[Friends] California Council of the Blind Convention on ACB Radio World
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
dmpomerantz at earthlink.net
donna.pomerantz at ccbnet.org
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
I have pasted the text of the broadcast schedule below the following link.
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
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
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
of Lainey Feingold, Berkeley, California. Topics will include a brief
of the individual advocacy that occurred before lawyers got involved, how
Structured Negotiations started, how the California Council of the Blind
worked with other local organizations, how the community was involved
negotiations, and how city staff and the blind community are working
to successfully implement the landmark settlement.
9:35 AM "What you need to know about the Accessible Pedestrian Signal
in San Francisco"
Presenter: Eddie Tsui, Traffic Signal Engineer, Municipal Transportation
Agency (MTA), City and County of San Francisco. This presentation will
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
the City; how the City worked together with various members of the
visually-impaired community to develop an APS program; the selection of
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)
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
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
Negotiations on a variety of issues including Talking ATMs, tactile
and accessible websites, including the recent settlement with Major League
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
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
can help build your local chapter, how Structured Negotiations begin, and
CCB members can be more involved in Structured Negotiations
1:00 pm - 1:30 Dan Kysor opens the afternoon broadcast with exerpts from
California School for the Blind student concert and provides details on
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
Organization, Recreation and Park Department, "Project Insight", San
Francisco. Guest speaker: Sean Corritore-program participant who is
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
for the Blind, Karen Courtemanche, Transition Program, California School
the Blind, and California School for the Blind students Samantha C. and
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
Program, California School for the Blind, Jim Carreon and Jerry Kuns,
Assistive Technology Program, California School for the Blind and
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
7:15 PM Credentials Committee report
7:35 PM "Architecture Beyond Sight"
Presenter: Christopher Downey, Architect, Architecture for the Blind,
"The State of the Art: Innovations and Issues in Special Schools for the
Blind" Presenter: Stuart Wittenstein, President, Council of Schools for
Blind, Fremont, California and Kim Charlson, First Vice President,
Council of the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts
8:45 PM ACB Report, Kim Charlson, First Vice President, American Council
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
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
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
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
Blind Field Services District Administrator, Department of
2:45 PM "Putting Together an Entertainment and Recreation Listing and
Benefits to your Organization"
Presenter: Beth Berenson, Program Coordinator LightHouse for the Blind
Visually Impaired, San Francisco, California.
3:15 PM "Easy Steps for CCB Advocacy"
Presenter: Frank Welte, Director of Governmental Affairs, California
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
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
Redwood City, California.
6:30 PM 7:00 pmAnn Kysor hosts this broadcast and covers the banquet
7:00 pm - 10:00 p.m. CCB Banquet.
Emcee, Dan Kysor, member of the CCB board of directors. Guest speaker:
Aaron, Executive Director, World Institute on Disability. Don't forget the
winning tickets for CCB Sweepstakes will be drawn at the Banquet, along
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
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
the Convention will adjourn at 12:00 Noon.
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