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Updated every Friday, the Weekly Information Update provides important blindness and disability-related information and updates to MCB consumers.
10/26/2018
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Updated on Friday, October 26th, 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 Rachel Antoine.

There are 9 updates this week (including five new updates):

1. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Observed each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” You can learn more at: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

2. The Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) is inviting you to attend their 2018 BSCB Fall Conference, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th at the Carroll Center for the Blind, located at 770 Centre Street in Newton. The cost for the entire day, including lunch, will be $20.00. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM followed by the general session at 9:30 AM and will conclude at 5:00 PM. This year, AIRA will make the Carroll Center a free zone for their services. If you are not already an AIRA subscriber, download the app so you can check it out at the conference. There are two ways for you to pre-register. You can pay your $20.00 registration fee through a PayPal link. Email David Kingsbury at davidkingsbury77@gmail.com or call the new BSCB phone line at 773-572-6312 for more information. To learn more about the conference schedule and registration, please visit www.acbofma.org.

3. Hulu and advocates from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) have reached a settlement agreement to increase the accessibility of Hulu’s streaming service to individual who are blind or have low vision. As a result, Hulu will undertake efforts to make its website and software applications accessible via screen readers and will provide audio description tracks for streaming content where possible. Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit disability rights legal center, and the Disability Law Center (DLC), the Massachusetts Protection and Advocacy agency, represented ACB, BSCB, Kim Charlson, and Brian Charlson in these negotiations with Hulu. A copy of the agreement can be found at www.dralegal.org/press/hulu-becomes-latest-streaming-service-to-commit-to-accessibility-for-blind-users.

4. The Perkins School for the Blind would like to invite you to a Perkins Empowerment Parent Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, at the Grousbeck Center, 175 North Beacon Street in Watertown. Dr. Nancy Hartshorne presents will present on, “Person-Centered Planning,” a new program that is being implemented at Perkins. At the November 1st workshop, you will learn how this interactive process engages families and teams in transition planning to better ensure individual students live fulfilling lives. You will learn: What is Person-Centered Planning; Why use Person-Centered Planning; Isn’t an IEP enough; How can I as a parent, make the most out of my child’s PCP; and How has Person-Centered Planning changed lives and systems. For questions, please contact Denise Fitzgerald at denise.fitzgerald@perkins.org. You can register and learn more by visiting www.perkins.org.

5. The Next meeting of the Boston Chapter of the Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Roxbury YMCA (285 Martin Luther King Boulevard, rear conference room) in Boston. Speakers will include Bob Hachey, who will talk about his experiences with being an MBTA monitor and what he thinks our transportation challenges will be in the future. Rosemary Miller will also talk about all the good work the Attorney General's office does and how they can help our population. To find out more information, please visit www.acbofma.org.

6. The Discovery Museum, located at 177 Main Street (Route 27) in Acton, is inviting you to an evening for family of the visually impaired. Come join in all the fun and explore the new, fully-accessible, and ADA-compliant Discovery Museum during this special evening event on Saturday, November 3rd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Your family can explore, wonder, experiment, and imagine together, while the Discovery Museum is closed to the general public. You can also drop-in for Let’s Make!, between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM to tinker and engineer with special guest Maker, Miriam Zisook. Admission is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/VisualNov2018. You can also learn more by calling 978-264-4200 or visiting www.discoveryacton.org.

7. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston invites you to their next Feeling for Form tour, scheduled for Sunday, November 4th, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. This tour will feature Ancient World collection, which will visit objects from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, and include some sculptures that can be explored directly through touch that have not been shared before. Feeling for Form is a program that provides tours for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. To RSVP, for more information, or to request a tour, please contact Hannah Goodwin at 617-369-3189 or hgoodwin@mfa.org.

8. The next Perkins School for the Blind’s Library Without Walls call will take place on Tuesday, November 13th, from 2:00 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 November discussion will feature a book discussion with award winning writer and local author Helen Kobek on her book “Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal with Its Effects Without Denial, Bitterness, or Despair.” To RSVP or get the upcoming schedule, please call the Library Without Walls voice mailbox system at 617-972-7852.

9. The next meeting of the Blind and Visually Impaired User Group (VIBUG) will take place on Saturday November 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 134, in Cambridge. To find out more about VIBUG, including accessing archives of past technology demonstrations, please visit www.vibug.org.

Thanks for reading this message and it will updated again on Friday, November 2nd.

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