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The California Connection (2017 Editions)



California Connection - Current Edition
August 18, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for August 18.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by 5:00 PM on Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From The President

There will be no Presidents call in August. We will resume in September with discussion about chapter elections, Canes Across California and more!


Seeking An Accountant

CCB is looking for an Accountant who can volunteer their time to help develop Internal Financial Controls in accordance with GAAP principles for the office.

Call Paul in the office at 800-221-6359 if you know anyone who may be interested in helping out.


Canes Across California

Registration for round two ends Monday August 21. We need more of you to step up so we can get discounted prices on our t-shirts and so we can keep the momentum for this event going.


CCB Survey

Thanks to the almost 20 people who have already completed the survey.

Under the original impetus of the Publications Committee, a number of people have worked long and hard to prepare this all-important survey of our members to find out who we are, what skills we have and what needs CCB should work toward meeting.
The survey contains about 30 questions and may take up to a half hour to complete.

The survey can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRD7YDX
or call Nicole at the office at 800-221-6359 to assist you in completing it.


Redwood Empire Chapter Meeting

Come join the redwood Empire chapter for our September meeting where we will hear from Jeff Thom on CCB governmental affairs issues.

When: September 9 from noon to 3:00 PM.
Where: Earle Baum Center of the Blind, 4539 Occidental Road, room 3, Santa Rosa.
There will be a pizza and soda lunch before the meeting starts.
Cost for lunch: $5

Please RSVP to Larry hall by phone at (707)538-2153 or by email at larry3@sonic.net by noon on September 6 so we know how much to order.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection August 11, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for August 11.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by 5:00 PM on Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From The President

Board Meeting:
To listen to the recording of the August 10 board meeting by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 61635862 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
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2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


Boost Website Accessibility

The website for the manufacturer of our Canes Across California t-shirts is "Boost" and they are willing to make their site more accessible. We will be using them in the future for various promotional CCB gear and want to create a positive experience for our members. Currently the site is somewhat inaccessible.

If you would be willing to work with Boost in the near term to check their website for accessibility please contact Paul in the office at 800-221-6359. As yet, no one has stepped forward.


CCB Survey

Under the original impetus of the Publications Committee, a number of people have worked long and hard to prepare this all-important survey of our members to find out who we are, what skills we have and what needs CCB should work toward meeting.
The survey contains about 30 questions and may take up to a half hour to complete.

The survey can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRD7YDX
or call Nicole at the office at 800-221-6359 to assist you in completing it.


Greater LA Chapter Meeting

The next meeting of the Greater LA Chapter, CCB, will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and feature Rick Pope as its speaker from the Los Angeles City Disability Section of Disaster Preparedness.

We meet at Corky's Restaurant, 5043 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA, a block and a half south of Magnolia Blvd from 10:30 AM for our meal and social time with the meeting from 12:30 to 2:15 PM.
Please email or call chapter president Ken Metz at kenmetz1946@gmail.com or (818) 882-3610 with your reservations no later than Tuesday, August 15, 2017 if you will be able to attend.


Frank Welte On Speaking Out For The Blind

From Brian McCallen
Hello Speaking Out for the Blind listeners

I will be interviewing CCB's Frank Welte about the organization's Canes Across California event for the program on August 16th at 7:30PM Pacific on ACB Radio Mainstream.

Here's how to access ACB Radio Mainstream:


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection August 4, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for August 4.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by 5:00 PM on Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Constitutional Update

The Constitution and Bylaws committee has been hard at work. We have identified 6 separate areas of CCB that need to be addressed in the new bylaws.

We have drafted a report that is to long to be included in the connection recordings. The written report and a link to an mp3 audio recording is being distributed to the various CCB lists. your chapter president or their representative should have the audio file and can provide it to you.
If you need it in Braille or large print please call the CCB office at 800-221-6359 and one can be sent to you.


State Legislature Web Site

From Jeff Thom:
At our 2017 CCB convention, we adopted a resolution at which we expressed our concerns for the accessibility of the state Legislature's website and materials.

I would like to pull together a few individuals who have strong technology expertise and who either have some degree of knowledge about the legislative process or prepared to learn more about it. It is my intention that this group begin to look at the problem, so that we can better dialogue with appropriate staff in the months to come. Such dialogue cannot commence until we are well-prepared.

If you are interested in this project and feel that you have the abilities needed to contribute, please e-mail me at jsthom@comcast.net or call me at (916)995-3967.


From The President

Board Meeting:
When: Thursday, August 10 7:00 PM
Call-in number: 712-770-8014
access code: 127353.

The agenda includes the treasurer's report, board assignments, Canes Across California, the 2018 convention activities and more.


Grants Update

Thanks to the "tower Garden" proposal submitted by members of our capital Chapter, we have applied for the Gardens grant for the Sacramento region. We will know the outcome in a few months.

Despite not having official word about our VISTA Grant, Paul has been accepted for a Supervisors Training for VISTA volunteers which he will attend in Phoenix beginning August 14.

We learned Monday July 31 that CCB did not get any of the OIB funds we sought from The Department of Rehabilitation. But as Jeff Thom so eloquently put it, the very fact that we could apply for such a huge grant is a tribute to the CCB and to our CEO Paul Shane.

Paul is hard at work on other grants including one on increasing communications.


Boost Website Accessibility

The website for the manufacturer of our Canes Across California t-shirts is "Boost" and they are willing to make their site more accessible. We will be using them in the future for various promotional CCB gear and want to create a positive experience for our members. Currently the site is somewhat inaccessible.

If you would be willing to work with Boost in the near term to check their website for accessibility please contact Paul in the office at 800-221-6359. As yet, no one has stepped forward.


CCB Survey

Under the original impetus of the Publications Committee, a number of people have worked long and hard to prepare this all-important survey of our members to find out who we are, what skills we have and what needs CCB should work toward meeting.
The survey contains about 30 questions and may take up to a half hour to complete.

The survey can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRD7YDX
or call Nicole at the office at 800-221-6359 to assist you in completing it.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection July 28, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for July 28.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by 5:00 PM on Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Remembrance

From Jerry Kuns:
On Sunday, July 23rd Theresa Postello passed away, the result of a fast acting cancer.

Theresa passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family in her home, as was her wish. There is no announcement at this time about a memorial service. I am devastated by the loss of her, yet filled with love and memories of my time shared with her.

Theresa accomplished so much and helped so many people in her time here, a quintessential good person who always encouraged and uplifted those around her.

If you have any ideas for honoring or remembering her, please send them to Jennifer Sachs at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco.


State Legislature Web Site

From Jeff Thom:
At our 2017 CCB convention, we adopted a resolution at which we expressed our concerns for the accessibility of the state Legislature's website and materials.

I would like to pull together a few individuals who have strong technology expertise and who either have some degree of knowledge about the legislative process or prepared to learn more about it. It is my intention that this group begin to look at the problem, so that we can better dialogue with appropriate staff in the months to come. Such dialogue cannot commence until we are well-prepared.

If you are interested in this project and feel that you have the abilities needed to contribute, please e-mail me at jsthom@comcast.net or call me at (916)995-3967.


From The President:
Boost Website Accessibility

The website for the manufacturer of our Canes Across California t-shirts is "Boost" and they are willing to make their site more accessible. We will be using them in the future for various promotional CCB gear and want to create a positive experience for our members. Currently the site is somewhat inaccessible.

If you would be willing to work with Boost in the near term to check their website for accessibility please contact Paul in the office at 800-221-6359.


Presidents Call Recording

The conference call recording, Presidents call 7-25-17, created on 7/25/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.

To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 97720117 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


Cinema West Audio Description

From Margie Donovan:
I would like to speak with blind and visually impaired individuals who have used or attempted to use audio description services at a Cinema West movie theater in the past year.

If you have done so without success, please contact me.
My contact information is Margie.donovan1@outlook.com or home phone 916-293-9505.


Senior Center Without Walls

from Bonnie Rennie:
I will be presenting on CcB at Senior Center Without Walls, on Thursday, August third, at 11 p.m.

SCwW is a free telephone community. among the many groups offered are two for people with vision loss. Perhaps you'd like to join us, and add your voice as an enthusiastic booster of CCB.

To register and participate, please call the Senior Center Without Walls office by Wednesday, August 2.
SCWW's phone number is 877 797-7299.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection July 21, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for July 21.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CCB Office Hours

The CCB office will be closing at 11:30 AM on Thursday July 27. it will be open again on Friday morning.


From The President

It's that time again: our monthly presidents call.

When: Tuesday, July 25 at 7 PM
Call 712-770-8014 and use access code 127353.


Canes Across California Blast Off

The dates for CAC are August 15 through Sunday October 15.
No matter how your chapter or affiliate participates, we encourage you to register as an individual for $30. The registration fee profits go to CCB, but anything your chapter or affiliate raises stays with that chapter. Individuals or individual teams can decide whether to send money they raise to CCB or to a local affiliate.

There will be at least two more registration deadlines so that everyone who registers can receive a t-shirt by the time their event occurs. In each timeframe, we pay full price for the first 8 shirts but the rest cost us nothing.
Within minutes of opening registration, we had many board members and some chapter presidents and others sign up.

To make the deadline for this first round, Call Nicole Pacheco at the office 916-441-2100 or 800-221-6359 no later than Tuesday July 25.

The acronym CANES stands for Collaboration Through Advocacy, Networking, Engagement and Service.
Learn more about the event on the next Presidents call on July 25 and by reading Paul Shane's message in the Summer Blind Californian.


Boost Website Accessibility

The website for the manufacturer of our t-shirts is "Boost" and they are willing to make their site more accessible.
We will be using them in the future for various promotional CCB gear and want to create a positive experience for our members.

Currently the site is somewhat inaccessible. If you would be willing to work with Boost in the near term to check their website for accessibility please contact Paul at the office.


East Bay Center F/T Blind Open House

Come join the East bay center for an afternoon of socializing and refreshments. Hear about our classes, activities and services.
This is an open house you will not want to miss!

Where - East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, Ca 94703
When - July 29th, 12-3 PM

With any questions, email eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com or phone: 510 843-6935.


Survey Opportunity About Community Mobility

Georgia Tech researchers are studying the experiences of people who have had a vision impairment for at least 5 years and rely on technologies that provide sound output (e.g., GPS, talking watches, VoiceOver on iPhone, sonic canes, crosswalks with sounds) when they are out and about in their communities.
We are most concerned with how easy or difficult it is to hear the sounds from these technologies.

To complete our survey, please go to the following link: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/cece772ce8d3

If you prefer an alternative to the electronic survey or have questions about participating in this research project, please contact Dr. Carrie Bruce at 404-385-6916 or carrie.bruce@gatech.edu


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection July 14, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for July 14.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CANES Across California

The dates for the CANES Across California Campaign have been changed to August 15th-October 15th. If you would like to receive your T-Shirts by the August 15th Kick-off event, you will need to register by July 25th at the absolute latest.

The registration fee is $30. To register, please call the office at 800-221-6359 beginning on the 19th of July.


Legislative Update

From Jeff Thom:
We took a huge step forward this week toward elimination of the Guide Dog Board on January 1, 2018. AB1705 is being amended in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to allow the board to be abolished and instead provide that instructors must be employed by guide dog schools certified by the International Guide Dog Federation, which is essentially the case already.

Through the coordinated efforts, the CCB, NFBC, Guide Dogs for the Blind and other advocates and organizations we have made the Legislature understand that the board is no longer necessary and is often counterproductive in terms of consumer protection. We aren't over the goal line yet, with final passage in both houses needed before adjournment in early September and then a signature by the Governor, so we'll let you know when more letters are necessary.


East Bay Center F/T Blind Open House

Come join the East bay center for an afternoon of socializing and refreshments. Hear about our classes, activities and services. This is an open house you will not want to miss!

Where East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, Ca 94703
When July 29th, 12-3 PM

With any questions, email eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com or phone: 510 843-6935.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection June 30, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for June 30.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Editor's Note

Due to many of us traveling to the ACB convention there will not be a connection on July 7th.
have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!


Office Closure Dates

The CCB office will be closed starting on Friday June 30 and reopening on Monday July 10.


Blind Californian

By now you should have received your Blind Californian in the mail. If you have not received yours or you received the wrong version please call Nicole Pacheco in the CCB office at 800-221-6359. She will be on vacation the first 2 weeks of July but leave a voicemail and she will get back to you.


Presidents Call Recording

The conference call recording, Membership seminar 6-27-17, created on 6/27/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 30770265 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


San Gabriel Valley Chapter Event

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter invites you to our Summer Social, on Saturday July 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Alex Di Peppe's Italian Restaurant, in Arcadia.

