[Radio-announce] CCB will be streaming its convention starting tomorrow and extending through the weekend
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Wed Apr 10 19:23:14 EDT 2013
It gives me great pleasure in announcing that the California Council of the
Blind will once again be streaming its spring convention.
The coverage will be streamed on ACB Radio Live Event.
To get to Live Event do the following:
Go to http://acbradio.org.
Then click on "Listen to ACB Radio".
On that page just scroll down with the heading key for your screen reader
until you come to the Live Event Heading.
Directly under that heading you will find the links to the Live Stream
Also if you have the latest version of the ACB Radio Tuner which is version
8.0 all you have to do there is open the tuner and click on the Live Event
If you don't have the latest version of the tuner yet be sure to get it or
the streams won't work if you try to launch them with any tuner version
older than 8.0.
To get the tuner go to http://acbradio.org and click on the downloads link.
The tuner is the first item you will come to in the list of downloads.
Be sure to keep this stream handy even after the CCB convention as we will
be streaming yet another affiliate next weekend.
Yes you heard correctly!
ACB of Nebraska will be streaming its convention next weekend.
Stay tune for more information on Nebraska.
The following is the list of events that CCB will be streaming this weekend.
All these times are Pacific Time
Thursday, April 11, 2013
1:00 PM Technology Committee. Tahoe/Shasta. Louis Herrera,
Chair and Roger Petersen, Vice Chair. Technology Program.
1:00 PM "What Can Dolphin Do for You?" Mark Gibbons, Sterling Adaptives,
Dolphin West Coast Representative; Mark will introduce various accessibility
products offered by Dolphin Oceanic. Come out and learn more about supernova
and Guide, the menu interactive interface that can make computing fun and
easy for all. For additional information about Guide, especially for people
with low vision, see the
2:00 PM "How does Adobe make PDF easy to work with Accessibility?"
Peter Devasto, Adobe Products, Accessibility Manager.
Peter Devasto will talk about Adobe's commitment to making PDF documents
accessible. He will also demonstrate the accessibility features built in to
the Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
Friday, April 12, 2013
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,
9:00 AM opening comments from Eugene Lozano, Jr., Chair,
Committee on Access and Transportation and Bernice Kandarian,
President, California Council of Citizens with Low Vision.
"Update on Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling Efforts after
Passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act", Mitch Pomerantz,
President, ACB. Pasadena, California.
For a number of years, the American Council of the Blind was aware of the
problem facing blind/visually impaired people in being unable to read
information contained on prescription drug labels. We had heard of
members who inadvertently took the wrong pill or an improper dose of
Knowing that the majority of individuals experiencing vision loss do so in
their 60's and beyond, and that these individuals are also experiencing
other limitations which can affect cognitive and physical functioning, ACB
believed it was long past time for all prescription drug information
available to the sighted public to likewise be made available to those of us
with little or no vision.
Our efforts commenced in 2011 and resulted in the introduction of
legislation which ultimately was incorporated into S 3187, The Food and
Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The bill was passed
by Congress and signed into law by the President on July 9th, becoming
What has come out of ACB's successful advocacy effort is the Work Group
Access to Prescription Drug Label Information under the auspices of
the United States Access Board. The purpose of this working group is
develop best practices on access to information on prescription
drug container labels for individuals who are blind or visually
Our charge was to develop such best practices no later than one year
following enactment of the statute; meaning that by July, a document
pharmacies to ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals have
safe, consistent, reliable, and independent access to the
information on prescription drug container labels" will be available to
The statute also makes clear that such best
practices are not to be considered accessibility guidelines or standards of
the Access Board.
The presentation will provide a progress report of the activities of
the work group and what is the future in the development of successful
labeling in prescription containers.
9:35 AM "California High-Speed Rail - Easing
Access while Ensuring Worker and
Passenger Safety" Jon Tapping, Risk
Manager, California High-Speed Rail
Authority, Sacramento, California.
Join California High-Speed Rail Authority Risk Manager Jon Tapping
as he gives us an update on the history making high-speed rail
project slated to begin in the Golden State's Central Valley. It's
touted as the largest infrastructure project in the U.S. Tapping
explain what's being done to make the system safe for construction
workers who will build it, maintenance and operation
employees who will run it, and passengers who will have to
navigate through high-speed rail stations before boarding a
train that zips them to their destinations at speeds up to 220
10:05 AM "Past Present and Future of the California
Commission on Disability Access." Stephan
Castellanos, Executive Director, California
Commission on Disability Access,
The presentation will cover the role of the California
Commission on Disability Access. What were the issues that created
the Commission, what has it done and where is it headed.
10:35 AM "The Evolution of Elevators and the
Technology of the Future". Joseph J. Armas,
Modernization Product Manager, North
America, Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Brandon Castillo, Product Manager, KONE, Allen, Texas.
Mariah Martino, Otis, Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Ed Persico, District Manager, Northern California District, Thyssen
Krupp Elevator Corporation, San Leandro, California.
