention


The 2016 Washington Seminar Application is now available on our web site. All interested participants should complete the Washington Seminar Application form. The deadline to submit your request is Thursday October 15th, 2015.


The 2015 NFBC Scholarship Guidelines and Application are available on our web site. Please review the Guidelines prior to filling out an Application. Please complete the application prior to the deadline. The deadline for submitting your Application is midnight, September 25th, 2015.


August 2015 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.”


After 75 years of love, hope, and determination, the National Federation of the Blind continues to break records. On July 8, 2015, two thousand four hundred and eighty enthusiastic supporters filled the parking lot behind the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida to create the world’s largest umbrella mosaic. You can watch the Youtube video of this landmark event documented by the Guinness World Record by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeMp9TjbHXY

This year, President Mark Ricobonno delivered his first Banquet speech and Presidential Report. Californians cheered when he mentioned three of our members who are involved in disputes which have required legal assistance. Nearly three thousand Federationists’ roared and cheered when President Ricobonno sang with the band on stage Friday morning as the General Session opened.

The 75th Anniversary Ball was a smashing success. President Ricobonno and his wife Melissa dressed up for the occasion in 1940′s attire. The Resolutions Committee brought twenty nine resolutions to the floor for adoption. You can read all of them at the nfb.org website. Again, the bulk of the resolutions concerned information, accessibility, and technology.

National Federation of the Blind of California State Convention
California will continue the celebration at our 2015 State Convention, which will be held on October 30, 31, and November1 at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel located at 39900 Balantine Drive in Newark, CA 94560. Room Rates are as follows: Singles-$119.00 per night, plus taxes, include 1 breakfast. Doubles-$129.00 per night, plus taxes, includes 2 breakfast. Please spread the word that we are celebrating 75 for $75. Registration, Diabetes Action NETWORK Luncheon and Banquet, will cost $75. The pre-registration forms will be available on our website at www.sixdots.org.

The 2015 NFB of California Scholarship Committee is accepting applications. This year, we will award $5,000 to three outstanding college students (two at $1,500 and one at $2,000). The applications and guidelines are available at http://www.sixdots.org/scholarshipsthe deadline for submissions is midnight, September 25, 2015.

During the month of August, Congressional representatives will be in their home districts meeting with constitutes. Please gather two or three chapter members together and make an appointment to meet with your representative to educate them about the need for “Integrated Competitive Employment”. This will phase out 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act. It is time for blind and disabled Americans to earn a fair wage. Also, remind them thatwe are actively seeking to pass legislation that will address the accessibility of instructional materials in post-secondary education institutions.

The Life Story of Ever Lee Hairston:
NFB OF California, First Vice-President, Ever Lee Hairston has opened her life and shred her story in a book entitled “Blind Ambition”. Adventures and disappointments as she grew up and made her way across the country. We are lucky to have her as one of our leaders and a member of the National Board of Directors. Order your copy by going to amazon.com and search for “Blind Ambitions” or download it on ibooks.

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 895-2778