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REMINDER CALENDAR - MARICOPA, YUMA, PINAL COUNTIES AND NORTHWARD

Upcoming visual impairment related events in Maricopa County. This calendar is a relatively short term reminder list of events with a blindness or other visual impairment component. Click here for the longer term Arizona Statewide edition. All times are Mountain Standard Time. JAWS users can navigate by headings or paragraphs. Press the letter H to move through the headings, or Shift H to step backwards through the headings.


THIS MONTH


9/19 Wednesday 12:00 noon

THE COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN at NAU holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Northern Arizona University Union.

9/21 Friday 1:00 p.m.

ARIZONA STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL meets from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 at Ability 360 in Phoenix. For more information call 602-262-2900.

9/22 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

SHARP trip to THE WALTER HIVE. Be creative with different art mediums. It could be working with clay, woodworking, talking sticks, and LED lights. You will take your finished project with you. Sign up deadline is 9/15.

9/22 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

9/24 Monday and 9/25 Tuesday

The Pacific ADA Center presents their AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT UPDATE CONFERENCE 2018 at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel in Oakland, California. This conference has over 12 hours of credits available for Architects, ADA Coordinators, Rehabilitation Counselors and CASps. A session will also be held later the same week in Los Angeles. Contact them at 800-949-4232 or support@adapacific.org.

9/25 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

9/26 Wednesday through 9/28 Friday

36th Annual Conference titled CLOSING THE GAP 2018 is designed to dig deeper into critical areas that have the power to transform your classroom, your school, your district, your practice. Reach students, infuse technology into learning, leverage literacy strategies in all content areas, and ensure all students are receiving an equitable, flexible education.

9/26 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds open public meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every even month at the Phoenix Fire Department, 150 South 12th Street in Phoenix. For more details contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

9/27 Thursday and 9/28 Friday

The Pacific ADA Center presents their AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT UPDATE CONFERENCE 2018 at the Los Angeles Renaissance Airport Hotel in California. This conference has over 12 hours of credits available for Architects, ADA Coordinators, Rehabilitation Counselors and CASps. Contact them at 800-949-4232 or support@adapacific.org.

9/28 Friday 5:50 p.m.

The 2018 WHINE & CHEESE fundraiser from the Arizona Friends of Talking Books will be at the University Club of Phoenix from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spend a beautiful evening in the garden sipping wine, listening to live music, munching on delicious hors d'oeuvres, and shopping the exciting silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Arizona Talking Book Library.

9/29 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

SHARP’s overnight DEAD HORSE RANCH CAMPING TRIP for students 5th grade & up is camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, staying in tents, and doing all sorts of fun activities like hiking and possible kayaking. Sign up deadline is 9/22.

OCTOBER


10/01 Monday and 10/02 Tuesday

The 2018 FALL ADA COORDINATOR CONFERENCE will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown. CE credits are available.

10/01 Monday 4:00 p.m.

The WRITING IN THE DARK group meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix from 4:00 p.m. until about 6:00. The group’s focus is all who are blind or otherwise visually impaired and who want to write for publication. Contact Robert Sollars at 480-251-5197 or rdsollars@aol.com for more information.

10/01 Monday 6:30 p.m.

TEMPE MAYOR’S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. Teleconference attendance may be available. Contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

10/04 Thursday 10:00 a.m.

THE ARIZONA DISABILITY COALITION holds an open public meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at ABILITY360 on Washington Street in Phoenix. You can also attend by teleconference by calling 602-443-9061. For details call them at 602-262-2900.

10/05 Friday through 10/06 Saturday

The 2018 OUTSIDE THE BOX ANNUAL CONFERENCE in Wilmington Delaware is a weekend filled with new perspectives and ideas. Join local and national presenters alongside parents and school professionals of children who are Deaf-Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired, and who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information contact Karen Robinson at karen.robinson@christina.k12.de.us, call 302-454-2305, or download the PDF flyer.

10/06 Saturday

NATIONAL BLIND SPORTS DAY.

10/06 Saturday 8:30 a.m.

The Macular Degeneration Association Workshop presenting the latest research on Macular Degeneration is at the Reid Park Doubletree Hotel in Tucson from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Free talks given by experts in their fields will cover age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, genetics and macular degeneration, including the latest research.. Breakfast will be provided. Contact Donna Auger at 855-962-2852 or donna@maculardegenerationassociation.org.

10/06 Saturday 11:00 a.m.

Guide Dog Users of Arizona (GDUAZ) Fall Membership Meeting will be at the Claim Jumper, 1530 W Baseline Road in Tempe.

10/06 Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Arizona Disabled Sports’ main annual fundraiser is the ABILITY BALL at the Phoenix Marriott in Mesa. Enjoy dinner and music along with silent and live auctions as they celebrate the year's athletic accomplishments.