RSVPs are absolutely necessary.
Everyone will be ordering from a modified menu, with separate checks.
We will have the restaurant to ourselves, with a 50 person limit, so RSVPs will be accepted in the order received, through July 14th.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact: Steve Aminoff.
Phone: 626-445-6727
Email: s_aminoff@sbcglobal.net

Our chapter looks forward to seeing you on July 22nd.


East LA Chapter July Meeting Location, Date, And Time Change

East LA CCB chapter will not be meeting at the Garcia Home on the second Saturday of July. We are currently working on a new meeting location for our July meeting and do not have a date or location at this time.

For meeting location, time and date; and to RSVP the event please call (626)656-5405 or email Stephanie Rood President at East.LA.CCB.chapter@Gmail.com


Glendale Burbank Thank You
To The Members And Friends Of CCB

On behalf of the Glendale Burbank Chapter of CCb, I would like to thank all the CCb members and friends who came to support our fund raiser at CPK in burbank. WE, as a chapter appreciate your support.
Jim Chamberlain


MuV Demonstration

Looking for a new, safe and comfortable way to get daily exercise?

The California Council of the Blind and ontheMuV® want to share the prototype of the world's first motorized mini-treadmill - used while seated - for a safe and comfortable cardio workout.

"I love it because I don't have to think about it. I just sit at my desk or in my easy chair and move my feet at a fairly slow pace. But I get the benefits of full-sized treadmills."
Judy Wilkinson, President California Council of the Blind

Your input is important!
Come try out the new MuV and you will be automatically entered to win a free unit!

Drop-ins can be accommodated, but better to call Hyla 310-927-8883 or email Hyla@onthemuV.com to set an appointment for July 3rd, 4th or 5th in the Fremont Room.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection June 23, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for June 23.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Office Closure Dates

The CCB office will be closed starting on Friday June 30 and reopening on Monday July 10.


From The President

Presidents Call:
Our June presidents call will be held Monday, June 26 at 7 PM.

Dial-in number: 712-770-8014
access code: 127353.

The agenda will include:

  1. Discussion of a fun "gardening" grant.
  2. Canes Across California Updates since the valuable input call.
  3. Web site update.
  4. more.


Support The California Colossals In ACB's Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk

Saturday July 1 at 7 AM will find the CCB team The California Colossals participating in this annual ACB fundraiser.
Sign up yourself as an in-person or virtual walker at the team page: https://acb.donorpages.com/2017ACBWalk/CaliforniaColossals/ or call Nancy Becker in the ACB Minneapolis office at 612-332-3242
Remember you can designate CCB to receive 50% of your donation.


Celebrations Contest

And The Winner Is!

The Convention Program Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the contest for creating a theme for the 2018 convention is Olivia Ostergaard who will receive a banquet ticket.

The committee adapted her suggestion so the 2018 conference/convention theme is:
Drum Roll Please!

California Council of the Blind
Celebrating new opportunities and new horizons.

Thanks to the others who submitted such thoughtful ideas.


Attention Californians Attending The ACB Convention

California will no doubt be the largest delegation at the upcoming ACB convention. I have already heard from 50 or 60 people who are planning on attending the convention. We need a chair count if you plan to attend any of the general sessions, but let me know you're attending even if you won't be at those sessions.

Please email or phone me at the contact information provided elsewhere in this message.

When you receive your ACB convention badge, make sure it has a dot on it if you intend to vote. Inform me immediately if you don't have a dot but know yourself to be a CCB member.

Contact information:
president@ccbnet.org
510-388-5079


Constitution And Bylaws Committee Update

The C&B committee has been hard at work mapping out the process for updating the CCB constitution. After our membership-wide conference call earlier in June we have decided to focus on calling the new document bylaws which will lay out the overall operation for CCB and then move the procedural items in to separate documents that can be updated by the board. We are now moving forward with the actual writing and hope to start having something to share very soon. Finally, a member of the C&B committee will be contacting every chapter or affiliate soon to make sure everyone is kept up to date as well as to receive any feedback.


Telephonic Mentorship Training Program
Presented By The CCB Membership Committee

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Dial-in number: 712-770-8014
Access Code: 127353

Whether you know it or not, someone out there sees you as their mentor. If you would like to learn about how to become a mentor and/or how to find one, this seminar is for you. If you would like to find out about what a mentor is or is not, this training program has your name on it. For those of you who would like to learn about mentorship in the workplace, we would like to hear your smiling inquisitive voice on the call.

During the Mentor Training Program, CCB Committee Core Members will inform you about various aspects of mentoring. The Membership Committee hopes that many of you are planning on attending the Mentorship seminar. Note: special activities will be included in this training program.

The overall purpose of the CCB Membership Training Program is to provide the CCB members with an opportunity to learn how good mentorship relationships can help strengthen the entire CCB organization.


CCB Board Call Recording

The conference call recording, Board meeting 6-15-17, created on 6/15/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.

To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 88886141 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute.


MuV Demonstration

Looking for a new, safe and comfortable way to get daily exercise?

The California Council of the Blind and ontheMuV® want to share the prototype of the world's first motorized mini-treadmill - used while seated - for a safe and comfortable cardio workout.

"I love it because I don't have to think about it. I just sit at my desk or in my easy chair and move my feet at a fairly slow pace. But I get the benefits of full-sized treadmills."
Judy Wilkinson, President California Council of the Blind

Your input is important!
Come try out the new MuV and you will be automatically entered to win a free unit!

Drop-ins can be accommodated, but better to call Hyla 310-927-8883 or email Hyla@onthemuV.com to set an appointment for July 3rd, 4th or 5th in the Fremont Room.


ACB Raffle Tickets

How does a cool 5k in your pocket sound?
Well, if you want to support the Braille Forum and win a chance to make $5,000, $1,000, or $500 at the same time, then consider purchasing a Braille Forum raffle ticket. The tickets are $50, and up to five names can be placed on each ticket.

If you or your chapter would like to purchase a ticket, you can send a check to Jeff Thom, at 7414 MoonCrest Way, Sacramento, 95831 and I will submit your ticket and give you your stub.
Thanks for considering the support of the Braille Forum.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection June 16, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for June 16.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From The President

Presidents Call:
Our June presidents call will be held Monday, June 26 at 7 PM.
Dial-in number: 712-770-8014
access code: 127353.


Support The California Colossals In ACB's Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk

Saturday July 1 at 7 AM will find the CCB team The California Colossals participating in this annual ACB fundraiser.
Sign up yourself as an in-person or virtual walker at the team page: https://acb.donorpages.com/2017ACBWalk/CaliforniaColossals/ or call Nancy Becker in the ACB Minneapolis office at 612-332-3242
Remember you can designate CCB to receive 50% of your donation.


Celebrations Contest

You could attend the 2018 CCB convention banquet for free if you submit the winning theme for our 2018 conference/convention. Include the notion of "Celebrations" in your submission.
The deadline is Wednesday, June 21. The winning theme will be selected by the Convention Program Planning Committee at its meeting on Thursday June 22 in time for announcement in that week's Connection.

Send suggestions to Program Chair Jeff Thom at jsthom@comcast.net or his cell phone 916-995-3967.


Attention Californians Attending The ACB Convention

California will no doubt be the largest delegation at the upcoming ACB convention. I have already heard from 50 or 60 people who are planning on attending the convention. We need a chair count if you plan to attend any of the general sessions, but let me know you're attending even if you won't be at those sessions.

Please email or phone me at the contact information provided elsewhere in this message.

When you receive your ACB convention badge, make sure it has a dot on it if you intend to vote. Inform me immediately if you don't have a dot but know yourself to be a CCB member.

Contact information:
president@ccbnet.org
510-388-5079


CCB Board Call Recording

The conference call recording, Board meeting 6-15-17, created on 6/15/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.

To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 88886141 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute.


Glendale Burbank Area Chapter Fundraiser

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter will be hosting a fund raiser on June 22 at the Burbank CPK located at: 601 N. San fernando Road, cross street Cypress
phone: 818-972-2589.

This is an all day fund raiser for which you will need to show a flier.
For further information call Jim at (818)445-2603.


ACB Raffle Tickets

How does a cool 5k in your pocket sound?
Well, if you want to support the Braille Forum and win a chance to make $5,000, $1,000, or $500 at the same time, then consider purchasing a Braille Forum raffle ticket. The tickets are $50, and up to five names can be placed on each ticket.

If you or your chapter would like to purchase a ticket, you can send a check to Jeff Thom, at 7414 MoonCrest Way, Sacramento, 95831 and I will submit your ticket and give you your stub.
Thanks for considering the support of the Braille Forum.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection June 9, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for June 9.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From The President

Testing Democracy Live Voting Program RAVBM (Remote Access Vote By Mail) for our San Mateo Legal Case
This is different from the similar test being conducted during a similar timeframe by the Secretary of State's office.

CCB has undertaken to provide testers for this voting program. The turnaround time is short: contact me by close of business Monday, June 12. You must return your test results by Monday June 19. We need users of the four main screen reading programs: JAWS, WindowEyes, NVDA and VoiceOver as well as magnification programs ZoomText and Magic.
Testing begins Wednesday June 14. Participants will receive instructions.

Contact me no later than Monday and include in the body of your message your email address, phone number and which screen reading program(s) you will be using.


Board Meeting

Our next board meeting will be held Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM.

Call-in number 712-770-8014
access code 127353.

Agenda items include:


Support The California Colossals In ACB's Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk

Saturday July 1 at 7 AM will find the CCB team The California Colossals participating in this annual ACB fundraiser.
Sign up yourself as an in-person or virtual walker at the team page: https://acb.donorpages.com/2017ACBWalk/CaliforniaColossals/ or call Nancy Becker in the ACB Minneapolis office at 612-332-3242
Remember you can designate CCB to receive 50% of your donation.


Celebrations Contest

You could attend the 2018 CCB convention banquet for free if you submit the winning theme for our 2018 conference/convention. Include the notion of "Celebrations" in your submission.
The deadline is Wednesday, June 21. The winning theme will be selected by the Convention Program Planning Committee at its meeting on Thursday June 22 in time for announcement in that week's Connection.

Send suggestions to Program Chair Jeff Thom at jsthom@comcast.net or his cell phone 916-995-3967.


Attention Californians Attending The ACB Convention

California will no doubt be the largest delegation at the upcoming ACB convention. We need a chair count if you plan to attend any of the general sessions, but let me know you're attending even if you won't be at those sessions.

Please email or phone me at the contact information provided elsewhere in this message.

When you receive your ACB convention badge, make sure it has a dot on it if you intend to vote. Inform me immediately if you don't have a dot but know yourself to be a CCB member.

Contact information:
president@ccbnet.org
510-388-5079.


Convention Audio

Special thanks to Steve Aminoff for getting the 2017 convention audio archives together.

The Audio Archive page is now live with the 2017 Conference and Convention update.
The direct link is:
http://www.ccbnet.org/Conventionarchives.htm


California Council of Blind Students Affiliate Call

Please join the California Council of Blind Students for our monthly conference call. There will be a board meeting first with a membership call after.

date and time: Sunday June 4 at 7:00 PM
Call in number: 302) 202-1114
conference code: 694810


Glendale Burbank Area Chapter Fundraiser

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter will be hosting a fund raiser on June 22 at the Burbank CPK located at: 601 N. San fernando Road, cross street Cypress
phone: 818-972-2589.

This is an all day fund raiser for which you will need to show a flier.
For further information call Jim at (818)445-2603.


ACB Raffle Tickets

How does a cool 5k in your pocket sound?
Well, if you want to support the Braille Forum and win a chance to make $5,000, $1,000, or $500 at the same time, then consider purchasing a Braille Forum raffle ticket. The tickets are $50, and up to five names can be placed on each ticket.

If you or your chapter would like to purchase a ticket, you can send a check to Jeff Thom, at 7414 MoonCrest Way, Sacramento, 95831 and I will submit your ticket and give you your stub.
Thanks for considering the support of the Braille Forum.


Accessible Vote By Mail

The Secretary of State Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment (OVSTA) will be testing a remote accessible vote by mail system (Democracy Lives' Secure Select 1.0).
They are seeking volunteer testers over the duration of three (3) days from June 14 to June 16, 2017.

The testing will take approximately one and a half hours (1.5).
Each volunteer will vote three separate ballots and respond to a survey about the experience.

