Updated on Friday, April 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.

The Carroll Center for the Blind and MCB are pleased to announce the 2017 Carroll Awards, which recognizes outstanding employees in the workforce throughout Massachusetts who are blind or visually impaired and their employers. The 2017 Carroll Awards event is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st at 3:00 PM at the Carroll Center for the Blind. If you know of someone who is blind or visually impaired, who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence as an employee or is successfully self-employed, we invite you to nominate him/her. Nominations may come from any source, but must be confirmed and approved by the candidate’s employer and others who know their work. Visit www.carroll.org for more information about the Carroll Awards and to complete an online application. You can also contact Dina Rosenbaum at dina.rosenbaum@carroll.org or by calling her at 617-969-6200, x238 for additional questions.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is pleased to announce their ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam initiative for 2017. This program is a philanthropic effort generously provided to the public by participating board certified Diplomates of the ACVO who donate their time, staff and services to provide complimentary screening eye exams to qualified Service Animals throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico during the month of May. Since its inception in 2008, more than 52,000 Service Animals have received free eye screenings. Interested parties must register their working or service animal between April 1st – 30th to participate in this event during the month of May. To register, make an appointment, or learn more about this program, please visit www.ACVOeyeexam.org.

The Perkins School for the Blind is hosting a presentation on Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder and Inherited Retinal Diseases, scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This presentation, which is titled “Updates in Visual Impairments”, will be held at the Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology on the Perkins campus. From 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Karen Orband, RN, BSN, CDE, from Vanda Pharmaceuticals, will present on Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder, which is a circadian rhythm disorder affecting the majority of people with no light perception. It is characterized by the inability to synchronize the circadian clock, leading to disruption of the regular sleep-wake cycle. From 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Jamie Ring, Head of Patient Advocacy and David Rousso, Medical Science Liaison of Spark Therapeutics, will lead a presentation and discussion on Inherited Retinal Diseases and gene therapy. Dinner will be provided by Vanda Pharmaceuticals. To RSVP, please contact Adria Hodas at Adria.Hodas@perkins.org or 617-972-7585.

The Worcester Public Library, located at 3 Salem Square in Worcester, recently announced their spring 2017 series of free adaptive technology training workshops. There will be four sessions and the overall theme will be “Getting Down the Basics.” The goal of these four sessions will be to concentrate on core capabilities in the following areas: file management using JAWS with Windows 10; the most important Word document formatting commands; emailing with Outlook; and web browsing with Internet Explorer. If we are unable to get through all topics during any given session, audio files and a set of written lab assignments will be sent to participants just after the sessions. The first session is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd at 9:45 AM, and will be held in the computer lab at the library This session will cover: Windows 10 settings for use with JAWS; managing your desktop; navigating the folder hierarchy and interacting with external devices; file management basics. To register or learn more about any of the upcoming workshops, please contact Jim Izatt at 508-799-1730 or call the Worcester Talking Book Library at 800-762-0085.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, would like to invite you to Art in Bloom. If you have not attended before, Art in Bloom pairs art objects with floral arrangers and garden clubs, who interpret the art they have been assigned into a floral arrangement. Guided tours for Art in Bloom are available on Friday April 28th, Saturday April 29th, and Sunday April 30th. To request an Art in Bloom tour, please provide your preferred date and approximate time or times that you are available. There are a lot of tours during this weekend, so the MFA asks that you submit your requests in early April if possible. You can RSVP by emailing Hannah at Hgoodwin@mfa.org or by calling 617-894-8807.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). AAPD is offering eight scholarships, which can be used for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2017. Any associate, undergraduate, or graduate student who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability and are pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry, are eligible to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university. In addition to several documents (resume, an essay, letter of recommendation, etc.), students will need to provide AAPD with the completed 2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship application, which is available online and will close on June 19, 2017. Please visit www.aapd.com to learn more about the application process.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in collaboration with the filmmakers, is proud to present Do You Dream in Color?, a new, critically acclaimed documentary about blind youth and the educational and societal challenges they face. Connor, Nick, Sarah and Carina are like most teenagers navigating the challenges of high school, but unlike their peers — they’re blind. Do You Dream in Color? is a powerful and inspiring look at the journeys of these courageous teenagers. Their true stories highlight the many obstacles faced by students who are blind, and how they overcome them to live the lives they want. The film, directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy, is available through video-on-demand platforms from Uncork’d Entertainment, and public screenings are being planned. To view the trailer and get more information, visit www.doyoudreamincolor.com.

The Boston Opera House, located at 539 Washington Street in Boston, has announced an Audio Described date for The King and I. This special Audio Described performance will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You”, “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, The King and I is “too beautiful to miss”. Tickets start at $44.00 can be purchased by emailing mdoyle@bostonoperahouse.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Boston Opera House Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or by phone 617-880-2419. You can also learn more by visiting www.bostonoperahouse.com.

The Emerson/Paramount Center, located at 559 Washington Street in Boston, has announced the date for an Audio Described performance of 17 Borders Crossing. This special Audio Described performance will be on Friday, April 28th at 8:00 PM. A surreal sojourn that transports us to very real places: Hungary, Serbia, Morocco, Colombia, Holland and Mexico, to name a few. In the deft, mischievous manner of the trickster, Phillips manages to float huge questions that surround the fraught migrations of our era. With all the childlike curiosity and adult skepticism of monologist Spalding Gray, and the theatrical wizardry of a Robert Lepage, Thaddeus Phillips takes audiences by the hand on a trip around the world and shows us that when we cross the imaginary lines that divide up the world, the real borders come to light. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-824-8400 or by visiting www.artsemerson.org.

Save the Date! Save the date for the 5th Annual Carroll Center for the Blind Walk for INDEPENDENCE! Join 750 people on Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a one mile and 5k walk around the neighborhood with family pets and guide dogs and then a cookout, accessible games and more! You can register for the walk and learn more by visiting www.carroll.org.

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