Utah Council Of the Blind -Events Calendar

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"Utah's leading nonprofit membership organization for people who are blind or visually impaired"

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Taxi Coupon Program
Driver/Guide Program
Assistive Technology Grants
Personal Braille Program
Reader Program
Ceramics Class
Teacher/Trainer Teams
Presentation Committee
Braille Instruction
UCB Videos
Apps for the Blind
The DSBVI building in Salt Lake City

August

Scholarship Applications Now Available

The UCB is once again offering scholarships for outstanding students attending Utah institutions of higher education. This may also include trade schools, master's programs, and doctoral programs. If you wish to apply for a scholarship to be awarded in September, leave your name and contact information on the Utah Connection, and an application will be sent to you.

For those applying, an official transcript from previous schools is required, as is one or more letters of recommendation. Scholarship amounts vary. All scholarship applications must be submitted by August 20, 2018.

Awards nominations are being sought in three categories:

Our Awards Committee members this year are Cordie Weed, Sandy Ruconich, and Tina Terry. Please submit your nominations no later than August 31st by emailing them to ucb.board@gmail.com, making contact with a member of the committee, or calling the Utah Connection and leaving your name and phone number so that a member of the committee can call you back.

UCB Office Open on Wednesdays

We are open on Wednesdays at the DSBVI in Salt Lake City. If you need to check to be certain someone is there before you make your travel plans, please call 801-520-3766 and speak with Donni. She can sell you cab coupons, the UCB t-shirts and the braille measuring spoons and cups. There are also the famous small hammers with screw drivers packed in the handle. You can pay your membership at the office and make reservations for the activities. These purchases can also be made by calling Anna at 801-654-3772 to pay by credit card.

August Ceramics Class Schedule

This class is open to any blind or visually impaired person in the state of Utah and is currently being held on Wednesdays at the Utah State Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City, in room 301 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Classes are available 40 weeks of the year. The class will be taking a break in the month of November and December, at the discretion of the instructor.

The attendees of this program only pay the cost of the materials needed to complete the projects they choose to make and a $2 per month breakage fee. We have obtained Grants to pay for the cost of the instructor.

For Users of Dog Guides -Greatest Paws on Earth

August 16 via phone conference call

Greatest Paws on Earth is an independent group of people interested in guide dogs and issues concerning them. They meet each month on the 3rd Thursday via conference call to talk about a different topic in which dog guide users may be interested. Our next meeting will be on August 16. The call-in number is 800-835-8395, access code 1623768. For more information on the organization contact its president, Sandy England, at syeangel@comcast.net

We will have our call in August 16 at 7:00pm, (mountain Time).

Applications For UCB Scholarships Deadline

Scholarship applications must be submitted by August 20, 2018.

For those applying, an official transcript from previous schools is required, as is one or more letters of recommendation.

The meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, August 27, 2018

All members are encouraged to participate.

The meetings are at 3:45 p.m. at Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Suite B, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Board Meeting will be on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 3:45-6:00pm -DSBVI in the Executive Conference Room.

Ham Class Is a Happenin' Thing

You may remember that a couple of months ago there was an article in this newsletter about the ham radio class being offered this fall. Well, it's happening! The class will prepare participants to be amateur radio operators who can do things like warning officials of fire danger, sending messages in times of disaster, and talking with other ham operators all over the world.

Class members will learn what they need to know in order to take the test that, if passed, will give them their amateur radio operator license. The class will be taught by Richard Morris, a sighted instructor, with assistance from Linda Reeder, a blind ham operator.

Here are the details:

Hope to see you August 28!

Deadline for Awards Nominations

Awards nominations are being sought in three categories:

Our Awards Committee members this year are Cordie Weed, Sandy Ruconich, and Tina Terry. Please submit your nominations no later than August 31st by emailing them to ucb.board@gmail.com, making contact with a member of the committee, or calling the Utah Connection and leaving your name and phone number so that a member of the committee can call you back.