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact OVSTA at (916) 695-1680 or voting.systems@sos.ca.gov.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection June 2, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for June 2.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Constitution And Bylaws Conference Call

the C&B committee wants your feedback. We will have a conference call on Wednesday June 7th at 7:30 PM to begin gathering feedback on the process of updating the constitution and bylaws.

Call in Number: (712)432-1500
Access code: 680168

Questions to come ready to discuss:


Canes Across California Conference Call

A Canes Across California conference call will occur on Thursday June 8th beginning at 7:30 PM.

Call in number is 712-432-3066.
Access code is 499700.

Everything that you ever wanted to know about the Canes Across California campaign in one place at one time.
What is the purpose of the event? What will the event entail? How will it benefit my chapter? Can I participate as an individual? And much more. Plus, we want to gather your input as we shape this fluid event to meet everyone's needs and abilities.


Convention Audio

Special thanks to Steve Aminoff for getting the 2017 convention audio archives together.

The Audio Archive page is now live with the 2017 Conference and Convention update.
The direct link is:
http://www.ccbnet.org/Conventionarchives.htm


Legislative Update

From Jeff Thom:
The opposition to AB1705, which would extend the life of the Guide Dog Board, continues to have enormous impact. After the initial committee reduced from four to two years the time of extension, the Assembly Appropriations Committee reduced that extension to one year, from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The bill will almost certainly pass the Assembly in the next week or so and we will give you a further update at that time.


California Council of Blind Students Affiliate Call

Please join the California Council of Blind Students for our monthly conference call. There will be a board meeting first with a membership call after.

date and time: Sunday June 4 at 7:00 PM
Call in number: 302) 202-1114
conference code: 694810


Bayview Chapter Fundraiser

Bayview Chapter will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday, June 10, at East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, from noon to four.

Cost is $10.00 for old-time radio and Chinese food.

Make Reservations by Wednesday, June 7 with Patty , 510-521-2042, or Cathie 510-357-1986.


East Los Angeles Chapter Fundraiser

East Los Angeles chapter annual Mexican luncheon fundraiser on June 10 from 11 to 2 at the Garcia Home 1226 S. McBride, Cross St., Olympic.
Meal tickets are $12 each.

To RSVP please call Albert Contreras at (626) 512-1797, Stephanie Rood at 818-321-4205 or Lynn Coats at (818) 298-1345.


Glendale Burbank Area Chapter Fundraiser

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter will be hosting a fund raiser on June 22 at the Burbank CPK located at: 601 N. San fernando Road, cross street Cypress
phone: 818-972-2589.

This is an all day fund raiser for which you will need to show a flier.
For further information call Jim at (818)445-2603.


ACB Raffle Tickets

How does a cool 5k in your pocket sound?
Well, if you want to support the Braille Forum and win a chance to make $5,000, $1,000, or $500 at the same time, then consider purchasing a Braille Forum raffle ticket. The tickets are $50, and up to five names can be placed on each ticket.

If you or your chapter would like to purchase a ticket, you can send a check to Jeff Thom, at 7414 MoonCrest Way, Sacramento, 95831 and I will submit your ticket and give you your stub.
Thanks for considering the support of the Braille Forum.


Technology Seminar

The LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco will hold a "Talk to Your Technology" seminar about voice assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home on Monday, June 12, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

To RSVP, please email elauridsen@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7368


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection May 26, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for May 26.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Office Closure

The CCB office will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial day.


Constitution And Bylaws Conference Call

the C&B committee wants your feedback. We will have a conference call on Wednesday June 7th at 7:30 PM to begin gathering feedback on the process of updating the constitution and bylaws.

Call in Number: (712)432-1500
Access code: 680168

Stay tuned to the next edition of the California Connection for questions we would like to discuss.


Canes Across California Conference Call

A Canes Across California conference call will occur on Thursday June 8th beginning at 7:30 PM.

Call in number is 712-432-3066.
Access code is 499700.

Everything that you ever wanted to know about the Canes Across California campaign in one place at one time.
What is the purpose of the event? What will the event entail? How will it benefit my chapter? Can I participate as an individual? And much more. Plus, we want to gather your input as we shape this fluid event to meet everyone's needs and abilities.


Redwood Empire Chapter Event

The Redwood Empire chapter will be hosting its monthly walk-about on Wednesday, May 31.
Paratransit riders should ask to be at Chileno's Mexican Restaurant at noon and picked up there at three.
The address of the restaurant is 1079 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.


Bayview Chapter Fundraiser

Bayview Chapter will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday, June 10, at East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, from noon to four.

Cost is $10.00 for old-time radio and Chinese food.

Make Reservations by Wednesday, June 7 with Patty , 510-521-2042, or Cathie 510-357-1986.


East Los Angeles Chapter Fundraiser

East Los Angeles chapter annual Mexican luncheon fundraiser on June 10 from 11 to 2 at the Garcia Home 1226 S. McBride, Cross St., Olympic.
Meal tickets are $12 each.

To RSVP please call Albert Contreras at (626) 512-1797, Stephanie Rood at 818-321-4205 or Lynn Coats at (818) 298-1345.


ACB Raffle Tickets

How does a cool 5k in your pocket sound?
Well, if you want to support the Braille Forum and win a chance to make $5,000, $1,000, or $500 at the same time, then consider purchasing a Braille Forum raffle ticket. The tickets are $50, and up to five names can be placed on each ticket.

If you or your chapter would like to purchase a ticket, you can send a check to Jeff Thom, at 7414 MoonCrest Way, Sacramento, 95831 and I will submit your ticket and give you your stub.
Thanks for considering the support of the Braille Forum.


Items For Sale

1 Santana tandem bike for sail asking $1,400. It is blue, about 15 years old and in top condition. It has a miner dent, and one scratch. Recently serviced

Talking thermostat for sail asking $40

A braille writer for sail asking $400.00 recently serviced and cleaned

All prices are negotiable

For more information, contact Margie at Margie.donovan1@outlook.com or call 916-293-9505


Open House

Twin Vision Library open house
When: Sunday June 4, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: 18440 Oxnard ST.

For more information call (818)343-2022 or email jbeecham@actionfund.org


Job Opening
Disability Access Coordinator

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill a Disability Access Coordinator vacancy.

Click the following link to the City of Oakland job opportunities page, where you can find the full job announcement and application:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection May 19, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for May 19.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


President's Call

There will not be a President's call in May. Judy will be contacting presidents individually.


Items For Sale

1 Santana tandem bike for sail asking $1,400. It is blue, about 15 years old and in top condition. It has a miner dent, and one scratch. Recently serviced

Talking thermostat for sail asking $40

A braille writer for sail asking $400.00 recently serviced and cleaned

All prices are negotiable

For more information, contact Margie at Margie.donovan1@outlook.com or call 916-293-9505


Open House

Twin Vision Library open house
When: Sunday June 4, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: 18440 Oxnard ST.

For more information call (818)343-2022 or email jbeecham@actionfund.org


Job Opening
Disability Access Coordinator

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill a Disability Access Coordinator vacancy.

Click the following link to the City of Oakland job opportunities page, where you can find the full job announcement and application:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection May 12, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for May 12.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Phone Announcements

The current governmental affairs report can be heard by calling the CCB office at 800-221-6359 and pressing option 5.


CCB Scholarship Message From Christy Crespin

As chair of the CCB Scholarship Committee, I would like to invite all eligible legally blind students to follow the link below and apply for the CCB 2017-2018 scholarship at your very earliest convenience. The link will close at the end of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

We have special interest in those students involved in music, government, and fine arts.
If you are a graduate student, a full-time under-graduate, or will be a freshman student in the fall, please stop by and apply at the link below.
http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm

For questions, contact the CCB office at 800-221-6359 or Christy at ccrespin@att.net


ACB Leadership Fellows Award

Congratulations to Sarah Harris of Fresno for being one of the winners of the 2017 ACB leadership Fellows award. Sarah will be traveling to Reno this summer for the ACB national convention. Please join us in filling Sarah's inboxes with messages.


Fresno Chapter Fund Raiser

CCB Fresno Flap jack fundraiser
Location: Applebee's 3604 W. Shaw Ave.,
Date/time: Saturday, May 20 from 8 -10 AAM
Cost: $10

Contact Sarah Harris at (559)816-1507 or crazyblindlady@gmail.com for more information.


Open House

Twin Vision Library open house
When: Sunday June 4, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: 18440 Oxnard ST.

For more information call (818)343-2022 or email jbeecham@actionfund.org


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection May 5, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for May 5.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


California Council Of The Blind 2017 Annual Conference And Convention Feedback Survey

The California Council of the Blind (CCB) is very appreciative of those who attended in person or online via ACBRADIO the 2017 Annual Conference and Convention.

This survey is intended to obtain attendees' input as to their satisfaction with the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel concerning both guest and meeting rooms and the Conference and Convention program. We appreciate your recommendations for future conferences and conventions.
In answering the survey questions, be as specific as you can.

Please complete the survey form, found below the line, on or before Sunday May 14th, 2017.
Survey responses are to be emailed to jsthom@comcast.net.
For those needing assistance in completing the form, call the CCB office 1-800-221-6359 no later than Friday May 12.
Sincerely,
Jeff Thom
Chair, Conference and Convention Committee


Conference And Convention Survey

  1. How satisfied were you with the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles hotel (e.g. rooms, plated meals, lighting, etc.)?
    Tell us why or why not, and be specific.

  2. Tell us your experiences with the hotel restaurants in regards to the: quality of food, meal prices, and level of service.

  3. Were the hotel staff and volunteers helpful and courteous? Were there sufficient numbers of each? If not, please explain.

  4. What were your experiences in accessing individual exhibitors in the exhibit room?

  5. Please provide contact information (e.g. name, phone number, email address, and mailing address) for exhibitors who should be invited to exhibit at future conferences and conventions.

  6. Were you satisfied with the sound quality of presentations in the main session room and in other rooms used at the convention?

  7. If you used one of the assistive listening devices, did it function to your satisfaction and were you able to participate more effectively in those sessions where the technology was available to you?

  8. If you listened to the convention via ACBRADIO, how satisfied were you with your listening experience?

  9. Were there any presentations made or topics covered at the general session or by a committee or special interest group you found to be informative and valuable to you?
    Would you like a similar presentation to be given as part of a future general session or committee or special-interest affiliate program?

  10. Were you satisfied with the format of the Candidates Forum, and if not what format would you prefer?

  11. Did you enjoy the new plated meal themes? Should they be continued and are there other themes that you believe might be worth trying?

  12. If you are a guide dog user, what were your experiences with the relieving area? If you feel any changes should be made, please include them.

  13. Should we continue the practice of holding our primary business session Sunday, and if not, how would you change the convention format?

  14. Overall was the Conference and Convention a success?

  15. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us


Phone Announcements

The CCB convention feedback survey can be heard by calling the CCB office at 800-221-6359 and pressing option 6.

The current governmental affairs report can be heard by calling the same number and pressing option 5.


President's Call Recording

You can now listen to the Presidents call from April 25 2017.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 27191501 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


CCB Scholarship Message From Christy Crespin

As chair of the CCB Scholarship Committee, I would like to invite all eligible legally blind students to follow the link below and apply for the CCB 2017-2018 scholarship at your very earliest convenience. The link will close at the end of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

We have special interest in those students involved in music, government, and fine arts.
If you are a graduate student, a full-time under-graduate, or will be a freshman student in the fall, please stop by and apply at the link below.
http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm

For questions, contact the CCB office at 800-221-6359 or Christy at ccrespin@att.net


Yosemite Gateway Chapter Fund Raiser

The Yosemite Gateway chapter will be hosting a Brunching Blind fundraiser at Applebee's in Merced, CA, on Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 - 9:30 am.
Tickets are $7.

Contact Tanya Williams at 209-626-0258 or Margaret Buchmann-Garcia at 209-722-8118 for more information.


Blind And Beyond Radio Interview

Olivia Ostergaard of the Fresno CCB chapter will be talking about her new memoir on May 14 at 5:15 PM.

Stream show live at wokbradio.com or on Tune-in Radio
Listen only: Call 518-712-0057


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection April 28, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for April 28.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Health Wishes

Please offer your thoughts and prayers for Cathie Skivers. She is battling Bronchitis just days before her birthday on May 2nd.


Connection Guidelines

In order to best serve all interests and to allow the phone recording of the entire connection we are making some changes to connection submissions.
Beginning with the May 5 edition of the connection chapter, local, and non CCB announcements can only include the event, location, time, and who to contact. We apologize but we are no longer able to include details such as biographies and menus in the space we have.
CCB state announcements will still be full length in order to provide everyone as much information as possible.
Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with this endeavor.


