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CALENDAR - PIMA, COCHISE, and SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES

Upcoming visual impairment related events in Pima County. This calendar is a relatively short term reminder list of events with a blindness or other visual impairment component. We supplu links and phone numbers for you to get up-to-date information in more detail. Select 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


6/24 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.

6/25 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 10:00 a.m.

The SIERRA VISTA LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street. Everyone is welcome. Call Bill Hall at 520-458-6441.

6/27 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND meets from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church on Broadway. Lindsey McHugh will play the piano, sing, and talk about BECOMING A BLIND MUSIC TEACHER AND TEACHING MUSIC TO BLIND STUDENTS. For more information call Erma at 326-3757 or Barbara at 298-2427, or write them a note on their site.

6/29 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 East Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

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 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 1:00 p.m.

NFB TUCSON chapter is off this month. The next meeting is 8/06. Contact Amy Porterfield at aporterfield@saavi.us or 520-396-8707.

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.

7/04 Tuesday

INDEPENDENCE DAY.

7/04 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.  ?

The SIERRA VISTA LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street. Everyone is welcome. Call Bill Hall at 520-458-6441.

7/04 Tuesday

The TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND is off for the holiday and the next meeting is 7/11. For more information call Erma at 326-3757 or Barbara at 298-2427, or write them a note on their site.

7/06 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 East Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

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 10:00 a.m.

The SIERRA VISTA LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street. Everyone is welcome. Call Bill Hall at 520-458-6441.

7/11 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND meets from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church on Broadway. Cecil the reptile guy will talk about reptiles and will bring Rosie the Gila Monster, desert tortoises, and snakes. There will be much to touch if you want. Sign up with Barb for potluck. For more information call Erma at 326-3757 or Barbara at 298-2427, or write them a note on their site.

7/12 Wednesday 3:30 p.m.

The Sierra Vista COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES meets the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center. Contact Trina Smolen at 520-417-2629.

7/13 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 East Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

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.

7/15 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 11:00 a.m.

THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND meets by teleconference call on the third Saturday of every odd month from 11:00 a.m. to about 1:00. Call 218-548-3992 and use meeting code 6320547 to join in. Every even month there is a physical meeting that can also be attended by phone.

7/15 Saturday 6:00 p.m.

SAZCB’s quarterly card night for users of Brailed cards (and others too!) is at the Huntington Park Apartments clubhouse, 8550 East Speedway Boulevard in Tucson. Sighted players are allowed to play without blindfolds. Bring minor foods and/or drinks to share. Contact Mitzi at 520-722-4160 for details.

7/18 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Christ Presbyterian Church on Broadway. Janne Irvine will perform on the piano and talk about classical composers. Sign up with Barb for potluck. For more information call Erma at 326-3757 or Barbara at 298-2427, or write them a note on their site.

7/18 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The SIERRA VISTA LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street. Everyone is welcome. Call Bill Hall at 520-458-6441.

7/19 Wednesday through 7/22 Saturday

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

7/19 Wednesday 1:00 p.m.

TUCSON COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES (CODI) is scheduled to meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Ward 6 Office on First Street. Call first to the City Clerk's Office at 520-791-4213.

7/20 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 East Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

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.

7/25 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The SIERRA VISTA LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street. Everyone is welcome. Call Bill Hall at 520-458-6441.

7/25 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

The TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND meets from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church on Broadway. Bob Kresmer will give a talk on the National Federation of the Blind. For more information call Erma at 326-3757 or Barbara at 298-2427, or write them a note on their site.

7/27 Thursday to 7/30 Sunday

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

7/27 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 East Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

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