[Nfbc-info] Correction CABS Membership Meeting

Bruce Sexton bjsexton at comcast.net
Sat Nov 15 04:01:56 UTC 2008

Note Correction:  The date of our November CABS membership meeting will be 
Sunday November 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm.

Hello CABS Members:

You are cordially invited to attend our membership meeting which will be 
held Sunday November 30, 2008 promptly at 5:00 pm PST.  This membership 
will be the last Sunday of every month at 5:00 pm with the same number.  . 
We will be introducing
members to our new board members, discussing member goals and objectives for 
the upcoming year and begin to assign tasks.  Sound boring?  Not really, 
this is your chance to get in on the action of blind students statewide.  If 
you are interested in legislation concerning blind students, issues of 
at your school or systemic flaws or maybe you want facebook or MySpace more 
accessible, , then you won't want to miss our meeting.  If there is 
you are interested in creating or formulating that is relevant in the life 
of a blind or visually impaired student's life, this is your opportunity to
bring it up!  Please make an effort to come 5 minutes early so that we can 
start and end on time.

Please take a few moments to read the resolution pasted below passed at this 
year's convention :"Regarding the accessibility of social networking 
for blind users."  Come ready to discuss the matters herein described and 
any of your own.

The number to call is: 616-347-8400. After you call, the recording will 
prompt you to enter the pass code, which is 184220

Remember, if you are not there, people will be making decisions on the 
direction of the lives of blind students without you!  We want you to direct 
life and make being a blind student easier, both  for yourself and for 
students to come.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!


Bruce Sexton Jr., Committee Chairperson


First Vice President,

California Association of Blind Students

Board Member

National Association of Blind Students

Regarding the accessibility of social networking websites for blind users

WHEREAS, the National Federation of the Blind of California is a State 
affiliate of the nations Largest organization of blind persons which has a 
of more than 50,000 blind individuals; and

 WHEREAS, social networking sites are no longer just a means to keep in 
touch with friends but are also Used for advertisements, companies 
connecting with
people and employers, and even political participation; and

WHEREAS, through the use of social networking websites  the National 
Federation of the Blind of California communicates with and informs it's 
builds a stronger membership base, educates the general public and advocates 
for the blind across the nation and around the world; and

WHEREAS, through the use of social networks professional blind workers can 
mentor Students and assist in reducing the 75% unemployment rate that exists
in the working aged blind population; and

WHEREAS, through the use of social networking sights the National Federation 
of the blind of California can promote it's core philosophy of self 
and self respect for all blind individuals; and

WHEREAS, with increasing opportunities and technological advances greater 
numbers of blind people than ever before utilize the internet; and

WHEREAS, blind citizens like the rest of the  population use social 
networking sites on a regular basis to participate as equals in the 
constantly growing
electronic society; and

WHEREAS, new enhancements to social networking sites  such as Capcha cause 
accessibility problems for blind and visually impaired users who must  rely 
voice screen reading software; and

WHEREAS, these website enhancements can result in inadvertent exclusion of 
blind persons from participation in faceBook MySpace and other internet 
Networking   communities; and

WHEREAS, Excluding blind people from this increasingly important segment of 
society is a disservice to the blind community and also impedes  the ability
of others who use these sites  to connect with this large  community: Now, 

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of California in 
convention assembled on this 16th day of October, 2008, in the city of 
Irvine, California,
that the National Federation of the Blind of California shall distribute 
this resolution to all social networking sites and attempt to create a 
dialog between them and blind users; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Federation of the Blind of 
California shall establish a technology committee to maintain the ongoing 
dialogue with
FaceBook and MySpace as well as other social networking sites if needed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the technology committee shall document and 
define screen reading user problems encountered when using social networking 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this committee shall propose solutions to 
FaceBook, MySpace, and other social networking sites; and

Be it further resolved that the technology committee shall keep the 
membership apprised of all developments regarding social networking sites 
and efforts
being made to keep them accessible to all blind users.

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