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Tactile Carnival Nov. 9 tactile_carnival

From Eleanor Brown, RSC chair; rsvp to


Join the fun at the Tactile Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 9!

From 1:00 to 5:00 play games and win prizes!

Dinner is 5:00 to 6:30

Greenbelt Readiness Center
7100 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD  20770

Cost is $15 before Nov. 6, $20 after Nov. 6.

Please reserve your spot by filling out RSVP at or email to with your request for SSP, interpreter and/or ride. Come play!

Flyers attached in Word and pdf


BADB Halloween Party

From Jason Corning, BADB president

Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Christ U.M. Church of the Deaf

1040 S. Beechfield Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21229

Dinner and dessert provided.  You bring side dish or drinks to share, and wear your costume!

Flyer attached


Transportation survey

From Valerie Coppock

Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services division at the Department of Health and Human Services is surveying the county to better understand the transportation patterns and needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Those who share these concerns, either for themselves or on the behalf of family or a friend are urged to take the survey by October 18, 2013.  The survey can be found at



Pro-Tactile at MDAD-PCRID conference

From PCRID (Potomac Chapter Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf)


This year MDAD and PCRID are hosting a joint conference, and there is a pro-tactile workshop on the schedule for Friday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 to 5:00.


The conference will be at Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia on Nov. 1, 2, 3.  The fee for all three days (or just one day, or part of one day) is 50 dollars.


Register for the conference here:



DB presentation at Gallaudet U

From Eddie Martinez


Dear MWADB Members,

I would like to let everyone in DeafBlind community about exciting event at Gallaudet University this November 2013.

Bapin Bhattacharyya will be in Washington DC metro area to give a speech at Gallaudet University on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.  The speech is Self-success and Technology.

If you are interested to attend and watch Bapin's presentation.  Please make sure that you sumbit your request for interpreter to Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) in two (2) weeks prior the event.  Please send your request to GIS at and cc Brian Greenwald at in advance of time.




Message from Helen Keller

From Arlyce Watson


Hey, friends! I would like to share with you Helen Keller's golden tidbits as I would call it. From the book of Moments for Pastors by Robert Strand, in the first two pages, it was about the story of the praying hands picture which we all are familiar with. The legend has it that two men were studying for art, but too poor to keep up with the expenses. They hit upon an idea that one was to continue art studies while other worked to support them until finished, then the graduated student was to work to support his friend in turn. Unfortunately, his friend's hands no longer can do art work due hard labor . This grieved the student because of sacrifice his friend had made for him.  One day he saw his friend prayed and he thought that was beautiful and wanted to paint his friend's praying hands. So, that's how the painting became so popular to this day since 1471.

Helen Keller commented in that page (not about the praying hands picture, but about life in general) which she said her beautiful golden tidbit........

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.... for the world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker!"

Perfect tidbit for that story! Helen had no idea that she really did a great and noble task for the world!



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