10/06 Saturday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS broadcasts the descriptive audio of a classic movie on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 p.m. For more information contact Sun Sounds at Info@sunsounds.org, or call the Tempe office at 480-774-8300, Tucson at 520-296-2400, or Flag at 928-779-1775.

10/06 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Coco’s, 2026 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Call 815-501-1153 for more information.

10/09 Tuesday 11:59 p.m.

Deadline to register if you want to vote in the elections on November 06. Get correct and up-to-date registration detail from the list of county recorders at arizonarecorders.html. You can check your registration status by going to voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do.

10/09 Tuesday 7:00 a.m.

The Chandler MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES holds meetings USUALLY on the second Tuesday of every month at Chandler Community Center on Commonwealth Avenue; sometimes at Yoli’s Cafe, 241 South Oregon Street, so call first! Call 480-782-2702 for more information.

10/10 Wednesday

The Chandler Mayor’s COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES holds their 27th Annual Disability Awareness Awards to recognize those whose work exemplifies the national effort to increase public awareness of the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities, including professionals that work each day in the disabilities field and students excelling with disabilities. Contact Collette Prather at 480-782-2709 or therapeutic.recreation@chandleraz.gov.

10/10 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise’s DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMISSION meets usually on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. The Commission focuses on community-wide advocacy to address the needs of people with disabilities while increasing public awareness. Public attendance is encouraged. For more details call 623-222-3154 or write to Lorraine Nevarez at Lorraine.Nevarez@surpriseaz.gov.

10/11 Thursday 8:30 a.m.

POSITIVE AGING WOMEN’S CONFERENCE is at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, 8051 East Broadway in Tucson. The program includes breakfast and lunch plus a choice of fun workshops. Call Christina at TMC SERVICES FOR SENIORS at 520-324-1960.

10/13 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The BOARD MEETINGS of the ARIZONA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND are scheduled for the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00. Please call 520-468-0000 and use meeting code 29222 to join the meeting.

10/13 Saturday 6:00 p.m.

Support the FOUNDATION FOR BLIND CHILDREN at their major annual fundraising event named NIGHT FOR SIGHT from 6:00 p.m. at Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Tickets are $750 each; contact them at 800-322-4870.

10/17 Wednesday 12:00 noon

THE COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN at NAU holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Northern Arizona University Union.

10/17 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Phoenix

Described live performance by the ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix occur only twice this show’s run. This show is NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías, a new comedy that’s anything but neighborly. High-powered lawyer Pablo and his wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, are working toward the American Dream. They move into a well-to-do, mostly white neighborhood in our nation’s capital. A delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out, laugh-out-loud comic border dispute, exploring what is an otherwise hot-button issue through a refreshing comedic lens. For more details go to the brochure at arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

10/18 Thursday 9:00 a.m.

SAAVI ALUMNI meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 at the SAAVI annex at 4002 E Grant Road in Tucson. For details contact Diana or Cathé at 520-829-7376.

10/18 Thursday 2:00 p.m. Phoenix

Described live performance by the ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix occur only twice this show’s run. This show is NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías, a new comedy that’s anything but neighborly. High-powered lawyer Pablo and his wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, are working toward the American Dream. They move into a well-to-do, mostly white neighborhood in our nation’s capital. A delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out, laugh-out-loud comic border dispute, exploring what is an otherwise hot-button issue through a refreshing comedic lens. For more details go to the brochure at arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

10/19 Friday 9:00 a.m.

2018 White Cane Day at the Phoenix VA Medical Center recognizes their tenth anniversary of the Advanced Low Vision Clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A LUNCH IN THE DARK will be served midday to increase awareness of the different visual impairments and challenges that impact our Veterans and others, and also the Blinded Veterans Association will continue their campus march again this year to raise White Cane Awareness earlier in the same morning. The information fair will take place in the ACC Basement Conference Rooms and the White Cane Awareness March will start at the ACC Lobby.

10/20 Saturday 12:30 p.m.

NFB EAST VALLEY chapter meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Pyle Center at 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00. Members usually gather for a bite to eat at a local restaurant afterwards. For more details contact Megan Homrighausen at 480-510-6196.

10/23 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

10/24 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds open public meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every even month at the Phoenix Fire Department, 150 South 12th Street in Phoenix. For more details contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

10/26 Friday

Last day to request a mail-in ballot to vote in the elections on November 06. If you want a Braille mail-in ballot they will actually make you one. Get correct and up-to-date registration detail from the list of county recorders at arizonarecorders.html. You can check your registration status by going to voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do.

10/27 Saturday to 10/30 Tuesday

The AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY 2018 ANNUAL MEETING is in Chicago, Illinois. Contact them at 415-447-0320 or meetings@aao.org.

10/27 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

10/31 Wednesday

HALLOWEEN.

10/31 Wednesday

DEADLINE to mail back mail-in ballots for the 2018 elections on 11/06.

For entries beyond this day you can check the longer Arizona statweide calendar.