Updates From The Office:
From CEO Paul Shane

Please join me in a warm welcome to Nicole Pacheco, our Operations Manager.
Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in marketing and communications. She also has extensive experience in customer service, solid clerical abilities and has seen success in fundraising as well.


Grants

We were selected to take part in the 2017 Financial Literacy Disabilities cohort from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Judy and Steve will fly to Washington D.C. from May 7-9th. Judy will represent the CCB and Steve will be the volunteer trainer for the grant. The CFPB pay's all of Judy's costs and Steve will absorb all costs personally out of his commitment to the program and the CCB.

The VISTA Concept Paper has been submitted on behalf of the Fresno, Yosemite and Sacramento Chapters. Notifications occur around the end of May.

Ruddie Youth Memorial Foundation grant submitted to create a blind/low-vision youth employment cooperative in San Francisco. Notifications occur in June.

Dining In The Dark - The first work group meeting occurred on April 26th. We have some awesome people in this group with some great experiences and ideas.
Looking forward to this rolling out as a great success for the CCB.


Social Media Is On The Horizon

With the addition of Nicole to our team, social media is on the horizon.
Looking forward to the first meeting of the social media committee and to marketing the amazing things that CCB does to a much wider audience. Exciting times indeed!


Blind Californian Update

For those members still waiting for their audio and braille Spring BC: Linda Porelle, publications chair, reports that the audio has been sent to the duplicator and that NBP is working on the braille.
When these issues arrive at the office, the mailing labels are ready for a quick turn-around. If you receive the wrong format please let the office know immediately so we can update your format choice in the database. Meanwhile the publications committee is hard at work on a more permanent solution for formatting future issues. We apologize for the unavoidable delay this time.


California Council Of The Blind 2017 Annual Conference And Convention Feedback Survey

The California Council of the Blind (CCB) is very appreciative of those who attended in person or online via ACBRADIO the 2017 Annual Conference and Convention.

This survey is intended to obtain attendees' input as to their satisfaction with the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel concerning both guest and meeting rooms and the Conference and Convention program. We appreciate your recommendations for future conferences and conventions.
In answering the survey questions, be as specific as you can.

Please complete the survey form, found below the line, on or before Sunday May 14th, 2017.
Survey responses are to be emailed to jsthom@comcast.net.
For those needing assistance in completing the form, call the CCB office 1-800-221-6359 no later than Friday May 12.
Sincerely,
Jeff Thom
Chair, Conference and Convention Committee


Conference And Convention Survey

  1. How satisfied were you with the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles hotel (e.g. rooms, plated meals, lighting, etc.)?
    Tell us why or why not, and be specific.

  2. Tell us your experiences with the hotel restaurants in regards to the: quality of food, meal prices, and level of service.

  3. Were the hotel staff and volunteers helpful and courteous? Were there sufficient numbers of each? If not, please explain.

  4. What were your experiences in accessing individual exhibitors in the exhibit room?

  5. Please provide contact information (e.g. name, phone number, email address, and mailing address) for exhibitors who should be invited to exhibit at future conferences and conventions.

  6. Were you satisfied with the sound quality of presentations in the main session room and in other rooms used at the convention?

  7. If you used one of the assistive listening devices, did it function to your satisfaction and were you able to participate more effectively in those sessions where the technology was available to you?

  8. If you listened to the convention via ACBRADIO, how satisfied were you with your listening experience?

  9. Were there any presentations made or topics covered at the general session or by a committee or special interest group you found to be informative and valuable to you?
    Would you like a similar presentation to be given as part of a future general session or committee or special-interest affiliate program?

  10. Were you satisfied with the format of the Candidates Forum, and if not what format would you prefer?

  11. Did you enjoy the new plated meal themes? Should they be continued and are there other themes that you believe might be worth trying?

  12. If you are a guide dog user, what were your experiences with the relieving area? If you feel any changes should be made, please include them.

  13. Should we continue the practice of holding our primary business session Sunday, and if not, how would you change the convention format?

  14. Overall was the Conference and Convention a success?

  15. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us


CCB Scholarship Message From Christy Crespin

As chair of the CCB Scholarship Committee, I would like to invite all eligible legally blind students to follow the link below and apply for the CCB 2017-2018 scholarship at your very earliest convenience. The link will close at the end of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

We have special interest in those students involved in music, government, and fine arts.
If you are a graduate student, a full-time under-graduate, or will be a freshman student in the fall, please stop by and apply at the link below.
http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm

For questions, contact the CCB office at 800-221-6359 or Christy at ccrespin@att.net


Glendale Burbank Chapter Meeting

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter of CCB will be meeting in a new location beginning April 1.
The meeting begins at eleven a.m. members and guest are welcome to arrive earlier to fellowship and order food.

The address is: Media center, Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angelino Avenue, Burbank CA 91502. The cross street is San Fernando. phone number at the hotel is: 818-841-4770.

For any further questions call Anthony Signoriello at: 818-982-3411 or cell: 818-426-9123.


Yosemite Gateway Chapter Fund Raiser

The Yosemite Gateway chapter will be hosting a Brunching Blind fundraiser at Applebee's in Merced, CA, on Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 - 9:30 am.
Tickets are $7.

Contact Tanya Williams at 209-626-0258 or Margaret Buchmann-Garcia at 209-722-8118 for more information.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection April 21, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for April 21.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Connection Guidelines

In order to best serve all interests and to allow the phone recording of the entire connection we are making some changes to connection submissions.
Beginning with the May 5 edition of the connection chapter, local, and non CCB announcements can only include the event, location, time, and who to contact. We apologize but we are no longer able to include details such as biographies and menus in the space we have. CCB state announcements will still be full length in order to provide everyone as much information as possible.
Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with this endeavor.


Office Updates

From CEO Paul Shane:
Jennifer Caldeira is no longer employed at the CCB office. We wish Jennifer the best of luck in her future endeavors.


Presidents Call

Our April presidents call
Tuesday, April 25 7 PM
dial-in number: 712-770-8014
access code: 127353

We will be dealing with the aftermath of employee changes at the CCB office including clearing up confusion about officer information sheets. And More!

The call will be recorded for future listening.


CCB Scholarship Message From Christy Crespin

As chair of the CCB Scholarship Committee, I would like to invite all eligible legally blind students to follow the link below and apply for the CCB 2017-2018 scholarship at your very earliest convenience. The link will close at the end of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

We have special interest in those students involved in music, government, and fine arts.
If you are a graduate student, a full-time under-graduate, or will be a freshman student in the fall, please stop by and apply at the link below.
http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm

For questions, contact the CCB office at 800-221-6359 or Christy at ccrespin@att.net


Redwood Empire Chapter Event

The Redwood Empire chapter will be holding its April walk-about on Wednesday April 26 from 12 to 3 PM.

For those unfamiliar with the idea of a walk-about, this is an advocacy effort that the Redwood Empire chapter voted to do monthly. We select an intersection that has been giving our members problems for various reasons, be it no audible crosswalks, not enough time for wheelchair users or elderly pedestrians to get across the street, insufficient signage, or brush or other things that keep cars from seeing a waiting blind person.

Our April walk-about is geared toward the intersection of Ylupa and Montgomery.
We will meet on Wednesday April 26 at noon at Village Elementary School, 900 Ylupa Avenue, Santa Rosa.
After walking the route we will have lunch at Lila's Mexican Restaurant, 1299 Ylupa Avenue. It is suggested that those members who use Paratransit to get to and from this walk-about request a 3 o'clock pick-up at Lila's.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection April 14, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for April 14.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Thank You Message From Gene Lozano

I am writing to thank the CCB Awards Committee and the membership for recognizing my 45 years of service to the organization by inducting me into the CCB Hall of Fame.

Additionally, I wish to thank Bernice Kandarian, Jeff Thom, and Donna Pomerantz for their kind comments about my work during the presentation at the recent conference and convention banquet. Their comments generated many memories and emotions about the work we have done together over the years. Without their support, encouragement, and guidance, I may not have achieved some of the accomplishments on behalf of CCB.

I will always cherish this rare honor you have instilled upon me.

Thank you,
Gene Lozano


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent. Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


CCB Scholarship Message From Christy Crespin

As chair of the CCB Scholarship Committee, I would like to invite all eligible legally blind students to follow the link below and apply for the CCB 2017-2018 scholarship at your very earliest convenience. The link will close at the end of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

We have special interest in those students involved in music, government, and fine arts.
If you are a graduate student, a full-time under-graduate, or will be a freshman student in the fall, please stop by and apply at the link below.
http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm

For questions, contact the CCB office at 800-221-6359 or Christy at ccrespin@att.net


Redwood Empire Chapter Event

The Redwood Empire chapter will be holding its April walk-about on Wednesday April 26 from 12 to 3 PM.

For those unfamiliar with the idea of a walk-about, this is an advocacy effort that the Redwood Empire chapter voted to do monthly. We select an intersection that has been giving our members problems for various reasons, be it no audible crosswalks, not enough time for wheelchair users or elderly pedestrians to get across the street, insufficient signage, or brush or other things that keep cars from seeing a waiting blind person.

Our April walk-about is geared toward the intersection of Ylupa and Montgomery.
We will meet on Wednesday April 26 at noon at Village Elementary School, 900 Ylupa Avenue, Santa Rosa.
After walking the route we will have lunch at Lila's Mexican Restaurant, 1299 Ylupa Avenue. It is suggested that those members who use Paratransit to get to and from this walk-about request a 3 o'clock pick-up at Lila's.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection March 31, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 31.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Editor's Note

There will not be a connection on April 7 due to the CCB convention. The next connection will be on April 14.


CCB Office Hours

The CCB office will be closing early on Tuesday April 4 and will be closed the remainder of the week due to the CCB convention. It will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday April 10 and 11.


Convention Credentials

It was previously announced that if credentials information did not change you did not need to send a representative to the credentials meeting at the convention. We are now asking that all chapters and affiliates make sure to send a representative to the meeting at 5:00 on Thursday afternoon.


Convention Streaming

The information for listening to the live stream of the CCB convention is below. There is an option for you whether you are listening online, through ACB link on an iOS device, or over the phone.


Conference Announcement

The Convention announcement is now online at: http://www.ccbnet.org/con17_announce.htm
Look for the convention program online within the next few days.

You will thoroughly enjoy the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention speakers.

For those interested in advocacy, Anthony Stevens, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, will present both at Friday evening's general session and at Friday morning's Committee on Access and Transportation and California Citizens with Low Vision joint program.

Our international luncheon and banquet speaker will be former CEO of the American Foundation of the Blind, Carl Augusto. As a real treat, Carl will be leading a sing-along after the banquet and for all you lovers of 60's and 70's music, you don't want to miss it.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Transportation Options

The following presents information on transportation options for the 2017 Conference and Convention.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the nearest (18 miles) airfield to the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, the site of the April 6th - 9th Convention.

There are several transportation service options for traveling between the airport and hotel, which are: Shuttle services, taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, and Access Services.

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Burbank Airport terminal, and operate to and from the Airport.

Shuttle service operators are:

The current round-trip Supershuttle price is $52. For those flying into LAX, the current Supershuttle price is $64, although you can save $3 from both airports by making Supershuttle reservations online at supershuttle.com.

Taxicab operators are:

Those who are Uber or Lyft users will need to contact directly both companies to learn about scheduling and fares, but quotes we received from Burbank were Uber $23 and Lyft $25-31.

For those folks traveling to either Los Angeles or Burbank airports, Amtrak or Greyhound for the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention, the following information may be helpful if you are a current ADA qualified Para transit rider in your local area and wish to use Para transit while at the Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel.
The Para transit group in the Los Angeles Area is called Access Services.
You can call (1800) 827-0829 and press option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
You will then let them know that you have Para transit in your local city, and that you are requesting visitor status. They will give you all of the information along with a fax number to have your local Para transit provider send your current eligibility status.
Make sure that you check a day or so later (business days only) at the same number in order to be certain that your information was received and put into the system.
You will then be given instructions on how to use the service as a visitor.
The current fares are $2.75 per trip up to 19.9 miles, and $3.50 per trip from 20 miles and beyond.
At LAX, there is a blue Access sign outside each terminal. At the Burbank Airport, you must go out by the Taxi Stand.


Candidate Statements For The 2017 Officer And Board Of Directors Election

The California Council of the Blind 2017 Board candidate statements are now on the CCB website. http://www.ccbnet.org/candidates_2017.htm

Get to know who is running and what their future plans are for CCB!

