The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled

Welcome to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL!

In Washtenaw County this free service administered by the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. A talking book machine and materials are mailed at no cost as Free Matter for the Blind. For more information on how to apply, click here.

In addition to mailed materials, all eligible individuals also have access to downloading tens-of-thousands of books and dozens of magazines from the National Library Service's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. An application for access to BARD is required and available through the NLS website.

The WLBPD collection is housed in the Downtown AADL location at 343 South Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor at the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. For information on all AADL locations and transportation options, visit the AADL Locations & Hours page.

All Washtenaw County residents who are eligible for WLBPD service, as well as those living in the same household, are also eligible for Ann Arbor District Library borrowing privileges.

WLBPD is part of the National Library Service (NLS) network. Click here to locate other NLS libraries in Michigan or in other states.

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Start Saving Now!

Just because the weather is lovely doesn't mean you shouldn't think about ways you can save energy, especially if you start cranking the A.C. If you're a DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? Up to 75 new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads; night lights and the peace of mind that you are doing what you can to save the planet. And cash.

Ann Arbor Mayoral Forum

Are you curious about what the four Mayoral Candidates have to say about affordable housing & homelessness? Get your questions answered at a Mayoral forum Tuesday, July 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The event will take place at Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor and is sponsored by a coalition of over 30 religious congregations. This is a great opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about this very important subject.

Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Have you forgotten everything you learned in school already? Don't despair! You can log on to Brainfuse. Their live Homework Help is available from 2:00PM-11:00PM every day, even in summer! The interactive Study Suite is accessible anytime with your AADL account log in information. For more details about the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these FAQs. Using Brainfuse can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try and you can re-learn the stuff you thought you forgot.

 

A Look back at Visions 2014

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May 14, 2014 at Washtenaw Community College

On May 14th, AADL held its Biennial Visions Vendor Fair at Washtenaw Community College. Over 500 people attended the event, which was cosponsored by the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and Washtenaw Community College and funded in part by the Friends of AADL and the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club.

Here is a quick look back at the VISIONS 2014 Vendor Fair: What's New In Technology And Services for the Blind And Visually Impaired

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Annie Sullivan Speaks

Wednesday June 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Veteran educator, award-winning actress, and motivational speaker Collette Cullen will ventriloquize Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne (Annie) Sullivan Macy, to present a historical and philosophical overview of America’s most famous teacher/student duo. Annie’s methods teaching Helen Keller to communicate is showcased as a metaphor for today’s educators to consider teaching as the building of relationships rather than the imparting of skills that can be measured quantitatively, particularly when teaching reading and writing. Beginning with the story of Annie’s impoverished early life, including how Annie overcame her own disenfranchisement during her days in an asylum, “Annie” promotes a student-based pedagogy that promotes excellence and heart, and which nurtures children’s inner lives.

Craft Your Name in Braille

Friday June 20, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Use Braille alphabet cards and foam stickers to make a sign with your name in Braille on it. This event is held in conjunction with AADL’s May/June Downtown Library exhibit, Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Read with Feeling

Tuesday June 17, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Seedlings Braille Books for Children will present an overview of braille and the braille alphabet including the history of Louis Braille. There will be hands-on activities and interactive tactile materials for children to explore.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Thursday June 19, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for hearing infants and toddlers, 6 months - 2 years, with an adult

Learn to sprinkle family-friendly American Sign Language (ASL) into songs and play, making signing easy, fun, and successful!

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor of Signing Smart, will be presenting. No older siblings, please.

The location of this event has been changed. It was previously scheduled for the Multi-Purpose Room.

Adult ADHD & Relationships

Are you or a loved one affected with Adult Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder? If so, you may be interested in joining a local discussion group for information or support. This group meets from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the WISD Teaching and Learning Center each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 27th from 7:00-8:30 pm. This meeting is about Relationships and AD/HD, given by Dr. Arthur Robin. He will provide audience members with practical advice for how to succeed in intimate relationships with AD/HD. After reviewing AD/HD’s impact on relationships, he will discuss strategies for couples to improve their relationships; optimize AD/HD education and adjust attitudes. For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

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