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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.


2/21 Thursday 2:00 p.m.

The GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BLINDNESS & VISUAL IMPAIRMENT holds an open public meeting of the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 at 1789 West Jefferson Street in Phoenix. Members of the public are always welcome to attend meetings by phone or in person. The agenda is at the above link or contact Lindsey Powers at or 602-542-3780 for more details.

2/21 Thursday 4:30 p.m.

Arizona COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND THE HARD OF HEARING (and deaf-blind) holds a free open public quarterly commissioner meeting at 100 North 15th Avenue in Phoenix. For details write to or call 800-352-8161 Voice/TTY.

2/28 Thursday DEADLINE

Deadline for submissions for the November/December 2019 SPECIAL ISSUE ON EMPLOYMENT AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness that focus on a variety of topics related to employment and visual impairment, including barriers to employment, employment outcomes, job retention, use of assistive technology, and skills and training. Also welcome are professional articles about staff development and public education programs that relate to the employment of individuals with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.

2/28 Thursday 12:00 noon DEADLINE

Deadline for applications for the Lighthouse of San Francisco’s $25,000 HOLMAN PRIZE. It provides financial backing for three blind individuals pursuing a project of their own design over the course of a year. These proposals may involve travel, community organizing, athletics, creating art and more. Applicants must submit a first-round 90-second YouTube video pitch. Go to for more information.

MARCH 2019

3/02 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX CHAPTER meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Coco’s, 2026 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Call 815-501-1153 for more information.

3/04 Monday 6:30 p.m.

The Tempe COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meetings are usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. For details contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

3/06 Wednesday 4:00 p.m.

The WRITING IN THE DARK group meets every first Wednesday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix at 2:30 p.m. 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 for more information.

3/07 Thursday 4:00 p.m.

ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND (ASDB) BOARD MEETING is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Sports Performing Arts Center at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf in Phoenix. For more information contact Leticia Cruz at 520-770-3700.

3/10 Sunday 2:00 a.m.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins for most of the rest of the country and the Navajo Nation. It ends November 3.

3/11 Monday through 3/15 Friday

The THIRTY FOURTH ANNUAL CSUN CONFERENCE will be presented by CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE in Anaheim, California. Disneyland! Contact CSUN Center on Disabilities at or 818-677-2578.

3/12 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.

3/13 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise VETERANS, DISABILITY AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be on line at Surprise TV. For more details call 623-222-3154 or write to Michelle Boyer at

3/16 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.

3/20 Wednesday 12:00 noon

Northern Arizona University’s COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN holds meetings at the University Union every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:30. Call Skype number 928-523-0078 using meeting code 5667562. Contact them at 928-523-8686 or

3/20 Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London's award-winning smash comedy, is at the ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe Arizona. This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything, including their lines. Audio Description is available at this one performance only. Use the link above or call the box office at 480-965-3434.

3/23 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets by teleconference from 1:30 to 3:30 at 605-475-6777 using meeting code of 9378. Contact them at 602-758-0057 or 720-299-8039.

3/26 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 12:00 noon in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at or 928-213-2095.

3/28 Thursday and 3/29 Friday

The JACOBUS TENBROEK DISABILITY LAW SYMPOSIUM will be held at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore will focus on how public attitudes about disability induce negative stereotypes and also will explore strategies for combatting the stigma attributed to persons with disabilities by exploring how we frame the image of disability in advocacy.

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