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.

Audio Description Track on DVD!

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

Crisis Text Line

Need someplace to turn during a crisis? Looking for some support during a difficult time? Now you can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. You'll be greeted by an automated message and then connected with a crisis counselor who will help you sort through the situation. The service is free but messaging rates apply if you do not have service though Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile. Interested in learning more about how the Crisis Text Line works? Take a look at the TED talk by Founder and CEO Nancy Lublin.

Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

Children’s Special Health Care Services and The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will be co-sponsoring a Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their parents. This fun and informative group will be meeting during the first week of the month in January, February, June, and August and later in the months of April and September. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 at The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Conference Room A. The next meeting is on February 2nd and will feature a presentation on financial literacy. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the number of attendees by noon on Tuesday, January 31st to barcomec@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-6874.

Smell and Tell: Ordinary Extraordinary: Precious Essences Used in Perfumery

Wednesday May 17, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Precious essences used in perfumery are sublime and complex. Some of these materials, which are quite ordinary in their natural setting, are capable of transporting our senses beyond evocations of memory. When this happens we migrate from a sense of the familiar into a fearless experience of the unknown. We are led by mystery and olfactory beauty into the Ordinary Extraordinary.

Find out what perfumers discover when curiosity and wonder are engaged for the purpose of understanding complex scents that defy description. You’ll learn how to use these encounters with aromatic beauty to shape a personal olfactory lexicon. This is a powerful tool for supporting communication of sensory experiences that are not supported by vision, as we live in a culture dominated by sight.

Community members who use the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled and friends and family members who support them are encouraged to attend this event.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

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.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open Gym

Winter is here! Do you have a fitness plan? Start today by attending an orientation at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open Gym and setting a fitness goal before the New Year is here. To attend open hours at the gym you must go through orientation with a staff member. Each orientation session runs for an hour. Orientations will be held at the following times:

December 14, 2016 at 1pm
December 15, 2016 at 6pm
December 19, 2016 at 3pm
December 20, 2016 at 6pm

Open gym hours are on Tuesday from 10am to 4pm and Thursday from 10am to 6:30pm. For more information, to RSVP and/or request accommodations, email info@aacil.org.

Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

Children’s Special Health Care Services and The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will be co-sponsoring a Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their parents. This fun and informative group will be meeting during the first week of the month in January, February, June, and August and later in the months of April and September. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 at The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Conference Room A. The first meeting is on January 5th and will feature a presentation on the new MiAble savings program for youth with disabilities. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the number of attendees by noon on Tuesday, January 4th to barcomec@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-6874.

R U OK?

Here's a disturbing statistic: One out of seven Washtenaw County middle and high school students have contemplated suicide. What can we do about it?

Through the collaboration of ONE Washtenaw, agencies, organizations and the faith community are working together to coordinate their efforts to prevent suicide, especially of our young citizens. One of their joint ventures is the 'R U OK?' Suicide Prevention Campaign. Community Mental Health, Ozone House and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have created this awareness campaign. Additionally, training is available for anyone who would like to be a 'lifeguard'. By following the training components of R U OK community members & students can learn how to detect signs of depression & hopelessness, what to say and resources to share. Sometimes just ONE positive interaction can make all the difference for someone contemplating ending their life.

If you feel like you're not O.K. and need someone to talk to here are some important phone numbers: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, Washtenaw Community Mental Health Access: 734-544-3050 or 800-440-7548 and Ozone House: 734-662-2222.

Spread the word & find out: R U OK?

Michigan Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

Are you an individual with a disability or a friend or family member of someone with a disability? Do you want to share your opinion about the needs and services for individuals with disabilities in your community? If you answered yes, then you qualify to take an important survey about the service needs for people with disabilities in our Michigan communities. To take the survey online, click here. To take the survey over the phone, call Su Pi at (517) 432-0273. Your opinion is very important!

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