If you require an alternate format of this candidate information, please contact the CCB Office at 800-221-6359 with your request.

Remember that there will be additional opportunities to learn about the candidates at the Candidates Forum during the first general session on Friday afternoon, April 7, at the 2017 Conference and Convention.


2017 Convention Commemorative T-shirt Fundraiser

Just follow the link below to purchase your T-shirt to show your solidarity and commitment to the convention.
Regular size T-shirts are $20. Plus sized T-shirts run a little more. We need to sell at least 7 shirts to have them printed. We are hoping to sell 150 shirts.
Shirts will be shipped after the convention.

If you are at the convention and need assistance purchasing a t-shirt you will be able to get assistance at the CCB registration table throughout the convention.

Description:
The T-Shirt is Royal Blue with White Lettering. It includes the CCB logo and a convention 2017 banner held up by people across the chest. Underneath these images is our tag line in bold, white capital letters "Empowerment Through Advocacy"

https://www.booster.com/convention2017

If there are any accessibility issues with the web site please call the CCB office at 800-221-6359.


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


East LA Chapter Event

Join The East LA CCB chapter for brunch on April 15, at The Garcia home at 1226 South McBride in east Los Angeles (cross street Olympic) and learn about the Southern California Resource Service for Independent Living (SCRS-IL).
Guest speaker Hector Ochoa will speak about programs and services at SCRS-IL.

Brunch will be served promptly at 10:00 AM and the cost is $5 per person. There will be Mimosa's for additional charge. Take-home will be breakfast burritos at the cost of $3 per burrito.

For more information or to RSVP call or text Stephanie Rood at 818.321.4205 or e mail: east.la.ccb.chapter@gmail.com or Marie Herrer a at 818.894.3722 e mail marie.herrera2119@gmail.com or Lynn Coats at 818.298.1345 or email: lynn.coats1961@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you for our Easter brunch.


Electricity Cost Increases

Most Californians will soon see a change in the way they are billed for electricity. The center for accessible technology wants to hear from you about what this will mean.

Over the next few years, the major utilities in California, PG & E, SCE and SDG&E, will be switching most customers from the tiered structure to a "time of use" or TOU rate structure, where rates for electricity are higher during the time of day where there is the most demand on the electric grid (likely to be late afternoon and through the evening) and lower during other times of day.

Do you want to find out more about these changes? And what can you do?
The Center for Accessible Technology is conducting short (20 minute) telephone interviews about household electricity use. We can also provide information on how to "opt out" of the TOU change if you prefer.
By providing your story about your electricity usage and how any change in rate structure may affect your quality of life, you will help us submit important information to the California Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to exempt groups of customers from the change.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email Kate Woodford at kwoodford@cforat.org, or call 510-841-3224 x 2017 to schedule a telephone interview. Evening and weekend interviews are available.
If you prefer to take an online survey, the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKHN793


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection March 24, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 24.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Conference Announcement

The Convention announcement is now online at: http://www.ccbnet.org/con17_announce.htm

You will thoroughly enjoy the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention speakers.
For those interested in advocacy, Anthony Stevens, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, will present both at Friday evening's general session and at Friday morning's Committee on Access and Transportation and California Citizens with Low Vision joint program.
Our international luncheon and banquet speaker will be former CEO of the American Foundation of the Blind, Carl Augusto. As a real treat, Carl will be leading a sing-along after the banquet and for all you lovers of 60's and 70's music, you don't want to miss it. Carl has asked whether anyone in the area would have a guitar that they can bring to convention in order that he can avoid the hassle of bringing his from the East Coast. If you can accommodate this request, please let the CCB office know at 800-221-6359. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Transportation Options

The following presents information on transportation options for the 2017 Conference and Convention.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the nearest (18 miles) airfield to the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, the site of the April 6th - 9th Convention.

There are several transportation service options for traveling between the airport and hotel, which are: Shuttle services, taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, and Access Services.

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Burbank Airport terminal, and operate to and from the Airport.

Shuttle service operators are:

The current round-trip Supershuttle price is $52. For those flying into LAX, the current Supershuttle price is $64, although you can save $3 from both airports by making Supershuttle reservations online at supershuttle.com.

Taxicab operators are:

Those who are Uber or Lyft users will need to contact directly both companies to learn about scheduling and fares, but quotes we received from Burbank were Uber $23 and Lyft $25-31.

For those folks traveling to either Los Angeles or Burbank airports, Amtrak or Greyhound for the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention, the following information may be helpful if you are a current ADA qualified Para transit rider in your local area and wish to use Para transit while at the Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel.
The Para transit group in the Los Angeles Area is called Access Services.
You can call (1800) 827-0829 and press option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
You will then let them know that you have Para transit in your local city, and that you are requesting visitor status. They will give you all of the information along with a fax number to have your local Para transit provider send your current eligibility status.
Make sure that you check a day or so later (business days only) at the same number in order to be certain that your information was received and put into the system.
You will then be given instructions on how to use the service as a visitor.
The current fares are $2.75 per trip up to 19.9 miles, and $3.50 per trip from 20 miles and beyond.
At LAX, there is a blue Access sign outside each terminal. At the Burbank Airport, you must go out by the Taxi Stand.


Candidate Statements For The 2017 Officer And Board Of Directors Election

The California Council of the Blind 2017 Board candidate statements are now on the CCB website. http://www.ccbnet.org/candidates_2017.htm

Get to know who is running and what their future plans are for CCB!

If you require an alternate format of this candidate information, please contact the CCB Office at 800-221-6359 with your request.

Remember that there will be additional opportunities to learn about the candidates at the Candidates Forum during the first general session on Friday afternoon, April 7, at the 2017 Conference and Convention.


2017 Convention Commemorative T-shirt Fundraiser

Just follow the link below to purchase your T-shirt to show your solidarity and commitment to the convention.
Regular size T-shirts are $20. Plus sized T-shirts run a little more. We need to sell at least 7 shirts to have them printed. We are hoping to sell 150 shirts.
Shirts will be shipped after the convention.

Description:
The T-Shirt is Royal Blue with White Lettering. It includes the CCB logo and a convention 2017 banner held up by people across the chest. Underneath these images is our tag line in bold, white capital letters "Empowerment Through Advocacy"

https://www.booster.com/convention2017

If there are any accessibility issues with the web site please call the CCB office at 800-221-6359.


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


Conference Calls

The fourth Tuesday is fast approaching, and that means it's time for our monthly presidents call.
Call-in number: (712)770-8014
Access code: 127353

We will continue our ongoing discussion of reporting forms. In addition to presidents, whoever will be filling out these forms for chapters are also invited to participate.

Let us know about any April fundraising projects.
Also credentials issues will be addressed.
The call will be recorded for later retrieval.

The March CEO Call will take place on Thursday, March30th at 7 PM.
Call in number: (712)432-3066
Access code: 4997700


Glendale Burbank Area Chapter Meeting Location

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter of CCB will be meeting in a new location beginning April 1.
The meeting begins at eleven a.m. members and guest are welcome to arrive earlier to fellowship and order food.

The address is: Media center, Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angelino Avenue, Burbank CA 91502. The cross street is San Fernando.
phone number at the hotel is: 818-841-4770.

For any further questions call Anthony Signoriello at: 818-982-3411.


From Bonnie Rennie

CCB, in partnership with Senior Center Without Walls, is presenting, "Using your Voice to Good Effect: Basics in Self Advocacy".

For three weeks, via free conference call,
Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5.

Joining, and registering at Senior Center Without Walls is easy, call 877 779-7299.

If you or someone you know could benefit from self advocacy skills with family, caregivers, or community services, please help them sign up.


Chapter Fundraiser:
CAUSE and EFFECT: MAKE DINNER A SELFLESS ACT

The Solano County Council of the Blind is having a fundraiser at The Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm to 9pm.
Located at 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave. Suite 101 in Vacaville.
Bring in a flyer, show it on your smart phone or just tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Solano County Council of the Blind. Flyers available throughout Solano County.
Please join us!


Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com


Electricity Cost Increases

Most Californians will soon see a change in the way they are billed for electricity. The center for accessible technology wants to hear from you about what this will mean.

Over the next few years, the major utilities in California, PG & E, SCE and SDG&E, will be switching most customers from the tiered structure to a "time of use" or TOU rate structure, where rates for electricity are higher during the time of day where there is the most demand on the electric grid (likely to be late afternoon and through the evening) and lower during other times of day.

Do you want to find out more about these changes? And what can you do?
The Center for Accessible Technology is conducting short (20 minute) telephone interviews about household electricity use. We can also provide information on how to "opt out" of the TOU change if you prefer.
By providing your story about your electricity usage and how any change in rate structure may affect your quality of life, you will help us submit important information to the California Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to exempt groups of customers from the change.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email Kate Woodford at kwoodford@cforat.org, or call 510-841-3224 x 2017 to schedule a telephone interview. Evening and weekend interviews are available.
If you prefer to take an online survey, the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKHN793


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection March 17, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 17.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CCB Office Hours

The CCB office will be closed on Tuesday march 21 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Conference Announcement

The Convention announcement is now online at: http://www.ccbnet.org/con17_announce.htm

Important: Time is running out to get the $105 all inclusive room rate for the CCB convention. Our deadline is Wednesday March 22nd to either call the hotel or make your reservation online. You can call the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel at 866-288-3310 or visit the hotel website.
When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

We also have several rooms available in our block starting on Wednesday April 5 so you can join us for the fund raiser at BJ's brew house that evening and then have a room to stay in.

You will thoroughly enjoy the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention speakers.
For those interested in advocacy, Anthony Stevens, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, will present both at Friday evening's general session and at Friday morning's Committee on Access and Transportation and California Citizens with Low Vision joint program.
Our international luncheon and banquet speaker will be former CEO of the American Foundation of the Blind, Carl Augusto. As a real treat, Carl will be leading a sing-along after the banquet and for all you lovers of 60's and 70's music, you don't want to miss it. Carl has asked whether anyone in the area would have a guitar that they can bring to convention in order that he can avoid the hassle of bringing his from the East Coast. If you can accommodate this request, please let the CCB office know at 800-221-6359. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Transportation Options

The following presents information on transportation options for the 2017 Conference and Convention.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the nearest (18 miles) airfield to the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, the site of the April 6th - 9th Convention.

There are several transportation service options for traveling between the airport and hotel, which are: Shuttle services, taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, and Access Services.

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Burbank Airport terminal, and operate to and from the Airport.

Shuttle service operators are:

The current round-trip Supershuttle price is $52. For those flying into LAX, the current Supershuttle price is $64, although you can save $3 from both airports by making Supershuttle reservations online at supershuttle.com.

Taxicab operators are:

Those who are Uber or Lyft users will need to contact directly both companies to learn about scheduling and fares, but quotes we received from Burbank were Uber $23 and Lyft $25-31.

For those folks traveling to either Los Angeles or Burbank airports, Amtrak or Greyhound for the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention, the following information may be helpful if you are a current ADA qualified Para transit rider in your local area and wish to use Para transit while at the Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel.
The Para transit group in the Los Angeles Area is called Access Services.
You can call (1800) 827-0829 and press option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
You will then let them know that you have Para transit in your local city, and that you are requesting visitor status. They will give you all of the information along with a fax number to have your local Para transit provider send your current eligibility status.
Make sure that you check a day or so later (business days only) at the same number in order to be certain that your information was received and put into the system.
You will then be given instructions on how to use the service as a visitor.
The current fares are $2.75 per trip up to 19.9 miles, and $3.50 per trip from 20 miles and beyond.
At LAX, there is a blue Access sign outside each terminal. At the Burbank Airport, you must go out by the Taxi Stand.


Candidate Statements For The 2017 Officer And Board Of Directors Election

The California Council of the Blind 2017 Board candidate statements are now on the CCB website. http://www.ccbnet.org/candidates_2017.htm

Get to know who is running and what their future plans are for CCB!

If you require an alternate format of this candidate information, please contact the CCB Office at 800-221-6359 with your request.

Remember that there will be additional opportunities to learn about the candidates at the Candidates Forum during the first general session on Friday afternoon, April 7, at the 2017 Conference and Convention.


CCB Conference Call Recordings:

The conference call recording, Board meeting 3-9-17, created on 3/9/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 56626839 when prompted for it.

The conference call recording, President call 2-28-17, created on 2/28/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 91561521 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


From Bonnie Rennie

CCB, in partnership with Senior Center Without Walls, is presenting, "Using your Voice to Good Effect: Basics in Self Advocacy".

