Need Support in Your Job Search?

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding weekly Job Talk Career Development Workshops every Thursday, starting January 14, from 10 am to 12 pm. Join others currently searching for jobs to discuss the challenges of unemployment, get new ideas to help you on your way, and get news, tips, and networking skills to help you land a job. Come support and be supported! To sign-up, contact Julia@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Curious about Blindness?

Do you have kids or family friends who know someone who is visually impaired? I know I was fascinated about the subject as a child. I've run across a couple books lately that would have fit the bill for me. One is "Do You Remember the Color Blue?" And Other Questions Kids Ask about Blindness by Sally Hobart Alexander & although it is somewhat outdated regarding Assistive Technology, the book asks & answers some tough questions to its blind author. The other book, The Black Book of Colors, has descriptions of color based on imagery & illustrations made with raised lines. Both books, as well as our collection of Braille + Print books can make for an interesting family discussion.

Assistive Technology at AADL

The Downtown Library has a new dedicated area of assistive technology devices that are available for anyone with a visual or learning disability, including a Kurzweil 1000 scanning station and JAWS text-to-speech software, a Braille embosser, a closed circuit reader and magnifiers at all public desks. Public computers at Malletts Creek, Traverwood, West and Downtown Youth have JAWS, and a function that enlarges type is on all public computers. Assistive technology trainer, Nick Wilcox, is ready to help walk-in patrons on the second floor at the Downtown Library from 2-6pm on Tuesdays or by requesting an appointment at WLBPD: 734-327-4224.

Friday Art Group at Center for Independent Living

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Join the Center of Independent Living every week as they exercise creativity in the Friday Art Group. Art sessions begin at 1 pm and generally end at 3 pm. Participants choose which project to do each week. Past projects have included trinket boxes, mosaics, decorating ceramic plates before firing, and jewelry. Bring your creativity, music to share and, if you like, a snack. Projects generally take between two and four weeks to complete. The program is free, but please call if you plan on coming so there will be more supplies on hand. The art comes to life at the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. For more information, contact Sue Probert at (734) 971-0277 x34 orsuep@aacil.org. The group now meets in the Gathering Place or kitchen in the CIL.

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