Updated on Friday, October 17th, this is the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Information Network. This information can be accessed on the MCB Voice Information System at 617-626-7660 and 800-392-6450. You can say “tape” or “telephone tape” into the phone. This message is also available on "Newsline," the accessible newspaper service by pressing number 2, the local Channel, and in the "Massachusetts Commission for the Blind" section of “Newsline”. This update is produced by Wayne Levy.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

The 2014 Raise the Bar – HIRE Conference and Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. This two day conference is for employers, employment service providers, State Agencies, people with disabilities, and family members. Conference hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Thursday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday and will feature keynote addresses, exhibitors, networking opportunities, break-out sessions, sharing and engaging with industry leaders. Registration and additional information can be found at www.raisethebar2014.org.

The Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) is inviting you to an informal social gathering on Saturday, October 25th from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM at the Boston Beer Works, located at 61 Brookline Avenue in Brookline. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest, and have the opportunity to order food and drink off the menu. Braille menus will be available. To encourage maximum participation, the BSCB Social Committee has decided to partially subsidize the event. Consequently, all BSCB members who wish to take advantage of the subsidy, the first $10.00 of your bill will be deducted and paid from BSCB treasury funds. The deadline for members wishing to avail themselves of the $10.00 subsidy is Thursday October 23rd. To confirm your attendance, please contact BSCB Social Committee Chair David Kingsbury at davidkingsbury77@gmail.com or 781-974-2001. Additional information can also be found at www.acb.org/baystate

The Worcester Talking Book Library recently announced their fall series of free adaptive technology training workshops. The second workshop, Reading Difficult Web Pages with Internet Explorer, will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the computer lab at the Worcester Talking Book Library, located at 3 Salem Square in Worcester. This session will cover various techniques for streamlining the reading experience using JAWS Quick settings. They will also cover strategies for handling Adobe Flash and OnMouseOver links. To register for this workshop, please contact Jim Izatt at jizatt@worcpublib.org or 508-799-1621. Additional information about this, and other upcoming workshops, can be obtained at www.worcpublib.org/talkingbook.

The Disability Policy Consortium would like to invite you to their Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 5:50 PM to 7:30 PM. The event will be held at the 119/SEUI Healthcare Workers East, 150 Mount Vernon Street in Dorchester. Honorees include MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, Brian and Kim Charlson, and Dennis Heaphy. If you have a reasonable accommodation request for this event, please contact Liz Hardy at lhardy@dpcma.org or 617-680-2599. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. Additional information can also be found at www.dpcma.org.

MAB Community Services is extending an invitation for you to visit their “Our Stories” exhibit, which will be on display at the Lamar Soutter Library, UMASS Medical School, 55 Lake North Avenue, Worcester through November 3rd. Our Stories is an exhibit created by MAB Community Services and photographer Meg Landers, telling the story of deinstitutionalization from the perspective of the adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. Exhibit hours are Sunday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Fridays, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Additional information can be found at www.mabcommunity.org/ads/news-events/our-stories.

Are you curious about Native American Art? The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) would like to invite you to join their museum-trained guides in an entertaining and informative exploration of their Art of the Americas Wing to learn more about their collection of Native American Art. Historic pieces and contemporary pieces created with traditional techniques are the feature of this tour. This tour is free for individuals who are blind or have low vision as well as a sighted companion. Pre-registration is required to Valarie Burrows at vburrows@mfa.org or 617-369-3302.

Would you like to learn about using braille to decorate bulletin boards, holiday cards, and create braille drawings? If so, join the Hadley School for the Blind’s Seminar, “Braille Exchange: Braille for the Holidays”, scheduled for Wednesday, October 29th at 11:00 AM. Join Seminars @ Hadley for a bit of fun and holiday sharing, as veteran Hadley instructors Susan Fisher, Sue Melrose and Debbie Siegel discuss resources for braille holiday gifts. Be sure to have your brailler or slate and stylus and paper ready to join in drawing a braille Christmas tree and a braille dreidel. Larry Muffett, a member of Hadley’s Seminars team, will moderate this 60-minute seminar. Space in this seminar is limited. Please only register if you know you are available to attend so others are not closed out. A question and answer session will be included as part of the seminar, which is an audio presentation. To register, please go to: http://www.hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=250. You can learn more about this and other seminars at www.Hadley.edu.

November 3, 2014

The Carroll Center for the Blind would also like to invite you to their Apple Monday Workshop. In order to help those who have an iPhone (4, 4s, & 5) or are considering making a purchase, the Carroll Center hosts monthly Apple Workshops on the first Monday of the month. The next Apple Monday will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $20.00 per person. Additional information can be found at www.carroll.org.

November 5, 2014

Are you or someone in your family experiencing vision loss for the first time? If so, and you would like to learn more about the programs and services offered at the Carroll Center for the Blind, you are being invited to an upcoming information days. In an effort to provide answers to many of the questions people frequently ask about their programs and other visual impairment services, the Carroll Center for the Blind holds monthly information days on the first Wednesday of every month. The next information day will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. To make a reservation, please email Maureen Foley at Maureen.foley@carroll.org or call 800-852-3131, x225 with the name of each guest attending (family and friends are welcome!). Directions and more information about the Carroll Center for the Blind can be obtained at www.carroll.org.

Thanks for reading this message and it will be updated again on Friday, October 24th.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.