For three weeks, via free conference call,
Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5.

Joining, and registering at Senior Center Without Walls is easy, call 877 779-7299.

If you or someone you know could benefit from self advocacy skills with family, caregivers, or community services, please help them sign up.


Chapter Fundraiser:
CAUSE and EFFECT: MAKE DINNER A SELFLESS ACT

The Solano County Council of the Blind is having a fundraiser at The Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm to 9pm.
Located at 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave. Suite 101 in Vacaville.
Bring in a flyer, show it on your smart phone or just tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Solano County Council of the Blind. Flyers available throughout Solano County.
Please join us!


Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com


Electricity Cost Increases

Most Californians will soon see a change in the way they are billed for electricity. The center for accessible technology wants to hear from you about what this will mean.

Over the next few years, the major utilities in California, PG & E, SCE and SDG&E, will be switching most customers from the tiered structure to a "time of use" or TOU rate structure, where rates for electricity are higher during the time of day where there is the most demand on the electric grid (likely to be late afternoon and through the evening) and lower during other times of day.

Do you want to find out more about these changes? And what can you do?
The Center for Accessible Technology is conducting short (20 minute) telephone interviews about household electricity use. We can also provide information on how to "opt out" of the TOU change if you prefer.
By providing your story about your electricity usage and how any change in rate structure may affect your quality of life, you will help us submit important information to the California Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to exempt groups of customers from the change.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email Kate Woodford at kwoodford@cforat.org, or call 510-841-3224 x 2017 to schedule a telephone interview. Evening and weekend interviews are available.
If you prefer to take an online survey, the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKHN793


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection March 10, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 10.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Conference Announcement

The Convention announcement is now online at: http://www.ccbnet.org/con17_announce.htm<

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Transportation Options

The following presents information on transportation options for the 2017 Conference and Convention.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the nearest (18 miles) airfield to the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, the site of the April 6th - 9th Convention.

There are several transportation service options for traveling between the airport and hotel, which are: Shuttle services, taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, and Access Services.

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Burbank Airport terminal, and operate to and from the Airport.

Shuttle service operators are:

The current round-trip Supershuttle price is $52. For those flying into LAX, the current Supershuttle price is $64, although you can save $3 from both airports by making Supershuttle reservations online at supershuttle.com.

Taxicab operators are:

Those who are Uber or Lyft users will need to contact directly both companies to learn about scheduling and fares, but quotes we received from Burbank were Uber $23 and Lyft $25-31.

For those folks traveling to either Los Angeles or Burbank airports, Amtrak or Greyhound for the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention, the following information may be helpful if you are a current ADA qualified Para transit rider in your local area and wish to use Para transit while at the Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel.
The Para transit group in the Los Angeles Area is called Access Services.
You can call (1800) 827-0829 and press option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
You will then let them know that you have Para transit in your local city, and that you are requesting visitor status. They will give you all of the information along with a fax number to have your local Para transit provider send your current eligibility status.
Make sure that you check a day or so later (business days only) at the same number in order to be certain that your information was received and put into the system.
You will then be given instructions on how to use the service as a visitor.
The current fares are $2.75 per trip up to 19.9 miles, and $3.50 per trip from 20 miles and beyond.
At LAX, there is a blue Access sign outside each terminal. At the Burbank Airport, you must go out by the Taxi Stand.


Candidate Statements For The 2017 Officer And Board Of Directors Election

The California Council of the Blind 2017 Board candidate statements are now on the CCB website. http://www.ccbnet.org/candidates_2017.htm

Get to know who is running and what their future plans are for CCB!

If you require an alternate format of this candidate information, please contact the CCB Office at 800-221-6359 with your request.

Remember that there will be additional opportunities to learn about the candidates at the Candidates Forum during the first general session on Friday afternoon, April 7, at the 2017 Conference and Convention.


Convention Roommate Request

Hello my name is Jordan Mirander and I am seeking a roommate for the 2017 California council of the blind convention in Woodland Hills.
I will be arriving on April 6 and departing on April 9.
Please get in touch with me as soon as possible by calling 95145475864 or by emailing me at Jordanmirander@icloud.com.
I have made my reservations already and I am going. Please contact me for more information.


CCB Conference Call Recordings:

The conference call recording, Board meeting 3-9-17, created on 3/9/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 56626839 when prompted for it.

The conference call recording, President call 2-28-17, created on 2/28/2017 has been made available for dial-in access.
To listen to this recording by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 91561521 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


CCB Scholarships

The CCB Scholarship Committee has placed the 2017-2018 scholarship application on the CCB website, thanks to the assistance of the TOG. It will be available and due no later than the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017, with transcripts and letters due no later than July 1, 2017.

If you are a full time student, from in-coming freshman to graduate student, please apply at your earliest convenience.

For questions contact Christy at (909)800-7189 or ccrespin@att.net.

Please click on the link below for the application and instructions:
http://ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


Glendale Burbank Chapter Fund Raiser

Come join us for a dinner, fundraiser on March 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Shakey's Pizza Parlor 1300 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank.

For more information contact Jim Chamberlin at (818)445-2603.


Conference Call From The CCB HVI Committee: Presentation By Kathy Lions

We are starting a series exploring some vision and hearing conditions that may result in dual sensory loss.

Kathy Lions will start off by sharing her rare conditions called Ornithine Amino Transferase (OAT) deficiency and the eye condition called gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina. The symptoms are like those of retinitis pigmentosa.

As we learn about these and the conditions we will learn about in our future resource calls, it will help us to understand how we are unique, and in some ways, not so different in accommodation needs to lead our full lives.

Time permitting; Tom Brennan will repeat a bit about the outer and inner ear as the recording may not have been available or clear for that presentation.

Join CCB's Hearing and Vision Impaired Committee:
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017; time: 5 PM pacific/ 8 PM Eastern;
Phone # (712) 432-3447 ID: 309464.

We encourage you to sign up for our email list where we post resources we have discussed and where you can share your resources and experiences.
Go to ccbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/hvi-l_ccbnet.org.


Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection March 3, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 3.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Credentials Forms

Updated Credentials forms are due in the office no later than March 6.

If your delegate, alternate and nominating committee members don't change, you don't have to attend the Credentials Committee Meeting at the convention.


Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Roommate Request

Hello my name is Jordan Mirander and I am seeking a roommate for the 2017 California council of the blind convention in Woodland Hills.
I will be arriving on April 6 and departing on April 9.
Please get in touch with me as soon as possible by calling 95145475864 or by emailing me at Jordanmirander@icloud.com.
I have made my reservations already and I am going. Please contact me for more information.


CCB Board Meeting

Thursday, March 9 7 PM
Dial 712-770-8014; access code 127353.


CCB Scholarships

The CCB Scholarship Committee has placed the 2017-2018 scholarship application on the CCB website, thanks to the assistance of the TOG. It will be available and due no later than the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017, with transcripts and letters due no later than July 1, 2017.

If you are a full time student, from in-coming freshman to graduate student, please apply at your earliest convenience.

For questions contact Christy at (909)800-7189 or ccrespin@att.net.

Please click on the link below for the application and instructions:
http://ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm


Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1265032


Glendale Burbank Chapter Fund Raiser

Come join us for a dinner, fundraiser on March 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Shakey's Pizza Parlor 1300 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank.

For more information contact Jim Chamberlin at (818)445-2603.


Conference Call From The CCB HVI Committee: Presentation By Kathy Lions

We are starting a series exploring some vision and hearing conditions that may result in dual sensory loss.

Kathy Lions will start off by sharing her rare conditions called Ornithine Amino Transferase (OAT) deficiency and the eye condition called gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina. The symptoms are like those of retinitis pigmentosa.

As we learn about these and the conditions we will learn about in our future resource calls, it will help us to understand how we are unique, and in some ways, not so different in accommodation needs to lead our full lives.

Time permitting; Tom Brennan will repeat a bit about the outer and inner ear as the recording may not have been available or clear for that presentation.

Join CCB's Hearing and Vision Impaired Committee:
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017; time: 5 PM pacific/ 8 PM Eastern;
Phone # (712) 432-3447 ID: 309464.

We encourage you to sign up for our email list where we post resources we have discussed and where you can share your resources and experiences.
Go to ccbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/hvi-l_ccbnet.org.


Seize The Moment: Apply to be a 2017 Leadership Fellow

Why wait? Begin expanding your horizons this year.
In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, ACB has created a path to leadership which provides an opportunity for 5 ACB members with recognized leadership potential to participate in the 56th annual conference and convention in Reno. Join the previous Leadership Fellows on a quest to meet with other leaders around the nation.

In its second year, the Leadership Fellows Award will introduce additional leadership development modules that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, as well as, your state or special interest affiliate.

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets.
Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 1, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 6, and to participate actively in all convention activities including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.

For more information including requirements and how to apply contact CCB president Judy Wilkinson by phone at (510) 357-1844 or by email at jwilkins@panix.com


CAREER OPPORTUNITY, Dayle McIntosh Center

Job Title: Independent Living Skills Instructor for the Blind
Status: Full-time, Non-exempt
Salary: $17.00 per hour
Reports To: Program Manager/Service Provider
Location: Orange County
This posting is open until filled.

For more information and how to apply
Please send resumes and cover letters to:
Brittany Hepler, Operations Manager - bhepler@daylemc.org
Only qualified individuals will be contacted for an interview.


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection February 24, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for February 24.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CCB Board Of Directors Elections

At the 2017 Convention in April CCB will be electing a 2nd vice president, secretary, and five members to its board of directors.

We would like to provide perspective candidates an opportunity to give you some information on their qualifications for, and ideas about serving on, the CCB board. To accomplish this, we will again have a candidates page on our website. For those who cannot access information through our website or are not comfortable doing so, statements will be placed in the special announcements box. It is our goal to have this webpage up by March 10.

If you are a potential candidate, we would invite you to answer the four questions indicated below, with the answer to each question to be not more than 300 words, with the count to be determined by the word-count feature in MS Word on a PC. Entries for each answer will terminate at the end of the sentence containing the 300th word and there will be no editing, spell checks or grammar checks done.

The deadline for submission of your statements is March 1, 2017.
Submit them to the office in electronic format as a .txt, .rtf, or MS Word file.
Email them to jennifer.caldeira@ccbnet.org.

There is no requirement that a candidate submit answers to these questions.

The four questions are as follows:

  1. What office are you seeking, and what are your qualifications?

  2. What contributions have you made to CCB in the last year?

  3. How do you propose to support CCB during your term of office as we move ahead with our CEO Paul Shane?

  4. Because the primary mission of CCB is to advocate for persons who are blind or have low vision, discuss three issue areas you believe require our advocacy efforts.


Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Convention Roommate Request

Hello my name is Jordan Mirander and I am seeking a roommate for the 2017 California council of the blind convention in Woodland Hills.
I will be arriving on April 6 and departing on April 9.
Please get in touch with me as soon as possible by calling 95145475864 or by emailing me at Jordanmirander@icloud.com.
I have made my reservations already and I am going. Please contact me for more information.


Presidents Call

Presidents calls will be held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month.
Frank Welte, 1st vice-president will preside. Paul Shane will be on the call as well with updated information about ongoing information the office needs from chapters and affiliates.

The call will be recorded and a specific retrieval code will be sent shortly after completion of the call.
Remember we are still updating the Presidents List as your Officer Information data is received and entered into our database. So please forward this information to your president. And of course, all are welcome.

Dial-in number: 712-770-8014;
access code 127353.


Conference Calls

If you wish to request a CCB conference line for your meeting, contact Jennifer Caldeira in the CCB office at 800-221-6359.

If you wish your meeting to be recorded, contact President Judy Wilkinson at (510)357-1844.


CCB Scholarships

The CCB Scholarship Committee has placed the 2017-2018 scholarship application on the CCB website, thanks to the assistance of the TOG. It will be available and due no later than the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017, with transcripts and letters due no later than July 1, 2017.

If you are a full time student, from in-coming freshman to graduate student, please apply at your earliest convenience.

For questions contact Christy at (909)800-7189 or ccrespin@att.net.

Please click on the link below for the application and instructions:
http://ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm


Glendale Burbank Chapter Fund Raiser

Come join us for a dinner, fundraiser on March 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Shakey's Pizza Parlor 1300 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank.

For more information contact Jim Chamberlin at (818)445-2603.


