Wednesday May 11, 2016: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building
This 2016 VISIONS Vendor Fair is presented by the Ann Arbor District Library (which also serves as the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled) and is cosponsored by the State of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and Washtenaw Community College.
A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired. Electronic readers, magnifiers, support services for the blind, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display.
Presentations will also be offered each hour on topics related to vision health, services, and assistive technology.
11:00 am: Karen Keninger, National Library Service Director This session Highlights new developments at the National Library Service, including partnerships with technology developers to access the NLS's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site on their devices; changing Braille technology, improvements to BARD and BARD mobile, and more.
12:00 pm: Dr. Lylas Mogk, Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research at the Henry Ford Health System Learn more about the different patterns of vision loss, their respective common causes, their functional and psychosocial impact, and strategies for living fully with vision loss.
1:00 pm: The AT Guys, Assistive Technology Experts J.J. Meddaugh, host of the Blind Bargains Qast, discusses the latest technology to improve your quality of life. He will discuss accessible mobile phones and tablets including iPhone and Android devices, the latest computer software, portable devices, and what's on the horizon. Bring your technology questions.
2:00 pm: The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL was honored to receive the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year from the National Library Service at the Library of Congress this past summer. Learn more about what WLBPD@AADL can do for you as Library Director Josie Parker highlights services available to individuals of all ages in Washtenaw County who are unable to read standard printed materials.
There is no admission charge and ample free parking is available.
Five hundred people attended the 2014 Visions Vendor Fair and this year's fair, featuring presentations addressing national and regional issues, promises to be even more eventful.