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September Bulletin

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Student Seminar in Riverside on September 18, 2010.

The “Call To Action” seminar will be held at the California Baptist University from 9:00 to 5:00 on September 18.  Speakers will motivate and inspire attendees to take control of their career decisions.  Successful blind professionals will address what you need to know about college services and how to find the people who will help you.

For more information call the President of the California Association of Blind Students, Angela Fowler at (530) 902-0987.  To register go to

Greetings all you funtastic Federationist! Just a quick reminder that CABS is still open fopr some great spirited fellows that want to share a song with others that can get a rally going. Again we are holding a contest for any and all Californians. CABS is looking for a jingle or rhyme that we can all sing loud and proud together at events. Email any interests to Jeri Siqueiros at There is that great prize of $25. We are hoping to have ths done by yep, you guessed it, our Annual State Convention.

Shasta Cascade Chapter lunch on September 25, 2010.

Join President Karen Steele for lunch and philosophy at the California Bible College in Redding on the 25th at noon.  People who are interested in learning more about the National Federation of the Blind of California will be on hand to answer questions and inform the public about the programs and services of the NFB.  For more information call Karen at (530) 474-3885.

Meet the Blind Month

It’s time to plan for the October “Meet the Blind Month Public Education Campaign” in your area. This year, Whozit hopes to meet one million people. You can help by contacting a local school and ask to make a presentation to raise awareness about the need for Braille. The second grade curriculum addresses diversity and disability awareness. This is the perfect grade level for introduction to Braille.

Here’s the fun part—participants will be asked to photograph folks meeting Whozit and receiving their alphabet cards.  They can then e-mail their pictures to the national office to be posted on the NFB Web site. Order packets by September 10, by contacting Karen Zakhnini at or call 410-659-9314 To coordinate local affiliate and chapter activities with the national office, or to order materials and have your local activities posted on the NFB Web site, go to, and then click on Meet the Blind Month.

Meet the Blind in the San Fernando Valley.

The NFBC San Fernando Valley chapter is hosting a Job Readiness Workshop on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Are you job ready? Would you like to be?

  • Learn about how the State Department of Rehabilitation can assist you in your job search and the services they provide to help you become employed;.
  • Learn from a Social Security representative about how your benefits may be affected by your employment and learn more about work incentives available such as the “Ticket to Work program.”
  • Hear advice from career counselors on how to  prepare yourself to become job ready.
  • Hear from blind and low-vision professionals who have worked about how they became employed and their strategies for remaining marketable and competitive.

This four-hour presentation is on October 16, 2010, from 10 am to 2 pm. It will be held at 7901 Lindley Ave., Reseda, CA 91335. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Racquel Decipeda (SFV chapter Secretary) at 818-457-1482. Or email at

Let’s see if we can schedule a Meet the Blind event for each chapter in California.

NFB of the Bay Area hosts October Fest with Whozit.

On October 16, Whozit will appear in person at the El Cirito Plaza.  The Bay Area Chapter will celebrate October Fest at a German restaurant with music and Braille awareness.  Join the fun and get your picture taken with Whozit for the NFB website.  For more information call President Shannon Dillon at (510) 524-6016.

Don’t Forget to Register for the NFB of California annual convention.

There is still time to go to the website and click on the Pre-register button to make sure you are at the annual state convention.  Our national representative will be Dr.  Fred Schroeder, noted rehabilitation and education expert.  This is a convention you will not want to miss.  There will be a game tournament on Thursday evening after the board meeting and a play on Friday evening made up of  all blind actors.  Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and many, many more.

While you are on the website read about the Washington Seminar.  Applications are still being accepted.

NFBC Scholarships.

At the banquet on Saturday evening, qualified students will be presented with scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic school year.  If you know any qualified college students, please contact me for more information.

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