National Federation of the Blind of California
2014 Convention presents CHANGE
October 9 – October 12, 2014
Embassy Suites South, El Segundo, CA 90245

Creating
Hope through
Advocacy and
New ideas with
Gratitude and
Enthusiasm

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.

President, Mary Willows
3934 Kern Ct.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone (925) 895-2778

2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda

Convention Information
Registration- $20.00
Banquet- $30.00
Diabetes Action Network Luncheon- $25.00
California Idol- $5.00 at the door
Monte Carlo Night- $10.00 at the door.
If you have not pre-registered, there will be a few meal tickets available at the registration table which will be sold on a first come, first served, basis.

Convention Exhibits
The Exhibit hall will be open on Friday, October 10, 2014, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Exhibits are located in the Granada and La Palma Rooms.

Hotel Layout
Upon entering the main entrance of the hotel, the Registration Desk is approximately 25     feet in front of you.  As you face the front desk, the lounges, elevators, dining rooms,     meeting rooms, and gift shop are to the left (east lobby area).   To the right of the front     desk (west end of hotel) is another set of elevators and the pool area.

Dog Guide Relief Area
The dog guide relief area is located on Imperial Avenue, straight across from the hotel front door. Follow the circular drive to the right, and cross Imperial Avenue.

Thank you to all of the chairpersons and members of the committees that have helped to make this convention a success. They are: Convention Coordinator – Ever Lee Hairston, Resolutions Committee- Chairperson Robert Stigile and Michael Hingson, Door Prize Committee- Chairperson- Rochelle Houston, Exhibit Hall Chairperson – Chuy Vaca, Scholarship Committee –Shannon Dillon, Hospitality-Cheryl Thurston, Auction-Karen Steele. Transportation Rick Watson, Carmen Weatherly, Lisa Irving. Ambassadors-Cathy Gaten.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who have given of their time.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm      Meet the Blind Month Walk at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Members will meet at the Shade Hotel at 5 p.m. to stroll along the pier                 and to educate the public about events happening at the convention.

7:00 pm – 9:00 P.M.      Hospitality
Room 305A

Friday, October 10, 2014

8:15 am – noon        Registration, East lobby

9:00 am – 10:30 am    National Federation of the Blind of California, Board of Directors
Semi-annual meeting
President, Mary Willows
First Vice-President, Ever Lee Hairston
Second Vice-President, Robert Stigile
Secretary, Shannon Dillon
Treasurer, Melissa Sanders
Board Members:
1.    Karen Steele
2.    Michael Hingson
3.    Henry (Hoby) Wedler
4.    Rochelle Houston
5.    Tim Elder
6.    Rick Watson
7.    Kia Vaca

Valencia / Sevilla Rooms
Meetings of the Board of Directors are always open to the public.  Please join us as we greet our scholarship finalists, National Representative, and other distinguished  guests.  Note:  Board Members are the only ones who can vote.

10:30 am – noon        Resolutions Committee Meeting: Chairpersons, Robert Stigile,                         Michael Hingson.
Committee Members: Ever Lee Hairston, Bryan Bashin, Jim Barbour,
Debbie Worstman, Lisa Maria Martinez, Rochelle Houston.                          Secretary, Jana Littrell
Valencia / Sevilla Rooms
The Resolutions Committee comes together once a year to decide on the policies and direction of the affiliate for the upcoming year.  Resolutions are an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and are determined by the philosophy and purpose of the National Federation of the Blind.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Registration in the lobby
East Lobby

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm        California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU)
President, Tina Thomas
Valencia / Sevilla Rooms

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm        NFB in Community Services
President, Darian Smith
Room 205A

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm        California Association of Blind Students Annual Business Meeting
President, Joe Retherford
Elections and guest speakers
Surprise performance by the winner of “CABS Got Talent”
Valencia / Sevilla Rooms

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm        California Idol Talent Show-Coordinators-Rochelle Houston &              Charlotte Carroll.
Valencia / Sevilla Rooms

9:00 pm – midnight    Monte Carlo Night.
Hosted by the California Association of Blind Students. (CABS)
Come and try your hand at the card tables. $10 for a bag of casino                     playing chips.  Join us for a night of prizes, fun, and friendship!
Madrid Room

Saturday, October 11, 2014

7:00 am – 8:30 am            Chapter on Aging Breakfast
President, Dennis Russak
Join us for an informal discussion of possibilities for seniors
facing blindness.  Election of officers will be held.
Waterfall Patio Area

9:00 am                 General Session Call to Order
President, Mary Willows
Granada / La Palma / Madrid

9:05 am                Pledge of Allegiance
Lisa Irving, President San Diego Chapter

9:05 am                NFB Pledge
Rochelle Houston, President Pathfinders Chapter

9:05 am                National Anthem
Sung by Rob Kaiser, President Orange County Chapter

9:15 am                Welcoming remarks

9:20 am                National Report
Anil Lewis, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, MD

10:00 am – 10:15 am        75 in 75, Let’s Go Build the Federation
Kevan Worley, Worley Enterprises, Colorado Springs, CO

10:15 am – 10:40 am        “Federationism Everywhere”
Bryan Bashin, CEO, Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco, CA

10:40 am – 11:00 am        “Changing What it Means to be Blind in California.”                            Update on legal action.
Panel-Moderator, Timothy Elder, Attorney, TRE Legal Practice
Fremont, CA; Michael Nunez and Karen Janssen, Staff                             Attorneys, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) Legal Group,                         Berkeley, CA

11:00 am – 11:05 am        Questions from the audience.

11:05 am – 11:40 am        “California Report”
Joe Xavier, Director, California Department of Rehabilitation,
Sacramento, CA

11:40 am – 11:45 am        Questions from the audience

11:45 am – noon                 Sports and Recreation
Lisamaria Martinez, President, Sports and Recreation Division.

