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Press Democrat Ad

On May 16, the Press Democrat will be running an ad featuring the Earlebaum Center - LINK

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Your Vision, Our Focus. A Community Open House


The Earle Baum Center of the Blind transforms the lives of people with sight loss.
Do you have questions about low vision? Are you dealing with sight loss and have questions?
Come and explore the possibilities.
When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
What Time: 10am - 3pm

Vendor booths and presentations throughout the day (10 to noon and 1 to 3pm)
Hands on demonstrations and fun activities.
Lunch and a special guest speaker at noon.

Learn to use beacons to guide your walk on our mile long meandering trail and enjoy our natural vernal ponds.
Experience the different types of sight loss with an experienced trainer.
Take a tandem bike ride while blindfolded if you dare.
Ukulele performance, Tap performance and more!!!

Community Open House Flyer

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Accessible Tours Day at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

Sunday, May 20th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information, please call (707) 284-1263.

See flyer for more details

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Will Johnson



Thursday June 21st
11:00-1:00 Call for more information 707-523-3222

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Summer Picnics

Summer Picnics

The Earle Baum Center Summer Picnics are Back. COME JOIN THE FUN!!
Be here for the First Picnic of the Season
June 17
FOOD served promptly at Noon
Entertainment from 11 to 12

Please RSVP on line
In the office or call 707-523-3222

The next picnics are on:
July 20, August 15 and September 21

Picnic Flyer

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Ballot Booth Breakthrough

Voting gets tech treatment
New computerized system featuring touch screens could cost $6 million

Sonoma County voters will likely see a new ballot format and new equipment at the polls beginning next year, including computer touch-screens, officials said Thursday during a preview of the latest technology for implementing democracy's bedrock process.

Jeff voting

Jeff Harrington, Earl Baum Center's Director of Facilities and Technology, tries a voting machine from Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas, on Thursday during a demonstration of new voting technology at the Santa Rosa Veterans Hall. At right is Hart representative Dwayne Broxton. KENT PORTER / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three manufacturers of high-tech voting systems displayed their equipment for a hands-on demonstration open to public officials and politically engaged citizens at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Building.

"I'm checking it out," Sonoma County Administrator Sheryl Bratton said. "It's time to invest in the new technology and a reliable system."

County elections officials say the current system, called Mark-A-Vote, is still "functional and accurate" but 35 years old, uses parts no longer made and runs on software no longer supported.

County Clerk Bill Rousseau, whose term expires this year, said he had been determined to modernize county elections since he took office in 2012.

A new system could cost about $6 million, he said, less if the county opts for a multiyear lease that allows it to scale back the number of polling places in the future.

Rousseau said the county is considering a move to an all-mail election, possibly in 2022, with ballots going out to all voters with just 30 "vote centers" around the county.

Five counties are using such a system this year, and Rousseau said "we're going to learn from them." There will be about 200 polling places for the June 5 primary election and vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out

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Hulu: Audio Description & Screen Reader Access

Kim Charlson, President
American Council of the Blind

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from blind individuals who report that the Hulu website and mobile applications are not accessible, and from blind individuals who want audio description tracks to be made available on Hulu. We would greatly appreciate speaking with you if you are blind and you have chosen not to subscribe to Hulu because you have heard about access barriers or the lack of audio description.

We would also like to speak with you if you have confronted access barriers yourself while using Hulu.

To share your experiences, please contact Kyle Ruiz, by phone at (510) 665-8644 or by email at

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EarleBaum Hangout

John Morris

Come join kids, volunteers, and parents of all ages and backgrounds hangout at the Earle Baum Center for the Blind with some snacks, accessible games, fun talks, and laughs.


Earle Baum Center for the Blind
4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Second Tuesday of every month at 5:30PM


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Owner of Santa Rosa's Morris Heating and Sheet Metal overcomes blindness

John Morris

Photo and Article © North Bay Business Journal

John Morris can see quite well - just not with his eyes. The owner of John Morris Heating and Sheet Metal in Santa Rosa routinely beats out competitors for duct work on construction projects in Sonoma County and beyond.