September

UCB Office Open on Wednesdays

We are open on Wednesdays at the DSBVI in Salt Lake City. If you need to check to be certain someone is there before you make your travel plans, please call 801-520-3766 and speak with Donni. She can sell you cab coupons, the UCB t-shirts and the braille measuring spoons and cups. There are also the famous small hammers with screw drivers packed in the handle. You can pay your membership at the office and make reservations for the activities. These purchases can also be made by calling Anna at 801-654-3772 to pay by credit card.

HAM Radio Operator Classes

Utah State Fair

Monday, September 10, 2018

You will be pleased to note that once again the UCB is sponsoring a day at the fair. This year there will be two days at the fair. On Monday, September 10, 2018, the group will meet at the northeast gate at 6:00 p.m. This gate is close to the middle of the fair wall along 1000 east. The old corner gate will not be available. Each person will pay $1 for admission. It is important that everyone arrive in a timely manner to enter right at 6 p.m. This is required because everyone has to be paid for with one check. Send your money to reserve your spot by mailing it to the UCB address. Make reservations on the Utah Connection. It is important that you realize that the UCB has a limited number of passes, so please make your reservation early. Each blind person is allowed a guide for an additional $1 charge. Since this night is aimed at family night, ride passes are buy one-get-one-free. If you miss the group entrance, you can take your family that night for the buy-one-get-free discount, but you will need to pay the regular entrance prices.

On Wednesday, September 12th, a limited number of people will be able to enter the fair and attend the circus. The UCB has a limited number of passes which can be acquired at the circus tent prior to noon. The northwest gate is the best place to enter for this. Once again, everyone must enter together. People will gather to enter at 9:00 a.m. Reservations must be made in order to receive the circus pass. Listen to the Utah Connection for any updates. Everyone needs to bring their own guide and all go in together. The kiddy rides will be free for kids, and there will be some refreshments. Be warned, these reservations go quickly. Most of this occurs by the circus tent. This is a great affordable outing. Hope to see you there.

UCB Annual Business Meeting

Saturday, September 15, 2018.

The Annual Business Meeting of the Utah Council of the Blind will be held at the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City, UT at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Reservations are required so that we can have enough food for everyone. Please call the Utah Connection or email ucb.board@gmail.com with your name, the names of others in your party, and your telephone number no later than Monday, September 10th. When you make your reservation, please indicate whether or not each person in your party is a member of the UCB, whether you use large print or braille, any dietary restrictions you or a member of your party may have, and if you will need a listening device or any other accommodation.

Membership Verification: In order to vote at the annual business meeting a member's dues for 2018 must be paid no later than September 8, 2018. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact our Membership Chair, Aunilie Hathaway at (801) 244-5505 or via e-mail at ucb.board@gmail.com.

For Users of Dog Guides -Greatest Paws on Earth

September 20 via phone conference call

Greatest Paws on Earth is an independent group of people interested in guide dogs and issues concerning them. They meet each month on the 3rd Thursday via conference call to talk about a different topic in which dog guide users may be interested. Our next meeting will be on September 20. The call-in number is 800-835-8395, access code 1623768. For more information on the organization contact its president, Sandy England, at syeangel@comcast.net

We will have our call in September 20 at 7:00pm, (mountain Time).

Deaf/Blind Conference

Friday, September 21, 2018 at DSBVI

Deafblind Awareness day: Experience Our World will be held on September 21, 2018 at DSBVI.

1. We have hired Willie B's Cafe' to barbeque and cater hamburgers and hotdogs loaded with the dressings. (What a great way to give back to our blind community) Pepsi Cola is donating pepsi products and bottled water and Rocky Mountain Pie Company will be donating their delicious pies! Cookies/chips will also be included!

2. There will be awesome speakers representing our deafblind community, and Mrs. Jeanette Herbert will be sending her encouraging message for us all! Our main discussion will be 'transition / transitioning'. What can our speakers suggest to many deafblind children's parents, agencies' staff and deafblind individuals to make our progressive transitions be on a right path.