Seize The Moment: Apply to be a 2017 Leadership Fellow

Why wait? Begin expanding your horizons this year.
In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, ACB has created a path to leadership which provides an opportunity for 5 ACB members with recognized leadership potential to participate in the 56th annual conference and convention in Reno. Join the previous Leadership Fellows on a quest to meet with other leaders around the nation.

In its second year, the Leadership Fellows Award will introduce additional leadership development modules that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, as well as, your state or special interest affiliate.

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets.
Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 1, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 6, and to participate actively in all convention activities including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.

For more information including requirements and how to apply contact CCB president Judy Wilkinson by phone at (510) 357-1844 or by email at jwilkins@panix.com


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection February 17, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for February 17.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CCB Board Of Directors Elections

At the 2017 Convention in April CCB will be electing a 2nd vice president, secretary, and five members to its board of directors.

We would like to provide perspective candidates an opportunity to give you some information on their qualifications for, and ideas about serving on, the CCB board. To accomplish this, we will again have a candidates page on our website. For those who cannot access information through our website or are not comfortable doing so, statements will be placed in the special announcements box. It is our goal to have this webpage up by March 10.

If you are a potential candidate, we would invite you to answer the four questions indicated below, with the answer to each question to be not more than 300 words, with the count to be determined by the word-count feature in MS Word on a PC. Entries for each answer will terminate at the end of the sentence containing the 300th word and there will be no editing, spell checks or grammar checks done.

The deadline for submission of your statements is March 1, 2017.
Submit them to the office in electronic format as a .txt, .rtf, or MS Word file.
Email them to jennifer.caldeira@ccbnet.org.

There is no requirement that a candidate submit answers to these questions.

The four questions are as follows:

  1. What office are you seeking, and what are your qualifications?

  2. What contributions have you made to CCB in the last year?

  3. How do you propose to support CCB during your term of office as we move ahead with our CEO Paul Shane?

  4. Because the primary mission of CCB is to advocate for persons who are blind or have low vision, discuss three issue areas you believe require our advocacy efforts.


Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Presidents Call

Presidents calls will be held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month.
Frank Welte, 1st vice-president will preside. Paul Shane will be on the call as well with updated information about ongoing information the office needs from chapters and affiliates.

The call will be recorded and a specific retrieval code will be sent shortly after completion of the call.
Remember we are still updating the Presidents List as your Officer Information data is received and entered into our database. So please forward this information to your president. And of course, all are welcome.

Dial-in number: 712-770-8014;
access code 127353.


Conference Calls

If you wish to request a CCB conference line for your meeting, contact Jennifer Caldeira in the CCB office at 800-221-6359.

If you wish your meeting to be recorded, contact President Judy Wilkinson at (510)357-1844.


Seize The Moment: Apply to be a 2017 Leadership Fellow

Why wait? Begin expanding your horizons this year.
In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, ACB has created a path to leadership which provides an opportunity for 5 ACB members with recognized leadership potential to participate in the 56th annual conference and convention in Reno. Join the previous Leadership Fellows on a quest to meet with other leaders around the nation.

In its second year, the Leadership Fellows Award will introduce additional leadership development modules that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, as well as, your state or special interest affiliate.

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets.
Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 1, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 6, and to participate actively in all convention activities including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.

For more information including requirements and how to apply contact CCB president Judy Wilkinson by phone at (510) 357-1844 or by email at jwilkins@panix.com


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection February 10, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for February 10.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


CCB Board Of Directors Elections

At the 2017 Convention in April CCB will be electing a 2nd vice president, secretary, and five members to its board of directors.

We would like to provide perspective candidates an opportunity to give you some information on their qualifications for, and ideas about serving on, the CCB board. To accomplish this, we will again have a candidates page on our website. For those who cannot access information through our website or are not comfortable doing so, statements will be placed in the special announcements box. It is our goal to have this webpage up by March 10.

If you are a potential candidate, we would invite you to answer the four questions indicated below, with the answer to each question to be not more than 300 words, with the count to be determined by the word-count feature in MS Word on a PC. Entries for each answer will terminate at the end of the sentence containing the 300th word and there will be no editing, spell checks or grammar checks done.

The deadline for submission of your statements is March 1, 2017.
Submit them to the office in electronic format as a .txt, .rtf, or MS Word file.
Email them to jennifer.caldeira@ccbnet.org.

There is no requirement that a candidate submit answers to these questions.

The four questions are as follows:

  1. What office are you seeking, and what are your qualifications?

  2. What contributions have you made to CCB in the last year?

  3. How do you propose to support CCB during your term of office as we move ahead with our CEO Paul Shane?

  4. Because the primary mission of CCB is to advocate for persons who are blind or have low vision, discuss three issue areas you believe require our advocacy efforts.


Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Awards Awards

The deadline of February 15 is fast approaching.

Submit your letters about projects for Chapter of the Year to the CCB office.

Awards for Individuals can be submitted to Awards Committee Chair Joe Smith by phone at (916) 429-8002 or by email at joesmith55@att.net.

Even if you're not sure just which award the person you're nominating might qualify for, submit a letter to Joe describing what you think qualifies that person for CCB recognition.


From CEO Paul Shane

I am excited to announce the first monthly "Brown Bagging For Knowledge" conference call on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 11 AM-1 PM.
The call in number is (712) 432-3066 and the access code is 497700.
Please mark your calendars.

The purpose of the "Brown Bagging For Knowledge" monthly call is to provide a two way open communication loop between the CEO and the membership directly.
The topic of our first call will be "what's on your mind". I want to know what is important to you and to be able to respond to your questions and concerns. Future meetings will include a one hour educational session followed by a one hour question and answer period.

Meetings will occur on a monthly basis and will rotate to different days and times in order to allow everyone a chance to attend.

If you have a complex question that requires research, please submit it in writing to me at least one week in advance of the meeting.
I am looking forward to hearing from you on Saturday, February 18th.


Seize The Moment: Apply to be a 2017 Leadership Fellow

Why wait? Begin expanding your horizons this year.
In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, ACB has created a path to leadership which provides an opportunity for 5 ACB members with recognized leadership potential to participate in the 56th annual conference and convention in Reno. Join the previous Leadership Fellows on a quest to meet with other leaders around the nation.

In its second year, the Leadership Fellows Award will introduce additional leadership development modules that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, as well as, your state or special interest affiliate.

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets.
Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 1, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 6, and to participate actively in all convention activities including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.

For more information including requirements and how to apply contact CCB president Judy Wilkinson by phone at (510) 357-1844 or by email at jwilkins@panix.com


San Gabriel Valley Chapter Fund Raiser

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter invites you to come join us for our 32nd annual Pizza and Spaghetti Fundraiser: Saturday, February 18, 3:00 p.m, to 7:00 p.m, only $10.00 per ticket, from SGV Chapter members or at the door.

Menu includes: pizza, spaghetti, salad, garlic-bread, regular and diet soda, iced tea, coffee, bottled water and dessert. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the Bar.

Address: VFW Hall, 825 South Magnolia Avenue, Monrovia (Northwest corner of Magnolia and Chestnut).

Two Grand Prizes: an Amazon Echo Dot and a first generation Chromebook; winner need not be present. There will be door prizes; winners must be present, along with a 50/50 raffle.
Everyone is welcome!

If you need more information: please contact President Pam Polagi at (626) 445-7297.
Thank you very much.


Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection February 3, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for February 3.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!


Awards Awards

The deadline of February 15 is fast approaching.

Submit your letters about projects for Chapter of the Year to the CCB office.

Awards for Individuals can be submitted to Awards Committee Chair Joe Smith by phone at (916) 429-8002 or by email at joesmith55@att.net.

Even if you're not sure just which award the person you're nominating might qualify for, submit a letter to Joe describing what you think qualifies that person for CCB recognition.


From CEO Paul Shane

I am excited to announce the first monthly "Brown Bagging For Knowledge" conference call on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 11 AM-1 PM.
The call in number is (712) 432-3066 and the access code is 497700.
Please mark your calendars.

The purpose of the "Brown Bagging For Knowledge" monthly call is to provide a two way open communication loop between the CEO and the membership directly.

The topic of our first call will be "what's on your mind". I want to know what is important to you and to be able to respond to your questions and concerns. Future meetings will include a one hour educational session followed by a one hour question and answer period.

Meetings will occur on a monthly basis and will rotate to different days and times in order to allow everyone a chance to attend.

If you have a complex question that requires research, please submit it in writing to me at least one week in advance of the meeting.
I am looking forward to hearing from you on Saturday, February 18th.


CCB Conference Call Meeting Recordings

To listen to the recording of either the January 26 2017 CCB board meeting or the January 31 2017 Presidents call by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 23150908 for the board meeting or Recording ID: 97457814 for the presidents call when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


Airbnb Outreach Announcement

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP has been retained to investigate complaints from blind individuals, individuals who use service animals, including guide dogs, and individuals with mobility disabilities who have recently attempted to rent lodging through Airbnb. Airbnb operates a website and mobile application where people can browse for and book lodging throughout the United States and around the world.

We would greatly appreciate speaking with you about your experiences using Airbnb if you have a disability, including if you are blind or low vision, you use a service animal, and/or you use an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

To share your experiences, please contact paralegal Sara Long by phone at 415-433-6830 or at slong@rbgg.com.


Affiliate Call

Due to the Super Bowl the California Council of Blind Students monthly call has been moved to Monday February 6 at 7:00 PM.
The call in number will be (302) 202-1114 and the access code is 694810.


San Gabriel Valley Chapter Fund Raiser

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter invites you to come join us for our 32nd annual Pizza and Spaghetti Fundraiser: Saturday, February 18, 3:00 p.m, to 7:00 p.m, only $10.00 per ticket, from SGV Chapter members or at the door.

Menu includes: pizza, spaghetti, salad, garlic-bread, regular and diet soda, iced tea, coffee, bottled water and dessert. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the Bar.

Address: VFW Hall, 825 South Magnolia Avenue, Monrovia (Northwest corner of Magnolia and Chestnut).

Two Grand Prizes: an Amazon Echo Dot and a first generation Chromebook; winner need not be present. There will be door prizes; winners must be present, along with a 50/50 raffle.
Everyone is welcome!

If you need more information: please contact President Pam Polagi at (626) 445-7297.
Thank you very much.


Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com


CCLVI Scholarship Announcement

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) will award three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to one full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Application materials must be received by March 1. Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an online application, please visit http://www.cclvi.org and click on the ‘CCLVI Scholarship Programs' link.

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1 until March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions may be directed to CCLVI at (800) 733-2258 or scholarship@cclvi.org.
We look forward to receiving your application materials!


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection January 27, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for January 27.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From President Judy Wilkinson

Save The Date:

We will hold our first Presidents Call of the year on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM.
Judy will send out an agenda and dial in instructions to the various CCB email lists over the weekend.


CCB Board Meeting Recording

To listen to the recording of the January 26 2017 CCB board meeting by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 23150908 when prompted for it.

Some recording features are available to you once you're listening.
1 will pause
2 will rewind 1 minute
3 will forward 1 minute


From The CEO

I wanted to take a minute to let you all know that the Tommy T's Comedy Benefit was very successful and mutually supported by both the CCB Membership and the greater Sacramento community.

I want to thank our devoted board members who traveled from outlying areas and braved late trains, hurricane like weather and Trump protests to support the event. I also wanted to send a special "shout out" to all of the folks at the Sacramento Chapter who supported the event, we could not have done it without you. And, one final thanks to all of those voices across California who encouraged others to attend. I truly appreciated your efforts.


Airbnb Outreach Announcement

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP has been retained to investigate complaints from blind individuals, individuals who use service animals, including guide dogs, and individuals with mobility disabilities who have recently attempted to rent lodging through Airbnb. Airbnb operates a website and mobile application where people can browse for and book lodging throughout the United States and around the world.

We would greatly appreciate speaking with you about your experiences using Airbnb if you have a disability, including if you are blind or low vision, you use a service animal, and/or you use an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

To share your experiences, please contact paralegal Sara Long by phone at 415-433-6830 or at slong@rbgg.com.


Self-Service Kiosks

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho (GBDH) are investigating the accessibility of self-service kiosks to individuals who are blind and low-vision. These kiosks have become prevalent in retail stores, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
We would like to hear about people's experiences with self-service kiosks relating to any aspect of life.

To share your experience, please contact Kyle Ruiz by email at kruiz@dralegal.org or by phone at (510)665-8644.


San Gabriel Valley Chapter Fund Raiser

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter invites you to come join us for our 32nd annual Pizza and Spaghetti Fundraiser: Saturday, February 18, 3:00 p.m, to 7:00 p.m, only $10.00 per ticket, from SGV Chapter members or at the door.

