[Friends] California Council of the Blind Convention on ACB Radio World

Donna Pomerantz dmpomerantz at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 14 19:54:10 GMT 2010


Good afternoon everyone:
 
Just another reminder to those who may not have seen the earlier posts about
the California Council of the Blind Convention.
 
Please join us at the California Council of the Blind Spring Convention this
weekend.  Don't worry if you can't get there in person then just tune into
ACB Radio on the World Stream and enjoy.  We will have a lot of great
programming, and it is my hope that each of you can take something back with
you after sharing the convention with all of us.  I've been told that while
presiding last convention I went a little wild with the door prizes (smile).
Lets see how many I can give away this time while presiding.
 
Take care everyone.
 
Donna Pomerantz, Second Vice President
California Council of the Blind
(626) 233-2991
dmpomerantz at earthlink.net
donna.pomerantz at ccbnet.org
 
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Check out the note below for the broadcast schedule and if you want to
access our entire program and read it on the web please visit 
 
http://www.ccbnet.org/conventions/con10a.htm
 
I have pasted the text of the broadcast schedule below the following link. 
 
http://www.ccbnet.org/conventions/con10a_broadcast_sched.htm
 
CCB Spring 2010 Convention Broadcast Schedule
 
The California Council of the Blind Presents:
Convention Spring 2010 "Education: the Key to our Future"

ACB Radio World Broadcast Schedule
 

(Times reflect Pacific Daylight Time) 

April 16 - 18, 2010   Listen to the Broadcast on ACB World

Friday April 16, 2010
  8:00 AM - 8:30 am Dan Kysor begins the 2 day broadcast with a live
interview 
  with the President of the California Council of the Blind, Jeff Thom. 
  8:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Joint Meeting: CCCLV and CAT. 
  California Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV) and Committee on
Access 
  and Transportation (CAT) Joint Program. Plaza 1 & 2.
  Opening comments Eugene Lozano, Jr., Chair, Committee on Access and 
  Transportation and Bernice Kandarian, President, California Council of 
  Citizens with Low Vision.
  9:05 AM "San Francisco Accessible Pedestrian 
  Signals (APS): how blind and visually impaired community advocacy led to a

  landmark initiative and national model." Lainey Feingold, Lawyer, Law
Office 
  of Lainey Feingold, Berkeley, California. Topics will include a brief
history 
  of the individual advocacy that occurred before lawyers got involved, how
the 
  Structured Negotiations started, how the California Council of the Blind
(CCB) 
  worked with other local organizations, how the community was involved
during 
  negotiations, and how city staff and the blind community are working
together 
  to successfully implement the landmark settlement.
  9:35 AM "What you need to know about the Accessible Pedestrian Signal
Program 
  in San Francisco" 
  Presenter: Eddie Tsui, Traffic Signal Engineer, Municipal Transportation 
  Agency (MTA), City and County of San Francisco. This presentation will
cover a 
  variety of topics about the APS program in the City and County of San 
  Francisco. Topics include a brief history on the use of accessible signals
in 
  the City; how the City worked together with various members of the 
  visually-impaired community to develop an APS program; the selection of
APS 
  equipment and development of the technical specifications; the pilot APS 
  installation project and other APS installation projects; installation and

  maintenance challenges; how the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA)
handles 
  complaints and requests for new installations and how the MTA ranks these 
  requests using their prioritization tool. 
  10:35 AM "Advocating for an Accessible World, Where does it Begin?" 
  Presenters: Margie Donovan, long-time CCB advocate, Kim Charlson,1st 
  Vice-President, American Council of the Blind and Bay State Council
advocate, 
  Brian Charlson, ACB Information Access Committee and Bay State Council 
  advocate, and Lainey Feingold, long-time CCB lawyer for Structured 
  Negotiations. Margie, Kim and Brian have been actively involved in
Structured 
  Negotiations on a variety of issues including Talking ATMs, tactile
keypads, 
  and accessible websites, including the recent settlement with Major League

  Baseball. 
  Topics will include how to be an effective advocate, how to write a strong

  advocacy letter or make an advocacy phone call, how to find the right
people 
  in a company or public agency to talk to, the importance of keeping good 
  records, what kinds of issues CCB members could be focusing on, how
advocacy 
  can help build your local chapter, how Structured Negotiations begin, and
how 
  CCB members can be more involved in Structured Negotiations
  1:00 pm - 1:30 Dan Kysor opens the afternoon broadcast with exerpts from
the 
  California School for the Blind student concert and provides details on
the 
  general session speakers. 
  1:30 PM - 4 30 P.M. First General Session. 
  Pledge of Allegiance: Sandra Fancher, member San Francisco Chapter. 
    1:45 PM "It doesn't really have anything to do with gardening". 
    Presenter: Ben Oude Kamphuis, Recreation Director/ Horticultural
Therapist 
    Organization, Recreation and Park Department, "Project Insight", San 
    Francisco. Guest speaker: Sean Corritore-program participant who is
blind. 
    2:15 PM "CSB's 150 Years of Providing Quality Services" 
    Presenter: Stuart Wittenstein, Superintendent, California School for the

