Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This 2012 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 Michigan Commission for the Blind and Washtenaw Community College.
A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired. Magnifiers, electronic readers, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, support services for the blind and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products on display.
Five hundred people attended the 2010 Visions Vendor Fair and this year's fair, featuring presentations addressing national, international and regional issues, promises to be even more eventful.
Presentations will also be offered each hour:
11:00 AM - Neil Bernstein, National Library Service For The Blind And Physically Handicapped
12:00 PM - Dr. Tamru Belay, Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind In Ethiopia/Africa
1:00 PM - The A T Guys, What's New In Assistive Technology?
2:00 PM - Scott Menzel, Superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Refreshments for sale by the Michigan Commission for the Blind Business Enterprise Program
2012 VENDORS: AbleZone, Inc. | Amy's Braille Printing | Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL) | Ann Arbor Lions Clubs | Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) | AT Guys, Bob the Brailler | Clarity of Michigan | Enabling Technologies | Friends of the AADL | Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Guiding Eyes for the Blind | GW Micro | Home Instead Senior Care | HumanWare | Learning Support and Services, Washtenaw Community College (WCC) | Low Vision Solutions, Inc. | Magnification Center | Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund | Michigan Commission for the Blind | Michigan Commission for the Blind, Braille and Talking Book Library | Michigan Disability Rights Coalition | Michigan Eye-Bank | Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MPVI) | Michigan Ski for Light | National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Michigan | Newsline for the Blind | NoIR Medical Technologies | Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB) | Optelec | Pilot Dogs, Inc. | University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library | Visually Impaired and Blind in Livingston, Inc. (VIABIL, Inc.) | WKAR Radio Reading Service | WLBPD@AADL
Large Print Books-by-Mail: AADL circulates thousands of titles in Large Print in all areas of fiction and non-fiction. All WLBPD patrons are also eligible to receive Large Print Books-by-Mail sent to them from the AADL collection. To receive this service, an AADL library account is required. Check our catalog to search for specific titles or view all of our Large Print titles. You can also browse the Large Print titles specifically for children and teens.
- You must have an Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) card account.
- Only Large Print books qualify to be mailed as “Free Matter for the Blind.”
- Books are ordered from the general (AADL) Large Print book collection and are checked out to your AADL library card account, which is a separate system from the one digital books are ordered from.
- The system is not set up to automatically select titles for you. You can search for books and place holds yourself at My Account; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (734) 327-4224. Your hold will be mailed to you automatically when it is your turn.
- Large Print books will be sent free through the mail just as other WLBPD@AADL materials, except they will arrive in a zippered mailbag. These zippered bags will have a mailing label on one side. Just like with the digital books, you simply flip the address label over and slip it back into its sleeve to return your Large Print book(s).
- If you have an online account at aadl.org, you can track your checkout history. If not, we recommend you keep your own history of which Large Print books you’ve read. To preserve patron privacy, AADL does not keep a record of patron check-out histories.
- There is no limit on the number of books you may check out. However, if you do not return materials, your participation in this service may be suspended.
- Books may be checked out for 4 weeks including mailing time. Beyond 4 weeks, if they are not returned or renewed, they are considered overdue.
- Books may be renewed if no one else is waiting for them. If people are waiting for them, they need to be returned.
- Fees will be assessed for lost or damaged books. Books that are 45 days overdue are assumed lost, and will be billed for the cost of the item(s).
- Patron accounts will be sent to Unique Management for collection when the balance reaches $40.00 in fines, fee, and/or replacement charges.
Basic Technology Assistance
AADL offers one-on-one basic assistance with assistive technology devices and applications, by appointment. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call (734) 327-4224, or email email@example.com.
AADL Public Computers
Giant Trackball Mouse: The large ball in the center of the Giant Trackball Mouse requires less fine motor control than a standard mouse, making it easier for some users to use. You may borrow a Giant Trackball Mouse from the desk at any AADL location for use within the Library.
