Updated on Friday, October 21st, this is the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Information Network. This information can be accessed on the MCB Voice Information System by calling 617-626-7660. You may also call 800-392-6450 and say either “tape” or “telephone tape” into the speech recognition menu. Lastly, this weekly update 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. Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s NDEAM theme is “Inclusion Works.” You can learn more at: www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam

MCB would like to inform you that the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has announced that they will be setting up security screening stations at all of its Transitional Assistance Offices (TAO’s). The DTA takes very seriously the safety of all individuals who visit their offices. As a result, they are stationing security guards at all of their sites. In addition, starting last month and continuing through January 2017, DTA will be rolling out a metal screening protocol in all of their offices. All visitors to a DTA office and staff who do not have their DTA identification will be subject to this protocol each time they enter a DTA office. All persons who enter will be asked to remove all objects from their pockets, allow coats, bags and items to be run through an X-ray machine, and allow for hand searches of bags and/or the use of a hand wand if necessary. In addition, visitors will be required to pass through a Magnetometer screening device similar to those at airports. If the device sounds an alarm, a uniformed security officer will use a handheld screening device to detect any metallic objects. If the Magnetometer is not working, uniformed security officers will conduct bag and package inspection searches by hand. Signage will be displayed if the Magnetometer is down and visitors will be subject to hand searches. Any individual refusing to be screened will be denied access to the office. More information about this announcement can be obtained at www.mass.gov/dta.

The next Perkins School for the Blind’s Library Without Walls presentation will be taking place over the telephone on Tuesday, October 25th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Library Without Walls is a program at the Perkins Library where patrons can join in a presentation or book club by telephone. The October topic will be “Yoga for Every Body”. Instructor and writer, Carol Dickman, will share her customized yoga strategies presented in her book, “Seated and Bed Top Yoga”, which she personally narrated. Her award-winning Yoga workout offers a beginner’s program of simple stretches, breathing exercises, yoga postures and a relaxation regimen — all done seated or lying on a bed. Relax, renew, reduce stress, increase flexibility, and feel better. To register for this presentation or get the upcoming schedule, please call the Library Without Walls voice mailbox at 617-972-7852.

The work world is highly competitive. If asked, can you describe your own personal brand? Do you know how to network? Is it time to learn some skills to make you a better candidate, as well as a more valuable team member? To get the answers to these questions, we invite you to join the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Seminars@Hadley on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:00 AM for, “Soft Skills for Staying Employed”. Join Joseph F. Danowsky, Managing Director and Private Client Advisor at Bank of America, as he provides insights on developing your brand; the importance of networking; tips for finding a job; and for moving up in your career. Colleen Wunderlich, Director of the Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship, will moderate this 60-minute presentation. A question and answer session will be included as part of the seminar, which is an audio-only presentation. Space in this seminar is limited. To register, go to www.hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=340. You can learn more about this and other seminars at www.Hadley.edu.

The Disability Law Center, Uber, the Boston Center for Independent Living, and the Disability Policy Consortium would like to invite you to a discussion on Accessible Transportation, scheduled for Thursday, October 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The discussion will take place at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza in Boston. As a person with a disability, your transportation options are changing. UBER is a leader in providing a fast, effective and affordable option. Your input and expertise about what is needed to provide this service and access to driving opportunities to all people with disabilities, including those that use wheelchairs and other mobility devices and seniors, is requested. Parking is available at the Transportation Building. Public Transportation is encouraged. Come share your experience and expertise with us and representatives of UBER over a light dinner. Please note that space is limited and RSVP is required. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP and request accommodations by 5:00 PM on October 20th by contacting Amanda Gasparonis at mail@dlc-ma.org or 617-723-8455 x 123

The Newton Nomadic Theater is returning to the Carrol Center for the Blind with its new production, “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Frank McGuiness on Friday October 28th at 7:00 PM. This haunting, funny, tense and exciting play is a show you won’t soon forget. Three men — an American, an Englishman, and an Irishman are scooped off a street in Beirut and locked away in a cell for reasons known only to their captors. It’s a story of hope, despair, and everything in between. Those who saw the theater’s production of Molly Sweeney last year at the Carroll Center will remember Billy Meleady who played Frank Sweeney (the husband). This time around Billy is directing the production featuring three amazing actors making their debut with the Newton Nomadic Theater — Chris Burke, Derek Nelson, Steve Vaughan. Do not miss this show! Three wildly talented actors, an amazing script, and a production perfectly suited for the Carroll Center audience. The show is free for the Carroll Center audience, thanks to a generous grant by the Bay State Council of the Bind. Please RSVP to Maureen.Foley@carroll.org. You can also learn more at www.carroll.org.

National Braille Press is inviting you join them at their fundraising gala, “A Million Laughs for Literacy”, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 28th at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer Street in Boston. There will be a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner, program and performance starting at 7:00 PM. The gala will be hosted by comedian Jack Gallagher, a legendary stand-up comedian. Jack has worked on network television, including his own ABC sitcom Bringing up Jack as well as a recurring role on the HBO Original Series You’re your Enthusiasm. The evening will feature Haben Hirma as the special guest speaker. An internationally acclaimed accessibility leader, Haben has earned recognition as a White House “Champion of Change”, Forbes 30 under 30, and BBC Women of Africa Hero. She is the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Joe Sullivan, president of Duxbury Systems and chief architect of the original Duxbury Braille translator software, and Deane Blazie, who revolutionized Braille technology with the creation of the Braille ‘n Speak with his firm Blazie Engineering. For more information, please contact Joe Quintanilla at 617-425-2415 or jquintanilla@nbp.org. You can also learn more at www.nbp.org.

Parents often say that raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of life. Now imagine how you’d do it if you were blind. Not sure? The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is inviting you to check out a special video about two parents, Rebecca and Eric, who are both blind are loving, laughing and adapting as they raise their two-year-old son, Tyler, who loves books, trucks, airplanes, playing, and exploring the world around him. ACB invites you to share the links below with your family and friends. You can access the videos by visiting: https://youtu.be/0kbVtOrLzIU, which is the ACB video with Audio Description or https://youtu.be/po9QvkT_XxM, which is the ACB Parenting Video.

Hello Basketball Fans! If you’re a Boston Celtics fan, and you just have to know when every game starts, you’re in luck. The Perkins Library, in collaboration with the National Braille Press and the Boston Celtics, have partnered to create schedules in both braille and large print. If you want a copy of your own, feel free to send an email to library@perkins.org or call 617-972-7240 and specify your format choice.

The Hadley School for the Blind Woman’s Board will be, once again, offering Braille holiday cards and gift tags. The 2016 Holiday Card features a watercolor and mixed-media collage depicting a quiet winter landscape of colorful, vintage-patterned paper trees, as tactile snowflakes fall from the sky. Each snowflake and a solitary tree are embossed. As a special touch, hidden in the snowflakes along the top of the card, the word “peace” is spelled out in braille. In the Hadley tradition, the 2016 Braille Holiday Card will carry the greeting "Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season" in both print and braille. Original artwork created by mixed-media artist Jennifer James, an award-winning designer and artist who joined Hadley’s communications department in 2014. Jennifer shows her work throughout the year at fine art festivals and exhibits in Chicago, and is honored to support Hadley’s mission to serve people living with visual impairment. See more of Jennifer’s work at www.jenniferjamesmixedmedia.com. Braille holiday cards are packaged 25 per set, envelopes included, for $35.00. You can purchase cards online at www.hadley.edu/holidaycard as well as via phone and on-site at Hadley. All proceeds benefit the Hadley School for the Blind.

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