Nicole Saloio, Manager - Manager Sales Schlindler Elevator
Corporation, Morristown, New Jersey.
What are destination dispatch elevators?
Destination Dispatch is an advanced dispatching
system that directs passengers to the elevator
that will get them to their destination in the
shortest travel time. By grouping people
together based on the floor they are traveling
to, the number of stops is reduced, thereby
improving the efficiency of the building's
elevator traffic. The panelists will give a presentation
updating attendees to new developments that have occurred in the last
five years in the use of destination dispatch elevator technology.
The elevator industry's panelists are investigating how systems that use
touch screen technology can be made accessible to blind and visually
impaired persons and are seeking your input.
1:30 PM First CCB General Session. Tahoe/Shasta.
Donna Pomerantz, CCB President presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance.
1:40 PM Welcome to Sacramento, John Franklin, Jr.
Chief, Disability Compliance Program,
Compliance Office, Sacramento County.
1:50 PM "Pursuing Employment, Independence,
and Equality for all Californians with
Disabilities" Anthony Sauer, Director,
California Department of Rehabilitation,
Sacramento, California, Joe Xavier, Deputy
Director, Specialized Services Division,
California Department of Rehabilitation,
Sacramento, California, Elena Gomez,
Assistant Deputy Director Specialized
Services Division, California Department of
Rehabilitation, Sacramento, California.
2:35 PM RESOURCES FOR THE VISUALLY
IMPAIRED from the California Department of
Education Linda Wyatt, Special Education
Consultant, Policy and Program Services
Unit, Special Education Division, California
Department of Education, Sacramento. Jonn
Paris-Salb, Education Administrator I,
Clearinghouse for Specialized Media &
Translations, Sacramento, California.
Learn about these valuable resources in this presentation: Tools
such as IPADs and other
pieces of assistive technology needed for educational purposes
may be provided for using Low Incidence funding. Public schools may
receive books in braille, large print, audio, or a variety of file
formats. Agencies and districts providing education for students
that are legally blind may receive tools and materials valued at
over $300 per student if registered.
3:20 PM "Social Security Act Provisions that pertain
to persons who are blind or visually
impaired" Tatyana Kalachik, Technical
Expert SSA Sacramento, California. Janet
Manukyan, SSA Technical Expert,
The presentation will cover disability requirements, work rules,
IRWEs and BWEs, earnings limits, Medicare entitlement.
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 2012 Conference
7:15 PM Credentials Committee Report, Pamela
Polagi, Credentials Committee, Temple City, California.
7:40 PM "Gift of Life." Deanna Santana, Sr. Public
Education Coordinator, Sierra Donor
Services, Sacramento. Sandy Nelson,
Donate Life Ambassador and kidney
recipient, Treasurer, Solano County Council
of the Blind, Vacaville. Sam Ramos, Director
of Ocular Services for Sierra Donor
Part 1: Organ and Tissue Donation. Who can donate, what is the
process and who is affected by it. We will share facts and statistics
and share the personal journey possible through transplantation.
Part 2: Corneal blindness is a highly treatable
condition made possible by the generosity of
donors and the advances in cornea
transplantation technology. The indications for
transplant range from patients affected by infectious processes
to traumatic injuries of the eye. Full thickness cornea transplants have
been successfully performed for over 70 years in the US, but advances in
transplant technology allow ophthalmologists to focus specifically
on the affected layers of the cornea to cure blindness. New research in
the field shows promising new treatment options for
reversing some forms of corneal blindness with minimal surgical
8:10 PM CCB Legislative Report, Jeff Thom, Chair,
Governmental Affairs Committee,
8:40 PM American Council of the Blind Report,
Mitch Pomerantz, President, American
Council of the Blind, Pasadena, California.
9:10 PM President's Report, Donna Pomerantz,
President, California Council of the Blind,
Saturday, April 13, 2013
1:30 PM Third CCB General Session. Tahoe/Shasta.
Roger Petersen, CCB Second Vice President
Presentation of the colors.
1:45 PM "Accessible Home Ownership for People
with Disabilities and their Families" Stephen
Beard, Realtor & Accessibility Specialist,
Better Homes & Gardens Mason-McDuffie
Real Estate, Berkeley.
Disability is NOT a barrier to finding and owning your own
home! Attend this presentation to learn all about buying a home when
dealing with disability, including sections on how to find
accessible property, how to find the appropriate Realtor, how to buy
a home with a very small down payment and limited income, and how to
buy a home while on Section 8 housing assistance.
2:15 PM 2013 Mutt Strut Report.
2:35 PM Constitution and By-laws, and Conference and
Convention Program proposed changes
for annual Conference and Convention.
4:00 PM Adjournment.
7:00 PM The CCB Banquet. Tahoe/Shasta. Banquet
Emcee, Frank Welte, President, San
Don't forget the winning tickets for CCB Sweepstakes will be
drawn at the Banquet, along with other raffles and prizes. In
CCB awards will be presented. There will also be special
entertainment that will be sure to keep
you in good humor.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
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.
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