All internet browsers on AADL computers feature a function allowing the user to make the type larger:
Microsoft Windows Magnifier: A program that displays a magnification of the area around the mouse pointer at the top of the computer screen. To turn on the magnifier, click on the Start menu, select Accessories, select Accessibility, and then select Magnifier.
Screen Resolution: To adjust the resolution of the computer screen to enlarge all items, please ask a staff person for assistance.
To Zoom Text: All Internet browsers on AADL computers feature a function allowing the user to make the type larger:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +, Or select "View" and "Text Size" from the menu bar.
- Mozilla Firefox: Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +. Or select "View" and "Zoom" from the menu bar.
- Google Chrome: Expand text size by clicking on the wrench and selecting "Zoom".
Elevator Tables: All computer stations in the Assistive Technology Lab at the Downtown location, and Internet stations #0 and #1 at the Malletts Creek Branch, are located on top of wheelchair accessible adjustable elevator tables.
2017 brings with it the opportunity for us to upgrade our assistive technology program! Assistive Technology is located on the east, or reference, side of the second floor. New hardware and software applications have been installed, and basic technology assistance is now available by appointment.
- Mac large screen desktop with speakers
- Mac iPad Pro loaded with assistive technology apps
- PC with both Kurzweil 1000 and JAWS (version 18.0) screen reading software
- Closed-Circuit Reader: Patrons can use a new closed-circuit television system to magnify print materials in either color or black & white mode. The CCTV is located next to the printer/scanners in the reference area. Patrons are free to use this with personal or library materials.
Each AADL Information Desk has a collection of hand-held magnifiers for use within the library.
Library patrons with NLS Digital Talking Book Machines (DTBM) eager to read books available for download, or who have their own NLS-compatible commercial player, iOS or android device are encouraged to download books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Tens of thousands of books and dozens of magazines are available for download, with more added every week!
In order to download books from BARD, you must first apply for a login and password. Only patrons actively registered for service through WLBPD, or through another library within the National Library Service network, are eligible to download from BARD.
Downloading from BARD requires an email address, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a digital cartridge or USB/flash/thumb drive, and an NLS-issued or NLS-compatible DTBM. Alternatively, the BARD app may be used with an android or iOS device.
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about BARD.
If you have any further questions, or need help using BARD, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (734) 327-4224.
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:50pm
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Each year the http://www.aacil.orgAnn Arbor Center for Independent Living publishes an issue of Access Magazine. This publication features stories by and about professionals and writers with disabilities, articles about helpful services at the Center for Independent Living and elsewhere in the community, and an up-to-date resource guide. The latest issue is available below in a variety of formats, including PDF, large-print word document, and mp3 audio. Back issues are available at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living website at http://www.aacil.org/access.shtml.
Large Print Microsoft Word Document
A complete list of the genres available to WLBPD patrons for selection of materials is below.
Historical Fiction/Foreign (specify)
WLBPD houses an on-site collection of over Described Videos (comedy, drama, action, mystery, children, etc.). Described Videos are movies in which the visual elements are described - the action, characters, locations, costumes, and sets - without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects.
To request descriptive videos, please contact WLBPD. To watch these movies and hear the descriptions, you need a standard DVD player and a television. No special feature or device is needed.