3. During our breakout session there will be some exhibitors demonstrating how deafblind individuals are navigating with their guide dog with or a white cane. There will be a technology demonstration of hearing barriers and a visual goggle stimulation. Cordie Weed will be demonstrating tactile ability to knit / crochet / quilting. Technology assistance will be offer as well.

4. We have received attendance commitment from USDB, DSBVI staff/students, Sanderson staff/students, DWS/USOR staff, Moran, UTA, Disability Law Center, Rocky Mountain ADA Center, and many more!!!

5. We have tested DSBVI listening devices and they are in a great working order for us to use!

6. 2018 Resource Manual is available in print or electronic

7. Great door prize drawings. Don't miss this!

8. Recognition Awards. Definitely do not miss this!

9. Great news... This year we will be waiving all SSPs registration fee IF they are working with their client at our event. The registration fee will be $10. This will cover the costs of luncheon, waived registration fees and materials.

Lastly, this event is a 'one stop shop' to help many deafblind children's parents, agencies' staff including deafblind individuals to meet / network / collaborate for all to reach their goals! Any question contact Ramona Rice at 801-430-8833 or rricetx@gmail.com

The meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, September 24, 2018

All members are encouraged to participate.

The meetings are at 3:45 p.m. at Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Suite B, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Board Meeting will be on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 3:45-6:00pm -DSBVI in the Executive Conference Room.



October

UCB Office Open on Wednesdays

We are open on Wednesdays at the DSBVI in Salt Lake City. If you need to check to be certain someone is there before you make your travel plans, please call 801-520-3766 and speak with Donni. She can sell you cab coupons, the UCB t-shirts and the braille measuring spoons and cups. There are also the famous small hammers with screw drivers packed in the handle. You can pay your membership at the office and make reservations for the activities. These purchases can also be made by calling Anna at 801-654-3772 to pay by credit card.

HAM Radio Operator Class

Tuesday, October 2, 5-6:30 p.m.: ham radio technician class

For Users of Dog Guides -Greatest Paws on Earth

October 18 via phone conference call

Greatest Paws on Earth is an independent group of people interested in guide dogs and issues concerning them. They meet each month on the 3rd Thursday via conference call to talk about a different topic in which dog guide users may be interested. Our next meeting will be on October 18. The call-in number is 800-835-8395, access code 1623768. For more information on the organization contact its president, Sandy England, at syeangel@comcast.net

We will have our call in October 18 at 7:00pm, (mountain Time).

The meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, October 22, 2018

All members are encouraged to participate.

The meetings are at 3:45 p.m. at Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Suite B, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Board Meeting will be on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 3:45-6:00pm -DSBVI in the Executive Conference Room.



November

UCB Office Open on Wednesdays

We are open on Wednesdays at the DSBVI in Salt Lake City. If you need to check to be certain someone is there before you make your travel plans, please call 801-520-3766 and speak with Donni. She can sell you cab coupons, the UCB t-shirts and the braille measuring spoons and cups. There are also the famous small hammers with screw drivers packed in the handle. You can pay your membership at the office and make reservations for the activities. These purchases can also be made by calling Anna at 801-654-3772 to pay by credit card.

The meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, November 26, 2018

All members are encouraged to participate.

The meetings are at 3:45 p.m. at Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Suite B, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Board Meeting will be on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:45-6:00pm -DSBVI in the Executive Conference Room.



December

UCB Office Open on Wednesdays

We are open on Wednesdays at the DSBVI in Salt Lake City. If you need to check to be certain someone is there before you make your travel plans, please call 801-520-3766 and speak with Donni. She can sell you cab coupons, the UCB t-shirts and the braille measuring spoons and cups. There are also the famous small hammers with screw drivers packed in the handle. You can pay your membership at the office and make reservations for the activities. These purchases can also be made by calling Anna at 801-654-3772 to pay by credit card.

The meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, December 24, 2018

All members are encouraged to participate.

The meetings are at 3:45 p.m. at Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N 1950 W, Suite B, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Board Meeting will be on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 3:45-6:00pm -DSBVI in the Executive Conference Room.






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