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

 

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
**********************************************

PLEASE PRINT

Full Name: _____________________________________________________________

Address:  ______________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________

Email Address:__________________________________________________________

Name of person who told you about the event: ________________________________

 

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