[Nfbc-info] January 2010 bulletin

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 1 08:33:00 UTC 2010

Mary Willows, President

39481 Gallaudet Drive Apt. 127

Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 248-0100

mwillows at sbcglobal.net

January 1, 2010

To be read at all chapter meetings:

I begin this monthly bulletin with an Irish New Year’s message.  “

“An Irish Toast”.  “In the new year, may your right hand always be stretched 
out in friendship, never in want.”

We begin this year with great hopes and anticipation of a productive 2010. 
Join us and let’s make it happen.

Washington Seminar 2010:

Our representatives from California have been chosen and notified.  We will 
have a team of 16 Federationists attending meetings with our representatives 
to educate them about concerns about issues facing the blind for this 
upcoming year.

We will be sending two College Leadership participants and two national 
scholarship winners and two parents.  Everyone will begin arriving in 
Washington D.C. onFriday, January 29, 2010.  There will be a student seminar 
on Saturday and a parents seminar on Sunday.  All those who can stay will 
meet on Monday for the great gathering in meeting and walk the halls of 
Congress and the Senate for the next three days.  Californians have their 
work cut out for them with 52 representatives to see.  What an exciting, 
thrilling experience it will be.  I can’t wait to read the reports.

Call to action:

The Disability Rights Advocates are representing the NFB in a lawsuit 
against the          Law School Admissions Council to remedy access barriers 
on its website.  Currently,
the website contains many barriers including the on-line law school
admissions forms.  If you have tried to use the website or intend to
apply to law schools in the near future,  we would like to talk with
you.   Please call or email at  larryp at dralegal.org   510-665-8644.

Transportation lawsuit settlement in Los Angeles.  Blind LAMTA  (Metro) 
users may benefit.  If you live in LA or use the Metro system you can go to 
our website and fill in the claim form, print it out, sign it and send it in 
for a free one year pass.

The web address is:  http://nfbcal.org/nfbc/lamtanotice  or 

Rehab survey:

We are extending the deadline for filling in the client survey about the 
qquality of services being received by clients.  If you have been a client 
in the last 5 years or know someone who was, please go to our  nfbcal.org 
website and fill in the client survey.  We want your imput.

So I hope that all of you have a wonderful and productive year.  Our Board 
of Directors will be meeting in

April, the national convention is in July in Dallas and our 2010 state 
convention will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Irvine in October.  So 
keep watching the website for updates.

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
mwillows at sbcglobal.net 
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