    Blind, Fremont, California. 
    2:45 PM "Rocket Shop Café: Getting Ready to Work" 
    Presenters: Ann Linville, Director of Transition Services, California
School 
    for the Blind, Karen Courtemanche, Transition Program, California School
for 
    the Blind, and California School for the Blind students Samantha C. and 
    Robin P. 
    3:15 PM "Supporting Blind Students in All Schools" 
    Presenters, Sharon Sacks, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Staff 
    Development, California School for the Blind, Frances Dibble, Assessment

    Center Program, California School for the Blind, Francey Liefert, Low
Vision 
    Program, California School for the Blind, Jim Carreon and Jerry Kuns, 
    Assistive Technology Program, California School for the Blind and
Barbara 
    Maher, Short Course Program, California School for the Blind. 
    4:00 PM "CSB's Next 50 Years: Summary and Q&A" 
    Stuart Wittenstein, Superintendent, California School for the Blind. 
  6:30 PM - 7 pm. Dan Kysor presents more from the California School for the

  Blind Student Concert and provides information on the evenings program. 
  7:00 pm - 10:30 P.M. Second General Session. 
  Eugene Lozano, Jr. , CCB First Vice President Presiding.
    7:00 PM Remembrance of CCB members who have passed away since the Fall
2009 
    convention. 
    7:15 PM Credentials Committee report 
    7:35 PM "Architecture Beyond Sight" 
    Presenter: Christopher Downey, Architect, Architecture for the Blind, 
    Piedmont, California. 
    8:05 PM 
    "The State of the Art: Innovations and Issues in Special Schools for the

    Blind" Presenter: Stuart Wittenstein, President, Council of Schools for
the 
    Blind, Fremont, California and Kim Charlson, First Vice President,
American 
    Council of the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts 
    8:45 PM ACB Report, Kim Charlson, First Vice President, American Council
of 
    the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts 
    9:15 PM CCB Governmental Affairs Report 
    Frank Welte, Director of Governmental Affairs, California Council of the

    Blind, San Leandro, California. 
    9:45 PM CCB President's report, Jeff Thom, Sacramento, California. 
    The session will conclude with an election to fill a vacancy on the CCB 
    board of directors. 
 
Saturday, April 17, 2010
  1:00 PM - 1:30 pm Host John Glass brings us more performances from
students at 
  the California School for the Blind and covers the CCB afternoon program. 
  1:30 - 4:30 p.m. CCB Third General Session. Donna Pomerantz, CCB Second
Vice 
  President Presiding. 
    1:30 PM Invocation. 
    1:35 PM Pledge of Allegiance: Mike Keithley, President, Silicon Valley 
    Council of the Blind Chapter 
    1:45 PM "Understanding Your Rights to Alternate Format from the Social 
    Security Administration" 
    Presenter: Larisa Cummings, Esq., Staff Attorney, Disability Rights 
    Education and Defense Fund, Berkeley, California 
    2:05 PM "Department of Rehabilitation in Budgetary Hard Times" 
    Joe Xavier, Acting Deputy Director, Specialized Services Division, 
    Department of Rehabilitation, Sacramento, California and Catharine
Bailes, 
    Blind Field Services District Administrator, Department of
Rehabilitation, 
    Sacramento, California.
    2:45 PM "Putting Together an Entertainment and Recreation Listing and
it’s 
    Benefits to your Organization" 
    Presenter: Beth Berenson, Program Coordinator LightHouse for the Blind
and 
    Visually Impaired, San Francisco, California. 
    3:15 PM "Easy Steps for CCB Advocacy" 
    Presenter: Frank Welte, Director of Governmental Affairs, California
Council 
    of the Blind, San Leandro, California. In these times of term limits and

    budget deficits in Sacramento, it's more important than ever that CCB 
    members become strong advocates in our local communities. This
presentation 
    will provide you with the steps you can take to influence your community

    leaders to make life better for people living with vision loss.
    3:45 PM "Bits of San Mateo County History" 
    Presenter: Joan Levy, Board of Directors, San Mateo County History
Museum, 
    Redwood City, California.
  6:30 PM 7:00 pmAnn Kysor hosts this broadcast and covers the banquet
program. 
  7:00 pm - 10:00 p.m. CCB Banquet. 
  Emcee, Dan Kysor, member of the CCB board of directors. Guest speaker:
Anita 
  Aaron, Executive Director, World Institute on Disability. Don't forget the

  winning tickets for CCB Sweepstakes will be drawn at the Banquet, along
with 
  other raffles, prizes. In addition CCB awards will be presented.
 
Sunday, April 18, 2010
  7:30 AM Devotional Services. 
  8:30 AM - 12 PM CCB General Session. 
  This final session will include reports from: the Constitution and By-laws

  Committee, CCB Treasurer's Report, Resolutions Committee, as well as
reports 
  from other CCB Committees as time permits. We will also set aside time to 
  obtain input from members on the convention program format. The meeting
and 
  the Convention will adjourn at 12:00 Noon.

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