[Friends] California Council of the Blind streams its convention starting this evening and goes through the weekend

Larry Turnbull larry at acbradio.org
Thu Apr 10 18:12:21 EDT 2014

Hi all,
Once again we have more affiliate coverage on ACBRadio Live Event!

Starting this evening the California Council of the Blind will begin
streaming its convention on ACBRadio Live Event.

Below is the schedule of events that will be streamed throughout the

Unfortunately due to break out sessions on Saturday no sessions will be
streamed during the day on Saturday.

The only event that will be streamed on Saturday is the CCB banquet.

Please note all times listed are in the Pacific Time zone.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Technology Committee. Tahoe/Shasta Louis Herrera, Chair
and Roger Petersen, Vice Chair. Technology Program. "Technology Session
Accessing Off the Shelf Resources"

Speaker 1: Kimberly Cline, Regional Channel Manager, AI Squared, Las Vegas,
Kimberly Cline will demonstrate the latest ZoomText functions and features
using Microsoft Windows 8.1 and ZoomText Mac running on Mavericks. She will
also demonstrate Image Reader, a complimentary OCR solution that is quite
powerful and easy to use.

Fixing QuickBooks - Updating Legacy Software Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. Founder
and CEO, My Blind Spot Inc., Steve Clark, Principal, Adaptive Technology
Svcs, John Martyn, Principal, Do It Blind. Updating mature software requires
special attention to details. Discover how Intuit and My Blind Spot teamed
up to make QuickBooks for Windows accessible, including QA, JAWS scripting,
and many more discoveries.

If there are 30 people in attendance, there will be a drawing for ZoomText
MAC; if there are 50 people in attendance, there will be a drawing for
ZoomReader for IOS devices. You must be present to win. Drawing to be held
immediately before the close of the Technology Committee Session.

Friday, April 11, 2014

9:00 AM Committee on Access and Transportation
(CAT) and California Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV) Joint
Session. Tahoe/Shasta

Eugene Lozano, Jr., Chair, CAT; Bernice Kandarian, President, CCCLV.
"Accessible Transportation Resources: An Overview of Paratransit and
Fixed-Route Services in Urban and Rural Settings".

Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter
Seals Project ACTION, Washington D.C. Kristi McLaughlin leads a number of
training initiatives for Easter Seals Project ACTION. Kristi is an
experienced trainer with extensive knowledge of the transportation
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her background includes
travel training, coordination planning, writing training curriculum and
providing technical assistance regarding accessible transportation. Kristi
began her career in transportation as a scheduling clerk at Bloomington
Transit in Bloomington, Indiana. She has since worked as manager of the
paratransit system in Bloomington and as general manager of the Niles
Dial-A-Ride in Niles, Michigan. Kristi has a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.S.
in Applied Health Science. A host of topics on accessible transportation
will be discussed in this hands-on workshop. Learn about the paratransit
eligibility process and operations, fixed-route transportation options,
transit in rural areas, and other information on the transportation
provisions of the ADA and the state of accessible transportation in our

1:30 PM First CCB General Session. Tahoe/Shasta Donna Pomerantz, CCB
President presiding.


Pledge of Allegiance.

1:40 PM Welcome to Sacramento.

1:50 PM Protect Yourself From Financial Fraud Mark Leyes, Director of
Communications, California Department of Business Oversight, Sacramento, CA.
The California Department of Business Oversights Education & Outreach office
alerts and educates Californians about financial and investment fraud,
scams, and unscrupulous sales practices. The Department seeks to empower
Californians by providing 

valuable information and resources so they can make well-informed financial

2:35 PM The Quest for QuickBooks: How a small nonprofit and a corporate
giant joined forces for greater accessibility Albert Rizzi, Founder and CEO,
My Blind Spot Inc., and Lori Samuels, Accessibility Program Manager, Intuit
Inc., New York, NY. This presentation explores how My Blind Spot teamed up
with Intuit, Inc., to ensure greater accessibility to QuickBooks. This
collaboration succeeded in making QuickBooks compatible with screen reading
technologies, significantly expanding career options in bookkeeping,
accounting, etc., for the visually impaired. The presentation includes a
demonstration of the accessible QuickBooks for Windows and a discussion of
future accessibility initiatives.

3:20 PM Covered California 101 Lindsay Petersen, Policy Analyst, External
Affairs Group, Covered California, Sacramento, CA. The presentation will
discuss affordable healthcare options available through Covered California
and Medi-Cal, eligibility for financial assistance, health plan types, rates
and subsidies, how to enroll, enrollment windows, and resources. It will
also discuss efforts to make the Covered California website compatible with
screen reading and magnification software.

4:05 PM Adjournment

7:00 PM Second CCB General Session. Tahoe/Shasta Eugene Lozano, Jr., CCB
First Vice President presiding.

7:05 PM Remembrance of CCB members who have passed away since the Fall 2013
Conference and Convention.

7:15 PM Credentials Committee Report, Pamela Polagi, Credentials Committee,
Temple City, CA.

7:40 PM Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder: Overview of the Disorder and
Treatment in People with No Light Perception, Melissa Olivadoti, PhD,
Medical Science Liaison, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Washington DC.

Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24) may affect the majority of people
without light perception. The body clock of people with Non-24 does not
synchronize with the 24 hour day, leading to disrupted night time sleep and

drive for daytime sleep. This presentation will discuss Non-24 and new
treatments available.

8:10 PM CCB Legislative Report, Jeff Thom, Chair, Governmental Affairs
Committee, Sacramento, CA

8:40 PM American Council of the Blind Report, Ron Brooks, Member, Board of
Publications, American Council of the Blind, Phoenix, Arizona.

9:10 PM Presidents Report, Donna Pomerantz, President, California Council of
the Blind, Pasadena, CA.

9:40 PM Elections. Tahoe/Shasta

Saturday, April 12, 2014

7:00 PM The CCB Banquet. Tahoe/Shasta
Banquet Emcee, Ron Brooks, American Council of the Blind, Board of
Publications Member, Phoenix, AZ. Invocation, Pastor Reverend Don Lee, First
United Methodist Church, Sacramento, 

CA. Guest speaker: Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot Inc. An
Inspirational Journey: 
Moving Through Uncertainty While Overcoming Barriers!

Join us as we celebrate a chapter charter, hear from some of our life
members, celebrate those we honor with awards, raffles, prizes, and you
never know what other surprises are in store.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

8:30 AM CCB Business Session. Tahoe/Shasta

This final session will include:
CCB Treasurer's Report and reports from the Constitution and By-Laws
Committee, Resolutions Committee, as well as reports from other CCB
Committees as time permits. The meeting and the Conference and Convention
will adjourn at 12:00 Noon.

You can catch the coverage by going to http://acbradio.org/live or you can
listen to the coverage with your phone by dialing 231-460-1047 and press
option 6.

Happy listening.

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