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REMINDER CALENDAR - MARICOPA, YUMA, PINAL COUNTIES AND NORTHWARD

Upcoming visual impairment related events in Maricopa County. This calendar is a relatively short term reminder list of events with a blindness or other visual impairment component. Click here for the longer term Arizona Statewide edition. All times are Mountain Standard Time. JAWS users can navigate by headings or paragraphs. Press the letter H to move through the headings, or Shift H to step backwards through the headings.


THIS MONTH


6/23 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. It’s described movie night. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

6/24 Saturday

ASPEN DENTAL’S FOURTH ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE provides free dental care to veterans across the United States, including Arizona, as part of its Healthy Mouth Movement. Check the link and then call them at 844-277-3646 to schedule an appointment at a participating office near you. Many veterans don’t have access to affordable dental care because the VA only provides dental benefits to veterans who are classified as 100% disabled, have been a prisoner of war, or have a service-connected dental condition or disability. Patients will not be charged for any services, nor will they be asked to show any proof of income or need. Appointments are required and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

6/24 Saturday

WE THE PEOPLE is at the Phoenix Convention Center. It is a series of three summits designed to bring together individuals, grassroots organizations, and established nonprofits to collaborate in forming a message and support of progressive values to effect change in Arizona, and are designed to provide education and resources to each unique call to action through collaborative efforts and targeted workshops. The first of the series registration ends on June 22. Contact them at 602)550-1338 or info@pafcoalition.org.

6/24 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

6/25 Sunday 4:00 p.m.

The June teleconferenced meeting of the NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND WRITERS' DIVISION is open to everyone and they want to know what you want out of the division and how they can make it happen. The number to call into is 712-432-0460 with meeting code of 568839 pound. For more details contact Eve Sanchez at thirdeyeonlyinaz@gmail.com.

6/26 through 7/02

HELEN KELLER DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS WEEK by presidential proclamation since 1984.

6/27 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the fourth in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

6/28 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES has an open public meeting at 4:15 PM in the Phoenix Fire Department at 150 South 12th Street Check the above link for the agenda and for more information contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

6/30 Friday to 7/04 Tuesday

The Lions Clubs ONE HUNDREDTH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION is in Chicago.

6/30 Friday through 7/07 Friday

The 2017 CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION of the American Council of the Blind will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks (near Reno) Nevada. Registration is now open. Details at either above link.

6/30 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. It is Open Gym: come climb the rock wall, play basketball, or play board games. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

6/30 Friday DEADLINE

A nationwide study titled CONFLICT AND SPECIAL EDUCATION: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EXPERIENCES OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SENSORY DISABILITIES runs until 6/30. Are you a parent of a child with sensory loss (including vision loss, blindness, or deaf-blindness) who has struggled with educational teams about your child’s IEP planning and programming? If so, we would like the opportunity to talk to you about your experiences and learn how we can improve parent-educator interactions. Get a better explanation at the above link. The 30 minute confidential interview comes with a drawing for some gift cards. For more information contact Silvia Correa-Torres at silvia.correa-torres@unco.edu or 970-351-1660.

JULY


7/01 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

FOUNDATION FOR BLIND CHILDREN’S SHARP PROGRAM has SUPER SATURDAY from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their main location. There are activities like technology, art, cooking, games and fitness. There is no cost. The sign up deadline is 6/24.

7/01 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired in Phoenix. Call 602-281-5955 for more information.

7/01 Saturday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS broadcasts the descriptive audio of a classic movie on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 p.m. For more information contact Sun Sounds at Info@sunsounds.org, or call the Tempe office at 480-774-8300, Tucson at 520-296-2400, Flag at 928-779-1775, or Yuma at 928-329-6681.

7/03 Monday 4:00 p.m.

The WRITING IN THE DARK group meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix from 4:00 p.m. until about 6:00. The group’s focus is all who are blind or otherwise visually impaired and who want to write for publication. Contact Robert Sollars at 480-251-5197 or rdsollars@aol.com for more information.

7/03 Monday 6:30 p.m.

TEMPE MAYOR’S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. Teleconference attendance may be available. Contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

7/04 Tuesday

INDEPENDENCE DAY.

7/05 Wednesday to 7/07 Friday 10:00 a.m.

Ability 360 Summer Camp specializes in all-inclusive adaptive sports for all youth ages 6 to 14 in the Phoenix area. They include recreational games, inclusive sports, indoor climbing, and aquatic activities. Lunch will be provided each day. Cost is $15 per day. Contact Nick Pryor at NickP@ability360.org or Maggie Sorensen at MaggieS@ability360.org.