"In seventh grade, I was always fascinated with metal," Morris said. He took metal shop and wood shop in high school in Santa Rosa. "I could already weld."

He learned that he could earn several times as much in sheet-metal work as he was making as a kid working at a gas station. He passed the necessary tests and became a journeyman in a sheet-metal union, working in San Francisco, Petaluma and Santa Rosa.

"My eyes started to go bad in 1985," Morris said.

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Past Events

Assistive Technology Expo

Assistive Technology Expo Join us on Friday May 11th 10am to 3pm Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Grace Pavilion with free admission and parking

We're an exhibitor at the Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) Tech Expo, May 11 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds! Come see us and learn about assistive tech devices, funding resources, and more.

This event will showcase the latest technology and services that enable people with disabilities and senior citizens to live/work independently and be an equal part of the community. Exhibitors will display and promote their products and services to individuals, educating them on the use of assistive technology, modified vehicles, sexual health, home modification options, adaptive equipment, funding resources, alternative medicine and more. Our goal is to provide individuals with disabilities and aging community access services and support for their overall health and wellness in our community.

Tech Expo Flyer

Aira Road Show

Aira is an assistive technology company and service for the blind and low vision.

Check out our website for more info on our service.

Join us in Santa Rosa at the Earle Baum Center as we will be hosting an event for all current subscribers (known as Explorers), friends & family, and others involved with the blind community. We’ll have Guest Speakers, door prizes, make some special announcements, and serve up lunch to anyone who attends! To celebrate, Aira will be turning the locations of Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties into a Site Access locations on Monday May 14th, where anyone can download the Aira app and enjoy our service for FREE for the day!

Date:Monday, May 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm - Lunch Provided for RSVPs

Aira Road Show Flyer

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Join DSLC from Santa Rosa to San Rafael

Smart Train

The SMART Way to Independence
For Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Thursday, April 26th 9:15am to 3:30pm
Discover the ease and convenience of using our new train system. We will start our adventure here in Santa Rosa.
When is the last time you tried something new?


How gene therapy can fight blindness


Letter from Max Levenson
December 19, 2017
What it Takes to Win the Holman Prize

I'm writing to let you know that submissions for the Holman Prize, LightHouse for the Blind's annual series of three $25,000 award for blind adventurers and creators, are just around the corner! Submissions open on January 16th at 5 PM PST and close on February 28th at noon PST.

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Once of this islane

Coming to the Earle Baum Center
Sunday, Nov. 19th 2017
10:30am to Noon
You are Invited to Attend the Crossroads 2017 Touring Company Production of

Donations Welcome


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September 29 Movie Night - "Wonder Woman" - FLYER

Movie Night Sep 29 Wonder Woman


Actiview, a brand new app, will be providing Descriptive Audio, Amplified Audio & Closed Captions
Directly to YOUR personal iPhone Come try this NEW Technology!

Arrive by 6:30pm - Movie at 7:30pm
Come early to assure you have the Actiview app setup on your iPhone
Bring your earbuds or headphones and know your iTunes password.
***Donations to benefit EBC greatly appreciated***

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Technology Fair


Technology Fair Dec 4

Clear the decks, mark your calendars, and save the date! It's the fourth annual Earle Baum Center of the Blind Technology Fair.

The fair will be on Monday December 4, at the EBC campus from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM. We will have the big tent again this year, and plenty of heat and lighting. This year's fair will also feature the return of the dedicated demonstration area. Room 4 will be set aside for vendors interested in giving in-depth presentations (up to 20 minutes) of their services or products to potential clients. Refreshments will be served out of Room 3.


Our mission is to provide opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to improve and enrich their personal, social and economic lives.

The Earle Baum Center is a nonprofit regional community center in Santa Rosa California, serving people with sight loss in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties.


It is the Vision of the Earle Baum Center to facilitate personal independence and growth for people who are blind or vision impaired by:

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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm

4539 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Phone: (707) 523-3222
Fax: (707) 636-2768

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