Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker or an activity for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The October 12th meeting will feature Dan Furton from the Michigan Commission for the Blind. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Healthy Vision Month: Vision Screenings & More for All Ages

Vision ScreeningsVision Screenings Come to the Downtown library on Sunday, May 22, 1 - 4 PM for vision screenings. The screenings are available at no charge for all ages: babies through adults. At 1 PM, enjoy opening remarks by Dr. John Barletta of Huron Ophthalmology. At 2 PM, co-authors Madison and Malia will read their short story, “The Blind Porcupine”. The sisters were born blind and now have sight thanks to cornea tissue donors and the efforts of the Michigan Eye-Bank. At 3 PM, meet Paws With A Cause® Assistance Dogs. The Healthy Vision Month programs above are cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club, Michigan Eye-Bank and University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library.

American Council of the Blind Radio

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Blind and sighted people from many walks of life and a variety of backgrounds regularly tune into American Council of the Blind (ACB) radio to listen to broadcasting that showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind/low vision community from many parts of the world. You can tune into ACB Radio using free software on your computer. Most media players will work (and may already be installed on your computer) but if you do not have a compatible player you can download one from the ACB. Take a look at the schedule, see what's coming up that's interesting to you, and tune in!

Elevator Table at Malletts Creek

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In addition to the computer stations available in our Downtown Assistive Technology Lab, there are now two computer stations at the Malletts Creek branch that are located on top of an adjustable elevator table meant to accommodate an individual in a wheel chair or who may otherwise require a station at an alternate height. The table moves up or down by a remote control that's connected to the end of the table just below the table top. If you need to use a computer station on the elevator table, please feel free to let staff know.

A Study in Scarlet

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For our WLBPD patrons, here's some interesting news:

Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study In Scarlet (DB 71855), read by Alexander Scourby for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1939, has been added to the BARD collection. This recording was originally issued as 33-1/3 rpm long-playing phonograph records. It is the first NLS analog-to-digital conversion title to use a disc source. If you are eligible for BARD & have feedback about this recording, it may be directed to: qas@loc.gov. Let us know what you think about it, too!

Assistive Technology Available on Public Computer Stations

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A giant trackball mouse that requires less wrist and arm movement is available for use at all library locations. Other assistive technologies available on public computer stations are: JAWS - a text to speech software, a computer magnifier, and a text enlarger. Just ask at the reference desk and we'll be glad to help you get started. Click here to read more about assistive technology available at the Ann Arbor District Library and the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

Need a Ride?

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Now there's RideConnect, a new transportation coordination center serving Washtenaw County residents. Sponsored by Western Washtenaw Area Value Express or WAVE, the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study or WATS; People's Express, Washtenaw County, and Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, RideConnect also coordinates services among existing public, private, and non-profit transportation as well as county human service agencies.

Have a Stand Out Interview!

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a Stand Out Interviews workshop on Wednesday, May 19 from 10 am to 12 pm. Attend and learn the best ways to answer interview questions, develop your professional pitch, and present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Need more career advice? Attend a drop-in session on Tuesday, May 18 from 3 to 5 pm or May 25 from 10 am to 12 pm. Good luck in your job search!

Large Print by Mail: a new service now available!

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For AADL card holders who are also active patrons of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (WLBPD), we are now able to mail Large Print books to your home! After signing up for this service, you will be able to request Large Print books online, by phone, or at any AADL service desk. The books will be mailed in reusable bags using USPS Free Matter for the Blind services and may be returned the same way. For more information about this new service, call 734-327-4224 or contact us at www.aadl.org/contactus (choose WLBPD as the comment type). We look forward to hearing from you!

Parenting on Your Own?

Join The MSU Extension at The Hope Center for a weekly parenting session for single parents. Sessions are EVERY Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and are free . Come to six sessions and receive a certificate of completion. Registration is requested. Oh, and AADL has a large collection of parenting books and there's plenty to peruse on the Parenting Shelf in the youth Department, too.

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