Membership and Registration
UCB consists of many chapters throughout the state and is far and away the largest consumer organization of blind and visually impaired Utah residents. Its members are of different ages, interests, and ethnicities and represent a wide variety of occupations, political persuasions, and religious affiliations. In numbers, we join together to solve the problems and change the stereotypes that society imposes upon us. It is by working together that the great challenge of blindness can and will be overcome.
Since all members are an integral part of this organization, UCB connects us all together to create a support network; for when a blind or visually impaired person is discriminated against, all of us are affected. We also celebrate each member's individual achievements and the accomplishments of our chapters. Throughout the state UCB chapters and individual members have been involved with accessible voting machines, Para transit issues, installation of Accessible pedestrian signals, and many other developments that affect the daily lives of blind and visually impaired persons. When you become a member of UCB, you automatically have a sense of belonging to a group of people who truly understand and welcome you to a wonderful family of caring friends.
If you wish to inquire about other achievements of UCB, contact the main office. Specific information for reaching the office and for all the Web links are listed at the end. The Utah Newsletter, the organization's news service for up-to-date information, is readily available after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends and holidays. UCB offers connections to all aspects of blindness from student life and technological advances on the one hand to the concerns of parents and senior citizens on the other. Members stay informed on state and national developments in all areas of blindness with the "Utah Newsletter"; our monthly newsletter, The Blind Utah residents; and the monthly publication of ACB, The Braille Forum. Members also keep each other aware of daily issues through our online listserv, our students' listserv, and various lists from the American Council of the Blind. The UCB and ACB Websites offer many resources on blindness for our members and for the public. Again, refer to the detailed information at the end of this page.
Each member receives help when advocacy is needed and mentors who can give both advice and assistance in problem-solving. Monthly meetings and social activities lead to lasting friendships and lessen the feeling of isolation often experienced by those with vision loss. Semiannual conventions of UCB and the annual ACB conventions also provide valuable learning experiences as well as opportunities to meet vendors of blindness-related products and services.
Any resident of Utah who is 16 years old is eligible to become a voting member of UCB. The five classes of members are: Chapter Members; Members at Large (those not residing near a chapter); Life Members (people who pay Life Membership dues); and Sustaining Members (nonvoting groups or individuals who pay $25 annually to support the organization. Chapter Members, Members at Large and Life Members may vote, present motions, speak on the floor of the convention, serve on committees, and hold office. The majority of these members must be legally blind. As a member of UCB, you can participate in making the world a better place for blind and visually impaired people; advocate for change at the local, state, or national level; and serve on one of the committees which address issues from education, rehabilitation, and senior concerns to public relations and fund raising. Through advocacy efforts you can help make accessibility the norm. Total accessibility means being able to read any materials available to the public, walk in a safe environment, work in any setting we choose, and participate in any activities that other people do. You can strengthen our advocacy and service efforts by inviting your friends and colleagues to join us. The areas open to you are many and varied. UCB committees include advocacy, Awards, Access and Transportation, Constitution and Bylaws, Convention, Credentials, Crisis, Devotional Services, Domestic Violence and Hate Crimes, Education, Employment assistance, Finance and Budget, Fund Raising, Governmental Affairs, Membership, Publications, Public Relations, Rehabilitation Services, Resolutions, Scholarships, Senior Blind, Sports and recreation, and Technology.
UCB chapters vary in their focus. Many are geographically defined by cities or counties while others reflect a special interest shared by the members.
Would you like to Volunteer?
If you want to be a volunteer, please contact us at: (801) 299-0670
You can also download and print the Volunteer form but you must contact us before you can volunteer. All volunteers must be screened and approved before they can participate.