Classes

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Note:  Ceramics, Exercise and Music Appreciation classes are hosted at 
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


The East Bay Center for the Blind is offering a program to convey principles of self-advocacy skills to blind and visually impaired individuals, especially low-income people of color, throughout the Bay Area, the majority of whom are not aware of their rights and benefits under local, state and federal disability laws. This program will be presented as a series of workshops.

The first of these workshops, “Fundamentals of Advocacy,” will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  We will cover the basics of advocating for yourself, knowing your rights and how to fight for them on your own and organizing with others.

Among the presenters for this workshop will be:

Lisamaria Martinez, Director of Community Services, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Vice-President, San Francisco Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of California; Secretary, NFB Sports and Recreation Division.

Frank Welte, First Vice-President, California Council of the Blind; President, San Francisco Chapter, CCB; previously served as CCB’s Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs.

Michael Nunez, Disability Rights Attorney; associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP; works on complex litigation and pre-litigation focusing on equal access to government services, technology, transportation, public accommodations and employment; previously served as Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates.

Time for this workshop is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $10.00 which includes lunch. Transportation cost will be reimbursed if needed to the extent our budget permits.

Our workshop series will continue as follows:

November 4, 2017:  Transportation and mobility.

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

April 21, 2018:  Housing and employment.

Deadline to register for the Sept. 30 workshop is Tuesday Sept. 22, 2017.  Register by calling or emailing Jan or Kelly at The East Bay Center for the Blind.