Classes

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Note:  Ceramics, Exercise and Music Appreciation classes are hosted by
the Berkeley Adult School.

Ceramics class:  Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Low-Impact Exercise:  Tuesdays, 2:00 to 3:15 PM.

Music Appreciation class:  Fridays, 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  

Memory Support:  Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Bingo:  First Thursday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

iPhone class:  2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Book Club:  First Friday of every month, 10:00-11:00 AM.

Book club selections:
October:  Lost and Found  by Marilyn Harris.
November:  The Baker’s Daughter  by Sarah McCoy.
December:  The Christmas List  by Paul Richard Evans.

Vision Loss Peer Support Group:  2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Writing Club:  3rd Friday of every month, 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

Individual technology and Braille Training takes place by appointment only.

Braille training takes place Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays. Phone Instructor Patty Nash for an appointment.

Technology training includes lessons on the Victor Stream, IPhone and Android devices, Jaws and Braille displays.  Please phone Instructor Leah Gardner for appointments or Patty Nash for appointments Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Self-Advocacy Workshops

On November 4th, The East Bay Center for the Blind is presenting “Transportation and Mobility Advocacy.”  This day-long workshop is the second in our innovative four-part series designed to convey principles of self-advocacy to the visually impaired community, specifically low income minorities throughout the Bay Area.

The first workshop, “Fundamentals of Advocacy,” was held on September 30th.  This creative approach to self advocacy fundamentals presented dynamic panelists who engaged the audience and spurred all involved to advocate for themselves as well as the greater community.

Reserve  your place at the table on November 4th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The registration cost is $10.00 which includes lunch. Participant transportation costs will be reimbursed if needed to the extent our budget permits.  This workshop will focus on transportation and mobility in the 21st century and how visually impaired individuals can advocate for strategies to improve fixed route and paratransit options.

Daniel Klein, a veteran orientation and mobility instructor will begin the workshop by discussing the changes in the physical landscape in the 21st century.  He will discuss why navigating our surroundings is more complicated.

In our 2nd hour, a panel of guests will discuss alternatives to various forms of fixed route transportation that are changing the way we travel.  After lunch, we will hear from some other cities who have adopted some creative approaches to the standard paratransit system.

Valerie Vivona will join us to discuss resources and approaches to advocate for a more responsive and customer-friendly paratransit service.  This will lead to a structured brainstorming session where participants will begin the work necessary to implement change in transportation systems via advocacy and community involvement.

Please join us for what promises to be an informative and instructive day!  Please register with Kelly by October 27th by phoning 510 843-6935 or emailing eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com.  We look forward to advocating with you!

Our workshop series will continue as follows:

March 17, 2018:  Safety-net programs covering financial and health benefits, Social Security, and Medi-Cal.

April 21, 2018:  Housing and employment.