News and Events
Press Democrat Ad
On May 16, the Press Democrat will be running an ad featuring the Earlebaum Center - LINK
Your Vision, Our Focus. A Community Open House
SAVE THE DATE!
The Earle Baum Center of the Blind transforms the lives of people with sight loss.
Vendor booths and presentations throughout the day (10 to noon and 1 to 3pm)
Learn to use beacons to guide your walk on our mile long meandering trail and enjoy our natural vernal ponds.
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.
EARLE BAUM CENTER presents A MUSICAL CONCERT PROGRAM
The Earle Baum Center Summer Picnics are Back. COME JOIN THE FUN!!
Ballot Booth Breakthrough
Voting gets tech treatment
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.
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
Hulu: Audio Description & Screen Reader Access
Kim Charlson, President
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.
Owner of Santa Rosa's Morris Heating and Sheet Metal overcomes blindness
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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Assistive Technology Expo
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.
Aira Road Show
Aira is an assistive technology company and service for the blind and low vision.
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
Join DSLC from Santa Rosa to San Rafael
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