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WEBINAR, BROADCAST, BOOK CLUB and TELECONFERENCE CALENDAR

Every entry here has a significant visual impairment component. These are live meetings where one's actual physical presence is not expected, such as webinars, teleconferenced club meetings, radio programs, and book club discussions. All times are converted to Mountain Standard Time unless clearly indicated otherwise. 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.



10/22 Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Accessible World’s MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP covers VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box, BARD DB87852 or Bookshare 1595270. When former rodeo star Dallas Cates is released from prison, he returns to town with three associates. He has a plan to get back at game warden Joe Pickett and his family for the role they played in the Cates family downfall. Enter the Book Nook Room at http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs7867a2369e0e.

10/22 Sunday 6:00 p.m.

ACB Families hosts a monthly PEER SUPPORT NETWORK CALL where you can come to discuss anything about being a blind, visually impaired or sighted parent, grandparent or guardian raising a blind, visually impaired or sighted child. This is a chance to ask questions, to raise concerns, and to tell your own story to others in a safe and supportive environment. Calls will begin with a guided discussion on a specific topic but each call will include an open forum where any participant can bring up any issue of concern in order to get advice and support from other participants. Feel free to share this information with anyone whom you believe might benefit from these calls. Dial 712-432-3900 and enter code 796096. Contact families.acb@gmail.com for more information.

10/24 Tuesday 6:00 p.m.

Accessible World’s FANTASY BOOK CLUB meets by teleconference call at 712-832-8330 using meeting code of 342 2731. They will continue the format of having everybody read a book and discuss their book choice. Contact Julia Kulak for more information at julia.kulak@gmail.com.

10/25 Wednesday 8:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT)

Webinar from CALL SCOTLAND at the University of Edinburgh is titled ELECTRONIC AIDS FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED STUDENTS. HumanWare’s Scottish Regional Sales Manager will be looking at the Prodigi Connect 12 ($3,500) and why it’s so popular with students in all stages of education. It is a lightweight and portable tablet-based product which provides magnification and speech for both hard copy and electronic text. There’s also a distance camera for viewing interactive whiteboards or plasma screens. Contact info@callscotland.org.uk.

10/25 Wednesday 12:00 noon

National Center on Deaf-Blindness webinar is an UPDATE OF THE DEAF-BLIND CHILD COUNT. This one-hour webinar will provide highlights from the 2016 Deaf-Blind Child Count as well as provide information on the 2017 child count, including a tour of the child count site on their website. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about both the 2016 and 2017 child counts and provide ideas and input on useful data summaries that could be developed to support future work of the network.

10/25 Wednesday 12:00 noon

A 2 hour Explore VR Webinar, from LINCS Literacy Information and Communication System, is titled ENGAGING BUSINESSES FROM A BLINDNESS PERSPECTIVE, an analysis of New Jersey’s Development of a Business Relations Unit. Over the past 2 years the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has developed a Business Relations Unit dedicated to engaging and serving business as a primary customer, coordinating and providing trainings and technical assistance, organizing targeted hiring events, and facilitating a talent pipeline. This webinar will discuss the goals of the project and lessons learned. Explore VR offers vocational rehabilitation agencies easy and convenient access to a range of VR research, related data, and tools for planning, evaluation, and decision-making.

NOVEMBER AND LATER


11/05 Sunday 2:00 a.m.

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11/09 Thursday 6:00 p.m..

Telephone conference, presentation, and discussion by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE USE OF BRAILLE on issues surrounding Braille in the United
States. Curtis Chong, the retired president of the NFB in Computer Science, will share his experiences with the ORBIT READER 20, a $450 twenty-cell, eight-dot refreshable Braille display. Dial 605-472-5772 and use meeting code 154426#. In the October issue of the Braille Monitor, Curtis has an article describing the Orbit Reader 20. If you are not sure what the Orbit Reader 20 is, you may wish to read his article in the October Braille Monitor before the call.

11/13 Monday 1:00 p.m.

Webinar from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is titled FUN ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHING KIDS TO USE MONOCULAR TELESCOPES ON A LOW BUDGET and it runs for one hour. This webinar will propose the idea that monocular training can incorporate games and activities that are highly motivating to students with low vision in the elementary and early middle school grades. ACVREP credit may be available. Contact Brian Sobeck at sobeckb@tsbvi.edu.

11/16 Thursday 12:00 noon

Webinar from the ADA National Network is titled PDF ACCESSIBILITY: REGULATIONS, RISKS, AND STRATEGIES. Because PDF content is one of the most widely used digital formats to communicate information both online and via email, it is important to make sure that those PDF documents are truly accessible to everyone, but many questions abound regarding PDF accessibility, testing, and compliance. Where does one start to understand document accessibility? How do we address it? This session will give you an understanding of PDF accessibility regulations, the risks with non-compliance and the benefits of making your PDFs accessible. Continuing Education Recognition is available.

11/26 Sunday 7:00 p.m.

ACB Families hosts a monthly PEER SUPPORT NETWORK CALL where you can come to discuss anything about being a blind, visually impaired or sighted parent, grandparent or guardian raising a blind, visually impaired or sighted child. This is a chance to ask questions, to raise concerns, and to tell your own story to others in a safe and supportive environment. Calls will begin with a guided discussion on a specific topic such as managing transportation, administering medicine, dealing with homework, or the challenges of the Exceptional Student Education process but each call will include an open forum where any participant can bring up any issue of concern in order to get advice and support from other participants. Feel free to share this information with anyone whom you believe might benefit from these calls. Dial 712-432-3900 and enter code 796096. Contact families.acb@gmail.com for more information.