The Southern Arizona Council of the Blind

A chapter of the Arizona Council of the Blind


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SAZCB is an affiliate of The Arizona Council of the Blind, also known as A Z C B which in turn is an affiliate of The a.m.erican Council of the Blind, also known as A C B. We are a nonprofit organization made up of blind, visually impaired, and sighted Arizonans. Our chapter’s primary focus is on issues of the blind in southern Arizona, and we are growing and would like to invite you to join us. For more information on how to join our club or any other question check the WHO WE ARE page.

5/22: The 2015 AZCB Annual Conference will be held at the DEC Conference Center in Phoenix beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $25.00 per person. Please fill out the enrollment form before May 14 to insure your lunch choice is available.The cost is $25.00 per person. Contact Carlos Paraskevas at or 602-273-1510. Here is the schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Check in and Registration Desk opens
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Complimentary casual breakfast available for all conference enrollees
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Conference Opens - Welcome and Overview from Carlos Paraskevas, AzCB President, and RSA SBVID Update from Karin Grandon, Deputy Administrator
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – AZDAC - Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition discusses the inertia of apathy: The cost and the cure
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Comprehensive Programs - Specialized services through cooperative agreements for people who are blind  - Amy Porterfield
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 – The Current State of IT/AT - What do consumers need to do to stay on top of ever evolving changes in technology - Jeff Bishop
12:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Break and lunch setup
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Scholarship and awards luncheon - Guest Speaker: Jay Taska, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” … Journeys and Transitions of an Experienced Mobility Guy
2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Break
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – TBD
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Conference Wrap Up

6/10: The next Book Club covers AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY by Kim Newman See the Book Club page for details.

6/27 DATE CHANGE: The next SAZCB club meeting is at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilmot Public Library in Tucson. Jeff Bishop, VP of AzCB and Chair of the Governor's Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment’s AT Committee, will give a heads-up presentation on the implementation of Unified English Braille. As always, anyone may attend.

The purpose of the Arizona Council of the Blind (AzCB) is to promote an improved understanding of the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired residents of and visitors to the State of Arizona, and to work to improve the social, economic, educational, employment and civic opportunities which are available to blind and visually impaired people within Arizona.

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