7/07 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

7/08 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The July BOARD MEETING of the Arizona Council of the Blind is scheduled for the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00. Please call 218-936-8581 and use meeting code 6320547 to join the board meeting.

7/09 Sunday through 7/14 Friday

Lions Camp Tatiyee blind school-age week for campers 7 to 21 years old. Space may be still open. Go to the above link for more information or contact Pam Swanson at 480-380-4254 or director@arizonalionscamp.org.

7/10 Monday through 7/15 Saturday

National Federation of the Blind 2017 NATIONAL CONVENTION is at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. For more information read the First Timer's Guide to the National Convention or call the National Federation of the Blind at 410-659-9314.

7/10 Monday through 7/15 Saturday

The 2017 Conference of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando Florida along with the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Convention. Visit nopbc.org for more details.

7/11 Tuesday 7:00 a.m.

The Chandler MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES holds meetings USUALLY on the second Tuesday of every month at Chandler Community Center on Commonwealth Avenue; sometimes at Yoli’s Cafe, 241 South Oregon Street, so call first! Call 480-782-2702 for more information.

7/12 Wednesday 1:25 p.m.

The MARICOPA COUNTY CLUB OF THE BLIND meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired located at 3100 East Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. On the agenda is a discussion on the Annual Meeting for February, and plans for support, social, advocacy, and speaker's events for the 2017 year. You do not have to be a member to attend this meeting. For more information write to maricopa@azcb.org.

7/12 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise’s DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMISSION meets usually on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. The Commission focuses on community-wide advocacy to address the needs of people with disabilities while increasing public awareness. Public attendance is encouraged. For more details call 623-222-3154 or write to Lorraine Nevarez at Lorraine.Nevarez@surpriseaz.gov.

7/13 Thursday 10:00 a.m.

The ARIZONA DISABILITY COALITION holds a business meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 5025 East Washington Street in Phoenix. You can also attend via teleconference by calling 602-443-9061. For more information call 602-262-2900 or write Larry Wanger at larry@azsilc.org.

7/13 Thursday 4:00 p.m.

ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND (ASDB) BOARD MEETING is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Berger Center at the ASDB Tucson campus. For more information contact Leticia Cruz at 520-770-3700.

7/14 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. It is Open Gym: come climb the rock wall, play basketball, or play board games. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

7/15 Saturday

The Usher Syndrome Coalition holds its 9th Annual USHER SYNDROME FAMILY CONFERENCE in Chicago. This one-day annual conference is a place for individuals with Usher syndrome, family members, friends and professionals to learn about the latest advances in Usher syndrome research. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Edwin Stone, director of the Wynn Institute of Vision Research, home of the William Kimberling Usher Research Laboratory. Contact Julia Dunning at j.dunning@usher-syndrome.org or 855-998-7437.

7/15 Saturday 12:30 p.m.

NFB EAST VALLEY chapter meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Pyle Center at 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00. Members usually gather for a bite to eat at a local restaurant afterwards. For more details contact Megan Homrighausen at 480-510-6196.

7/19 Wednesday through 7/22 Saturday

AER INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION & MOBILITY CONFERENCE 2017 is at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

7/21 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. Bring your swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

7/22 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

7/23 Sunday to 7/25 Tuesday

The ARIZONA TECHNOLOGY ACCESS PROGRAM (AZTAP) holds their 2017 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUMMER CONFERENCE at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch. Early bird registration discounts end 6/23. For more information contact Adi Schaeffer at adi.schaeffer@nau.edu or 602-728-9534.

7/23 Sunday to 7/30 Sunday

The 2017 National Beep Baseball Association’s 2017 Beep Baseball World Series in Wellington, Florida, near West Palm Beach. For more information contact Stephen Guerra at secretary@nbba.org or 866-400-4551.

7/24 Monday through 8/04 Friday

The NFB BRAILLE ENRICHMENT FOR LITERACY AND LEARNING (BELL) ACADEMY prepares blind and low vision children ages four through twelve to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want. The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program or residential setting. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adults who serve as mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future. This runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SAAVI in Phoenix. Transportation may be provided if needed. Contact Amy Porterfield at 520-795-1331 or aporterfield@saavi.us.

7/25 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the fourth in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

7/27 Thursday to 7/30 Sunday

The THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CHARGE SYNDROME CONFERENCE is at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

7/28 Friday 5:30 p.m.

SHARP’s Friday Family Fun Night at the FBC main campus on 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Drop off your kids and they will watch them for 2 hours for FREE. It’s described movie night. R S V P with Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

For entries beyond this month you can check the longer Arizona statweide calendar.