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San Mateo County Council of the Blind


Oct. 2000 Vol. I No. 6


President's Message

One of the keys to living successfully with vision impairment is having access to a reliable, and responsive public transportation system. Most blind and vision impaired people have contact with the local public transportation provider on a daily basis. These contacts are often sources of frustration due to busses missed because the correct bus stop is difficult to find, missed bus stops due to a driver's failure to call out stop locations properly, and missed appointments due to late busses or paratransit pick-ups.

The only way we can improve this trying situation is to work together as a community to encourage change. Margie Donovan, who will be the featured speaker at the October SMCCB meeting, is an accomplished advocate who knows how to keep the transit agencies in line. Don't miss this opportunity to learn strategies for improving the quality of our public transportation services here in San Mateo County.

I am pleased to see our organization growing this year. I especially want to thank Phil Kutner (349-6946) and Bill Hobson (593-9191) for their efforts in encouraging folks to get involved with the group. We're on track to double our membership this year. As the organized blind community grows we will increase our ability to improve the quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people in San Mateo County.

Don't forget that we meet on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM. at the Bank of America at El Camino Real and 3rd Avenue in San Mateo. Feel free to call me for further information. You may phone or reach me via e-mail.

We are also fortunate in having a varied group of members with unusual areas of expertise. One of the major areas in which we can be of assistance to new members is in the area of computer problems both with Macs and clones.

Frank Welte, SMCCB President

(650) 508-8329 [email protected]

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