Solar Eclipse for the Visually Impaired

Solar Eclipse for the Visually ImpairedSolar Eclipse for the Visually ImpairedSolar and lunar eclipses happen everyday, but on Monday, August 21st, for the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes directly over the United States! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse.

Viewing parties similar to the one hosted by AADL are not hard to come by, but what about those that are visually impaired? Here are two options for those that are not able to view the eclipse:

The American Council for the Blind in collaboration with Nashville-based trained audio describer Julia Cawthon, will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in. Click here to access the broadcast, or dial 605-475-8130 and select option 4 to listen by phone.

The Eclipse Soundscape Project, from NASA's Heliophysics Education Consortium, will also deliver a multi-sensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project includes real time audio descriptions of the eclipse, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch. You can download the iOs app here; an Android app will be available soon.

Washtenaw Literacy and VISTA


Washtenaw Literacy has been awarded two AmeriCorps VISTA positions by the Michigan Non Profit Association for 2017-2018. Click here for posting and link to application. The VISTA positions will support the development of the Community Opportunity Center by providing outreach and onsite management. Additionally, VISTAs will be working on projects to improve financial and workplace literacy for adult learners. Interviews are conducted now! For more information, contact Alison. These full-time positions begin August 8 and are a great opportunity for someone just graduating college, changing careers or newly retired. Don't miss out on a chance to have a significant local impact through VISTA service!

Dawn Farm's Education Series Continues...

The public is invited to Dawn Farm’s free Educational Series. All programs are presented in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org. All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery will be presented on Tuesday April 18, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. The epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths has left bereaved families across our country and our community. This program will explain theories of grief and grief recovery related to losses that people with addiction and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and will include a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 PM pm Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study; writer of the award-winning DVD Pleasure Unwoven will present a free program on the seeming end of the drug war & rise of recovery.The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction and brain research, but the most current neuroscientific research about addiction - research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. There will also be a free reception from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. Applicants must appear in person at the Washtenaw County Vital Records Division. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on Facebook to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a card in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club has over 25 Drop-Off Locations through out the county. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or regular sunglasses! Protecting one's eyes from harmful rays can prevent cataracts, which is a major cause of blindness in the world. You can learn about the science of glaucoma & other eye diseases by listening to or viewing this video that was taped here last year.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday May 13, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which coordinates breath with movement. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one. All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to transition easily from the floor to standing. Come prepared to move!

Certified yoga teacher Raina LaGrand will teach this session.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Sunday April 9, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which coordinates breath with movement. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one. All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to transition easily from the floor to standing. Come prepared to move!

Certified yoga teacher Raina LaGrand will teach this session.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday March 11, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which coordinates breath with movement. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one. All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to transition easily from the floor to standing. Come prepared to move!

Certified yoga teacher Raina LaGrand will teach this session.

Safe and Effective Management of Pain & Addiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that around a 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, & it’s estimated that about 10% of our population has or has had a substance use disorder. People with pain deserve relief and there are many strategies for both acute and chronic pain management that are safe and effective for people at risk of or in recovery from substance use disorders.

You’re invited to learn about Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the SJMH Education Center. Learn from local addictionologists and pain management specialists Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FACOG, FASAM, ABAM; and Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD, about various methods of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management; their relative risks and benefits, and describe creative approaches to effective pain relief for people in recovery from substance use disorders. To learn more about the Dawn Farm Education Series, click here.

My Turn- Sensory Friendly Sundays

My Turn is a non-profit organization created by families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and is managed by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Project Partners include the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Leslie Science and Nature Center, and Therapeutic Riding Inc., all of whom host Sensory Friendly Sunday sessions.

Each program will last for two hours and will allow My Turn visitors to have the opportunity to explore at their own pace and in their own way, in a less sensory stimulating and crowd-free environment. Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend each free program and participate in hands-on activities designed specifically for ASD audiences.

The next event will be held Sunday, September 11th from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Be sure to check out the events calendar to find a My Turn event through March 2017

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