COVID-19 Vaccination at BSS Offices
From 9am-4pm on Wednesday April 14th and Thursday April 15th COVID-19 vaccine shots will be given on location at our offices, 3696 Beatty Drive, Riverside CA 92506. Vaccine to be used is Johnson & Johnson's, and the estimated number of vaccines will be at least 100 per day. Anyone over 18 is eligible – this includes, but is not limited to: Our students, their families/friends, BSS Staff Members and their families/friends, neighbors, associates, etc.
Keep an eye out the next few days for the registration link, it will be sent out as soon as we have access it.
Coffee Hour, Before Peer Support and Tech Club
In the spirit of bringing back the comradery and ambiance that was present in the lobby, the Peer Support and Technology Club zoom meetings will be open for one hour before the scheduled club meeting. Please feel free to join and chat with other participants, and use this time to get set up on zoom as we will be starting the meetings promptly when scheduled.
Recurring Events Hosted by Blindness Support
Zoom Try It Lab
When: Friday, April 2nd, from 10AM to 12 noon
Are you learning to use zoom and want to get more familiar with the controls and features? Then this is the place for you! We understand it can be difficult to explore and learn the controls and tools at your disposal during zoom meetings. Join us in our upcoming Zoom try it lab, when participants will be able to join a zoom meeting where there is no agenda but to hop in and familiarize yourself with the tools zoom has to offer.
When: Friday, April 9th, from 10AM to 12 noon
We have a Peer Support group where individuals that are blind are visually impaired can interact with others. We cover a wide variety of topics and activities, and we meet every second Friday of the month.
This Month we will have a presentation about Non24, a sleep disorder commonly affecting the blind and visually impaired. After the presentation we will have open discussion where participants may discuss any disruptions and changes they have noticed since the onset of visual impairment. And of course, don't forget about the social, coffee hour from 9-10am leading up to our meeting. Please use the coffee hour to get yourself settled in so the meeting can start promptly at its scheduled time.
When: Friday, April 16th, from 10AM to 12 noon
We have a Technology Club! We discuss topics related to all types of mobile Devices and Apps followed by open discussion. All are welcomed to Join us and learn! This month we will be discussing the voiceover rotor on iOS devices. We will have opportunities for individuals to share how they use the rotor to complete tasks on a daily basis.
Mobility Monday #2
When: Monday, April 19th, from 1 to 3PM
This month's Mobility Monday is going to be more kid focused. Our Orientation and Mobility intern, Kelsey, will be covering topics helpful for parents of visually impaired children. Topics such as Calendar Boxes, stages of development, ways to promote independent movement, etc.
When: Friday, April 30th, from 10AM to 12 noon
Have you considered learning Braille but are unsure if you are ready? Are you in the process of learning Braille but looking for additional ways to practice and refine your skills? Have you learned Braille in the past but want to discover new ways to incorporate it in your daily life? Then come join us on the last Friday of every month and be a part of our Braille learning community. All individuals are welcome to come and see what Braille is all about and learn new and fun ways to use your growing Braille skills.
Unless otherwise specified, BSS Hosted meetings are held via
Please contact us to RSVP before the meeting date.
Call: (951) 341-9244 or stop by our front desk
Community Events and News
Radio Comedy Play
Available Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. till May 1
Fans of screwball comedies will no doubt enjoy the free radio play Mr. & Mrs. Smith by Classic Radio Road Show, offered online at www.classicradioroadshow.org starting on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., and will be available until May 1st.
Following this premier, there will be a LIVE Zoom Q. & A. at 9:00 p.m. with the cast, and a trivia game about classic radio shows. To register for the Zoom Q. & A. please email: email@example.com
The Connection. Hosted by Yvette Cabrera
Starts 4/7/21 @ 6pm PST. / 9pm EST
“Let’s talk. It’s something we all need more of “ Topics: Accessibility, Breakthrough, Self-Compassion, Diversity, and MUCH MORE.
Free AIRA Subscription Opportunity
You may have heard of a service called Aira, which provides people with visual disabilities access to visual information (their surroundings, signs, etc.) through the use of a cell phone's video camera. A live, trained operator is available 24/7 to provide this information in English and Spanish. Aira's website has a more Detailed description of their services.
The University of California, Irvine and Toyota North American Motors (TNAM) are partnering to sponsor persons with vision disabilities a free, 500 minute, a month AIRA subscription from October 2020, through August 2021. The project has allocated funds to provide 600 AIRA subscriptions to interested individuals with visual disabilities.
The Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC) is assisting in the research project with ensuring the community is aware of the opportunity. DMC is reaching out to local organizations, schools, Disabled Student Service Programs, CCB chapters, NFB and many other groups to share information regarding the free, AIRA subscriptions.
Please spread the word to your clients, members and associates. Those interested have only to complete this Google Form. The form simply requests: First Name, Last Name, Email address, and Phone number. The email address is optional (to be inclusive of people who may not have one) but preferred.