Menu includes: pizza, spaghetti, salad, garlic-bread, regular and diet soda, iced tea, coffee, bottled water and dessert. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the Bar.

Address: VFW Hall, 825 South Magnolia Avenue, Monrovia (Northwest corner of Magnolia and Chestnut).

Two Grand Prizes: an Amazon Echo Dot and a first generation Chromebook; winner need not be present. There will be door prizes; winners must be present, along with a 50/50 raffle.
Everyone is welcome!

If you need more information: please contact President Pam Polagi at (626) 445-7297.
Thank you very much.


CCLVI Scholarship Announcement

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) will award three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to one full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Application materials must be received by March 1. Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an online application, please visit http://www.cclvi.org and click on the ‘CCLVI Scholarship Programs' link.

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1 until March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions may be directed to CCLVI at (800) 733-2258 or scholarship@cclvi.org.
We look forward to receiving your application materials!


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection January 20, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for January 20.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


Editor's Note

The CCB office will be closed on Friday January 20 for administrative purposes.


From President Judy Wilkinson

Don't miss our first CCB Board meeting of the year
Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM
Dial-in number: 712-770-8014; access code 127353.
We really really really hope to record this meeting for playback at your convenience.

Agenda items include discussion and approval of our 2017 budget which is being presented in an entirely new way this year, by program rather than line item.
We will consider volunteer and gift acceptance policies, get a convention update and much more.

Save The Date

We will hold our first Presidents Call of the year on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM.
Look for an agenda and dial-in instructions nearer the date.


Remembrance And Services

Dear Friends:
It is with much sadness that I must deliver the following information:

On Sunday, January 15, Mr. Phil Garcia Passed Away. He was 95 years young and will be greatly missed.
Below is the information regarding the viewing, rosary, Mass, and his final resting place.

Thursday, January26
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuary
the viewing begins at 06:00 PM and the rosary begins at 7:00 PM
5800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
The cross street is Gerhart Ave. near The Fiesta Carwash and across the street from Frank's Market
(323) 722-1900

Friday, January27th
Church Of Our Lady of Soledad
10:30 AM Mass
4561 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Some paratransit services may see the address as just 4561 Cesar Chavez Ave.
LA, 90022
The cross Street is Ford
323-269-7248

Friday, January 27th
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
966 Potrero Grande Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91755 but some paratransit services may see this address being in Montebello
The cross street is Arroyo Drive
323-887-2024

Please call Jesse Acosta at 562-447-4235 If you have any questions.


Self-Service Kiosks

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho (GBDH) are investigating the accessibility of self-service kiosks to individuals who are blind and low-vision. These kiosks have become prevalent in retail stores, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
We would like to hear about people's experiences with self-service kiosks relating to any aspect of life.

To share your experience, please contact Kyle Ruiz by email at kruiz@dralegal.org or by phone at (510)665-8644.


CCLVI Scholarship Announcement

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) will award three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to one full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Application materials must be received by March 1. Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an online application, please visit http://www.cclvi.org and click on the ‘CCLVI Scholarship Programs' link.

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1 until March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions may be directed to CCLVI at (800) 733-2258 or scholarship@cclvi.org.
We look forward to receiving your application materials!


Library Survey

Hello, my name is Reed Strege and I am the new Director of Library Services for Braille Institute. Together with my colleagues, we are beginning to plan for our second century of library service.

In order to continue our tradition of high-quality library service, it is critical that we hear from our community of readers. We are especially interested in feedback from engaged community members such as the California Council of the Blind.
I would love to hear from you with your thoughts about books, technology, programs, and anything else you would like to share.

Please take a moment to answer these questions and respond to me via email at rwstrege@brailleinstitute.org or by phone at (323) 906-3185. I would love to hear from you.

  1. If you are a patron of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), do you use Braille Institute in Los Angeles, the California State Library in Sacramento, the San Francisco Public Library, or the Fresno County Public Library?
    1. Braille Institute
    2. California State Library
    3. San Francisco
    4. Fresno
  2. Which of the following improvements would interest you the most as a library user? Please choose as many as you would like.
    1. Larger collection of reading material
    2. More technology training opportunities
    3. More original audio content available over the phone or Internet
    4. Improved facilities for in-person visits
    5. Better customer service
  3. Can you think of anything library staff members can do to improve your library experience?


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection January 13, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for January 13.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From President Judy Wilkinson

Don't miss our first CCB Board meeting of the year
Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM
Dial-in number: 712-770-8014; access code 127353.
We really really really hope to record this meeting for playback at your convenience.

Agenda items include discussion and approval of our 2017 budget which is being presented in an entirely new way this year, by program rather than line item.
We will consider volunteer and gift acceptance policies, get a convention update and much more.
Save The Date

We will hold our first Presidents Call of the year on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM.
Look for an agenda and dial-in instructions nearer the date.


Self-Service Kiosks

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho (GBDH) are investigating the accessibility of self-service kiosks to individuals who are blind and low-vision. These kiosks have become prevalent in retail stores, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
We would like to hear about people's experiences with self-service kiosks relating to any aspect of life.

To share your experience, please contact Kyle Ruiz by email at kruiz@dralegal.org or by phone at (510)665-8644.


Updates From The CCB Office

From CEO Paul Shane:

  1. Timing is running out to purchase your tickets to the Tommy T's Comedy Benefit. No tickets will be for sale after January 19, 2017. No tickets are available at the door so, be sure to call the office to purchase tickets. Tickets purchased through the office, can be mailed, hand delivered or held at "will call" on event night.

    We also have received the following exciting auction items to be sold at the silent auction: A Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Signed Electric Fender Guitar; A Full Sized Signed Football Helmet From The Legend Of Your choice: Joe Montana Dan Marino, John Elway, or Troy Aikman; A Ladies Fashion Diamond Cluster Ring Set In Yellow gold; A Hand-Knit Valentine's Day Themed 100% Wool Afghan, measuring 36 x 50 inches; A Star Wars Chewbacca Legendary Wookiee Warrior (Peter Mahew) Signed 12" X 15" Framed Photo and, A Muhammad Ali and The Beatles Framed Photograph 12"x15".
    If you cannot attend the event and would still like to bid on an auction item, call Paul Shane directly.
  2. The CCB is looking for Virtual Volunteers to help with funding research and to assist in identifying volunteer groups to support the 2017 convention. Call Paul Shane if you are interested in volunteering.
  3. There were some mix-ups with the delivery of the last Blind California. If you had the wrong version delivered to you or, you did not receive your copy of the Blind California, Please call the office to confirm your address and desired format with Jenn. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.
    Call Paul or Jen at 800-221-6359.


San Francisco Chapter Meeting

You are invited to the next meeting of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind.

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM.
Location: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 10th Floor Multipurpose Room, San Francisco.

Our meeting location is fully accessible, and we are equipped with an assistive listening system. Contact Frank Welte no later than Wednesday, January 18 if you want to reserve an assistive listening device. His Email address is Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com, and his cell phone number is (510) 541-1442.

Our meetings are also accessible by telephone.
The conference phone number is (302) 202-1110.
The meeting code is 340741.


CCLVI Scholarship Announcement

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) will award three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to one full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Application materials must be received by March 1. Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an online application, please visit http://www.cclvi.org and click on the ‘CCLVI Scholarship Programs' link.

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1 until March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions may be directed to CCLVI at (800) 733-2258 or scholarship@cclvi.org.
We look forward to receiving your application materials!


Library Survey

Hello, my name is Reed Strege and I am the new Director of Library Services for Braille Institute. Together with my colleagues, we are beginning to plan for our second century of library service.

In order to continue our tradition of high-quality library service, it is critical that we hear from our community of readers. We are especially interested in feedback from engaged community members such as the California Council of the Blind.
I would love to hear from you with your thoughts about books, technology, programs, and anything else you would like to share.

Please take a moment to answer these questions and respond to me via email at rwstrege@brailleinstitute.org or by phone at (323) 906-3185. I would love to hear from you.

  1. If you are a patron of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), do you use Braille Institute in Los Angeles, the California State Library in Sacramento, the San Francisco Public Library, or the Fresno County Public Library?
    1. Braille Institute
    2. California State Library
    3. San Francisco
    4. Fresno
  2. Which of the following improvements would interest you the most as a library user? Please choose as many as you would like.
    1. Larger collection of reading material
    2. More technology training opportunities
    3. More original audio content available over the phone or Internet
    4. Improved facilities for in-person visits
    5. Better customer service
  3. Can you think of anything library staff members can do to improve your library experience?


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


California Connection January 6, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for January 6.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.


From President Judy Wilkinson:
Save The Date

We will hold our first Presidents Call of the year on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM.
Look for an agenda and dial-in instructions nearer the date.


ACB Legislative Seminar

From President Judy Wilkinson:
Advocacy is the primary mission of CCB and February's ACB Legislative Seminar offers a tremendous opportunity to advocate with our state's Congressional delegation on issues of concern to persons who are blind or have low vision.

The Legislative Seminar will occur on Monday February 27, during which attendees will learn about the issues on which we will be advocating on Capitol Hill the following day. Attendees are also welcome to participate in the ACB President's meeting held on Sunday February 26.

Unfortunately, CCB does not have funding necessary to send individuals to the seminar. We urge CCB chapters and affiliates who can afford to do so to send representatives to the ACB Legislative Seminar or even to donate funds to CCB specifically for this purpose.

I, along with Jeff Thom CCB's chair of Governmental Affairs, will head our delegation and we will prepare beginning in early January for our trip to Capitol Hill. Attendees will need to fly in no later than February 26 and likely not leave until Wednesday March 1 in order to ensure a full day on the Hill.

If your chapter can send an individual to the seminar or can provide a donation for this purpose, please let Jeff Thom know either by e-mail at jeff.thom@ccbnet.org or by phone at (916)995-3967.
Also, please contact him if you cannot afford the full cost of attendance, but would like to be considered as a possible attendee, funds permitting, or if you would like additional information.


CCB Fund Raiser

Please join us for an evening of Guide Dogs and Giggles & White Canes and Whimsy at our first Tommy T's Comedy Club Benefit featuring STEVE MCGREW On Saturday January 21, 2017 from 4:30 - 8:30 PM.

For the raffle and auction, we have received two donations:

  1. a $100 gift certificate towards a Sacramento tour with Off The Chain Bicycle Bus Tours. Basically this is a 15 person bike on a platform with tour guides, karaoke, etc. Very fun and popular!
  2. A Ladies Fashion Diamond Cluster ring set in yellow gold (worth #600)

For more details and to purchase tickets call the CCB office at 800-221-6359.


Orange County Chapter Meeting

On January 14, at the regular Orange County Chapter meeting, Mr. Jorge Marquez, of Marquez Products for Independent Living store will be displaying items for possible purchase.
Many Southern California chapter members are familiar with the wide variety of stock, everything from canes, to talking time pieces, to kitchen aids and device accessories.

When, Saturday, January 14, from 10 a.m. to 1-15 p.m.
Where, The chapter meets at the First Anaheim Christian Reformed Church,
Address, 530 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim. Cross street is Crescent, Accessible by Orange and L.A. Access.

To ensure that Mr. Marquez brings items you are interested in purchasing, please call him ahead of time, at 818 605-8783.


San Francisco Chapter Meeting

You are invited to the next meeting of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind.

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM.
Location: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 10th Floor Multipurpose Room, San Francisco.

Our meeting location is fully accessible, and we are equipped with an assistive listening system. Contact Frank Welte no later than Wednesday, January 18 if you want to reserve an assistive listening device. His Email address is Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com, and his cell phone number is (510) 541-1442.

Our meetings are also accessible by telephone.
The conference phone number is (302) 202-1110.
The meeting code is 340741.


Braille Celebration

Come celebrate Braille Literacy Month with the San Francisco Chapter and the San Francisco Library for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Main Public Library on Larkin Street on Saturday, January 14 between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

There will be displays of Braille materials, Braille writing tools (both low tech and high tech), and a Braille story time for children.Exhibit visitors will get a Braille alphabet card and also a copy of their names written in Braille.
All are welcome.


CCLVI Scholarship Announcement

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) will award three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to one full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Application materials must be received by March 1. Scholarship monies will be awarded for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an online application, please visit http://www.cclvi.org and click on the ‘CCLVI Scholarship Programs' link.

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1 until March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions may be directed to CCLVI at (800) 733-2258 or scholarship@cclvi.org.
We look forward to receiving your application materials!


Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith


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