Survey for Parents on their Educational Perspectives

The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University invites you to participate in a study to evaluate the services and to understand the educational experiences of blind and/or visually impaired youth in grades K through 12. Your feedback will improve policies and practices that prepare teachers in the future. Participation in this study allows us to gain a much richer and robust understanding of factors that impact service options and academic performance of blind and/or visually impaired youth.
For a parent or guardian to participate in this study, your child must meet the following criteria.
• Be between the ages of 5-22 and be enrolled in a school in the United States in grades K through 12
• Visual impairment must be listed as his or her primary diagnosed disability on his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
• English is his or her primary spoken language;
Participation in this study is voluntary and you may quit the survey at any time. We appreciate your participation in this research.

Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch

Wednesday May 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

How does touch help us communicate?

U-M Performing Arts Technology Professor Sile O'Modhrain discusses sensory communication and relaying and receiving information through touch. She will also focus on Helen Keller.

This is one of several related events held is in conjunction with the Downtown Library exhibit Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, on display in the lobby of the Downtown Library and on the Third Floor from Friday, May 2 – Wednesday, June 25.

If you know someone who has vision loss, find out more about the services offered through Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled@AADL.

Film: "Going Blind"

Sunday June 15, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Documentary film of personal stories about coping with vision loss, and bringing awareness to low vision therapy. This film will be shown with the Described Video Service narration feature for people with low or no vision.

Support for Adults with ADHD

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, February 18th from 7:00-8:30 pm. The meeting will include resources, an opportunity to share experiences and ideas. The following week, February 25, the group hosts speaker Sally Palaian, Ph.D with a talk titled: "Shame Free Money Management for Individuals with AD/HD". For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

Assistive Technology at AADL

Adults and children with visual or cognitive disabilities can have easy access to information and entertainment through several types of Assistive Technology at Ann Arbor District Library.

From hand-held magnifiers, to text-to-speech software, to Braille printing, AADL has an assortment of accessible technology available during all regular library hours. Not sure how to use this type of technology? Also available, is walk-in training with an experienced instructor! Walk-in assistive technology training is available, at no charge, Tuesdays, 1-6 pm and Wednesdays, 9:30am-2:30pm, in the Assistive Technology Lab on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. Call 734-327-4224 for more information, or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

Interested in new technology? Mark your calendars for: "VISIONS 2014: What’s New in Technology for the Blind & Visually Impaired.” VISIONS will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building.

WLBPD Holiday Books

Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled patrons can browse the Michigan Braille & Talking Book Library (BTBL) or National Library Service online catalogs to find a good selection of Christmas mysteries, romances, cookbooks, or holiday stories for young people. Titles like "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" (DB26048/BR7225) or "It's Kwanzaa Time!" (DB42923) are available, as well as books about Hanukkah.

You can do a Word in Title search for a holiday using the online catalogs or call 734-327-4224, and a reader adviser will be happy to order them for you.

WLBPD Produced Series on Digital Cartridge

WLBPD@AADL is excited to offer a new service to our patrons - book series on digital cartridge! Now instead of waiting for the next book in a series to arrive in the mail, just use the bookshelf feature on the digital talking book machine to move on to the next book right away. There are currently 20 different series available for checkout as part of the book series on digital cartridge service. To find out which titles are available, to suggest a series be added, or to order one of the currently available series on digital cartridge, call 734-327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back"

Harilyn Rousso, author of "Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back," will read from her book Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room South, at the University of Michigan. Her appearance is sponsored by a number of groups including Services for Students with Disabilities, Council for Disability Concerns, Women's Studies, Center for Education of Women, the LSA Disability Culture class, and Nicola's Books. Refreshments and Screenline CART services will be provided. Later the same day, the author will participate in a reading and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the U-M School of Social Work. Refreshments and CART services will be provided. People planning to attend the later event should RSVP by emailing Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@umich.edu.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational" is a collection of essays, poems, and personal memories by the author, who was born with cerebral palsy and now is a psychotherapist, disabilities activist and artist. Her book, published earlier this year, was widely and favorably reviewed. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson wrote in Ms. magazine that it is "less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."

'Tis the Season to Hang on to Reason!

Learn why we spend the way we do during these coming months, followed by a discussion of how to find alternative ways to enjoy the holidays. Taught by renowned speaker & local budget guru, Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the University of Michigan Credit Union, these sessions are free and open to the public: Saturday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 AM and Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register. Both sessions will be held at the University of Michigan Credit Union, 4440 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, between Wagner and Zeeb Roads.

Birding By Ear and Beyond Interpretive Program "Hunters of the Sky"

You are invited to attend an exclusive interpretive program called "Hunters of the Sky" this Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor! To register for this event, please e-mail Amy Shepherd amyshep4@gmail.com. Registration is free, thanks to a special donation from the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club! Drop-ins are also welcome.

Along with investigating this extraordinary center for nature programming there will also be an exclusive interpretive program called “Hunters of the Sky," presented by nationally acclaimed Birding By Ear and Beyond program director, Donna Posont, a Student Naturalist, at the University of Michigan Dearborn. This will be a unique opportunity for blind participants, as well as their sighted friends and family, to get up close and personal with the protected raptors that live at the Lesley Science Center. The program will last about an hour, but there will be time before and after to explore the facility on your own.

This event is sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Dearborn; National Federation of the Blind of Michigan; Ann Arbor Host Lions Club; and Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

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