Noon                     Adjourn

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm        Diabetes Action Network (DAN) Lunch
Joy Stigile, President

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm            iPhone for Newbies. “Want to know how to navigate an  iPhone?  Want to learn all the gestures that work with Voice                         Over?  Then this session is for you!”
Tiffany Manosh, Assistive Technology Instructional Assistant,
American River College, Sacramento

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm            iPhone round table.  Bring your apps and questions as we share tips and tricks with each other.
Tiffany Manosh, Assistive Technology Instructional Assistant,
American River College, Sacramento

2:00pm-4:15pm                          Grant Writing, as a Fundraising Instrument Mike Kawalek, Associate Director of Development for Sempervirons Fund. Board Room 205A

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm        Reconvene general session.
Employment Panel.  Moderator, Paul Howard,
Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Riverside, CA.
Panelists:  Shannon Dillon, Staff Attorney, California                             Department of Public Health; Michael Richardson, Independent
Entrepreneur, Kyle Woodard, Department of Veteran Affairs.
Mona Longoria, Contract Specialist, The Seattle Lighthouse for                     the Blind, San Diego, CA.

5:00 pm                Adjourn

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm            Social Hour, Cash bar

7:00 pm – midnight        Banquet
Master of Ceremonies, Robert Stigile
Invocation-Mary Willows, President
Introduction of Head Table
Keynote Speaker, Anil Lewis, National Representative, Baltimore Maryland

Auction of Chapter Gift Baskets, Henry (Hoby) Wedler
Presentation of NFBC Scholarships, Shannon Dillon, Chair-
person
Presentation of Charters
BestBuy drawing-$500.00 gift card

Sunday, October 12, 2014

7:00am-8:45am                          Senior Breakfast, Waterfall Patio Area

9:00 am                 General Session Call to Order
President, Mary Willows
Granada / La Palma / Madrid

9:10 am – 9:40 am            Elections: Report from Nominating Committee

9:40 am – 10:00 am        Resolutions. Chairperson, Robert Stigile, Second Vice                             President & Mike Hingson.

10:00am-                                    Presidential Report, Mary Willows, President

10:15 am – 10:20 am        Financial Report

10:20-10:30am                          Philosophy Corner-skit by Ever Lee Hairston, Rochelle Houston & Jana Littrell.

10:30 am – 10:45 am        “Why I am a Federationist?” Kia Vaca-NFBC Board Member, Sun Valley, California

10:45 am – 11:00 am        Newsline for the Blind, Robert Stigile, Second Vice-President

11:00 am            Chapter Reports-Pledges and Donations,Chaper Presidents or Representatives should be prepared to submit checks or pledges at this time.  Please make checks payable to NFB of California.  Be prepared to give a 90 second chapter report on events and activities. Raffles, Drawings

Noon                    Adjourn

OUR BRAND PROMISE:
Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

March Bulletin

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

The National Federation of the Blind Applauds Senate Introduction of TEACH Act
Senator Warren, Hatch and Elizabeth Warren,Introduced the Technology, Education, Accessibility in Colleges and Education.

As we all know, the National Federation of the Blind is The oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. On Friday, February 28, 2014, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced TEACH) Act (S. 2060). The TEACH Act, which is the result of collaboration between the NFB and the Association of American Publishers, and which has been endorsed by eleven other organizations of and for people with disabilities, will create accessibility guidelines for electronic instructional materials and related information technologies used by institutions of higher education. The introduction of the bill was announced during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing focusing on college access and success for students with disabilities.

A companion bill, H.R. 3505, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) on November 15, 2013. The bills have the same text, making it easier for Congress to pass this simple solution to an outrageous problem.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Every day, blind college students face frustration and despair in the pursuit of their education because of inaccessible technology. E-readers, Web content, mobile applications, and learning management systems are integral to the twenty-first-century college experience, and students with disabilities are being needlessly left behind. No student can be expected to succeed in college if he or she is denied access to critical course material. Schools and manufacturers must embrace readily available accessibility solutions so that all students can benefit from educational technology, and the guidelines established by the TEACH Act will make it clear how manufacturers and institutions of higher education can best serve students with disabilities. These guidelines are long overdue, and we applaud Senators Warren and Hatch for introducing this critical bill.”

Senator Warren said in a statement: “It’s critically important that university services and course materials remain accessible to students with disabilities as technology advances and changes the way we communicate and learn. I’m pleased to join Senator Hatch to introduce the TEACH Act, which would help promote the use of educational technologies that meet the needs of all students.”

Senator Hatch said: “Technological advances have increased educational opportunities for everyone but especially for students with disabilities. However, in order to benefit from these new technologies students need to be able to access them. The TEACH Act promotes the development of guidelines to assist educational institutions in selecting and offering course materials and services that students of all abilities can benefit from, and as someone who helped write the Americans with Disabilities Act, I’m proud to support it.”

Taxi Magic Testers Needed in San Francisco and Los Angeles

Contact Tim Elder, Member, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind of California, if you want to help give feedback and names of users to help us with testing. Would you be interested in helping out in the next few months? If you’re interested in providing feedback or participating in user testing, please fill out this survey:

Taxi Magic VoiceOver Testing Survey

Ideally, we’re looking for users to download and use development versions of our app and take a few rides to provide feedback to us. We would provide you Magic Credits for the test rides and this could be done on your own time.

Let me know if this would be of interest to you. We really appreciate the help in improving our apps! And feel free to pass this survey along to anyone else you know who may be interested! Feel free to contact at jen@taximagic.com with any questions.

Action in Congress-
I am happy to report that Congressman Vargas has signed onto HR 164 Space Available. Also Congressman McNerney has co sponsored HR 831 Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities. Way to go gang!

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
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