Described Video DVDs available for check-out:
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
500 DAYS OF SUMMER
21 JUMP STREET
A DOG'S PURPOSE
A MONSTER CALLS
A THOUSAND WORDS
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
ALLEGIANT: THE DIVERGENT SERIES
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
BEST MAN HOLIDAY
BIG MOMMA: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
BRIDGE OF SPIES
BY THE SEA
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT
COWBOYS & ALIENS
DEATH AT A FUNERAL
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS
DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS
DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
EAT PRAY LOVE
EDDIE THE EAGLE
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
GLEE: THE CONCERT
GODS OF EGYPT
GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
HE NAMED ME MALALA
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
HOW DO YOU KNOW
HOW TO BE SINGLE
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
IDES OF MARCH
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
IRON MAN 2
I SAW THE LIGHT
JACK AND JILL
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN
JOSEPH AND MARY
JULIE AND JULIA
JUMPING THE BROOM
JUST GO WITH IT
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER
KATY PERRY: THE MOVIE PART OF ME
KUNG FU PANDA 3
LA LA LAND
LAND OF THE LOST
LIFE OF PI
LONDON HAS FALLEN
LOVE THE COOPERS
MARS NEEDS MOMS
MARVEL's THE AVENGERS
MEN IN BLACK 3
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL
MONICA AND DAVID
MOUNT ST. HELENS: BACK FROM THE DEAD
MOUNTAINS WITHOUT BARRIERS
MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
MY SOUL TO TAKE
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS
NOW YOU SEE ME
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
NO STRINGS ATTACHED
PAIN & GAIN
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THE MARKED ONES
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION
PEOPLE LIKE US
PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGE TIDES
PLAYING FOR KEEPS
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
PUSS IN BOOTS
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE
RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
RIDE ALONG 2
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
RULES DON'T APPLY
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
SNOW FLOWER AND SECRET FAN
SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN
SON OF SAUL
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
THAT'S MY BOY
THE 5TH WAVE
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
THE ART OF GETTING BY
THE BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
THE BIG SHORT
THE BIG YEAR
THE BOUNTY HUNTER
THE BOURNE LEGACY
THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY
THE BYE BYE MAN
THE CHANGE UP
THE DEVIL INSIDE
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
THE FINEST HOURS
THE FOURTH KIND
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
THE GREEN HORNET
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
THE KARATE KID
THE LADY IN THE VAN
THE LAST AIRBENDER
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
THE OTHER GUYS
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR
THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS
THE PLUTO FILES
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
THE THREE STOOGES
THE TOOTH FAIRY
THE TWILIGHT SERIES: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1
THE UGLY TRUTH
THE YOUNG MESSIAH
THINK LIKE A MAN
THIS IS 40
THIS MEANS WAR
TO ROME WITH LOVE
TOY STORY 2
TOY STORY 3
WE BOUGHT A ZOO
WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
WINNIE THE POOH
WON'T BACK DOWN
X-MEN FIRST CLASS
ZERO DARK THIRTY
ZOOLANDER NO. 2: THE MAGNUM EDITION
In addition to the collections to which we provide access, the WLBPD @ AADL offers a variety of services. For more information on the services provided by AADL to all, take a look at the Services page at aadl.org.
- All internet browsers on AADL computers feature a function allowing the user to make the type larger:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +. Or select "View" and "Text Size" from the menu bar.
- Mozilla Firefox Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +. Or select "View" and "Text Size" from the menu bar.
- Handheld Magnifiers Each AADL information desk has a collection of magnifiers for use within the library.
Assistive Technologies Lab
In the Assistive Technology Lab on the West side of the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library, you will find the following equipment located on adjustable elevator tables:
- Kurzweil 1000 scanning station Kurzweil 1000 text-to-speech software is available for use with the scanner and Braille embosser. Patrons can use this station to translate scanned and digital text to sound files or Braille with the output being a printed document or a sound file. The Braille embosser can print two-sided documents and is printed in a manner that documents can be easily bound. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their own headphones but headphones are also available for sale at the Circulation Desk.
- JAWS JAWS screen reading software is available on a PC in the Assistive Technology Lab. This PC also has a Braille display unit.
In addition, all public computing stations at all AADL locations can be set to JAWS mode. Please ask Information Desk if you need assistance setting a computer to JAWS mode. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their own headphones but headphones are also available for sale at the Circulation Desks.
- Closed-Circuit Reader Patrons can use a new closed-circuit television system to magnify print materials in either color or black & white mode. The CCTV is situated between the JAWS station and the Mac so that patrons may use it while also using a computer. Patrons are free to use this with personal or library materials.
- Mac A Mac is available with a large monitor for ease of viewing.
Assistive Technology Training
One-on-one assistive technology training is available in the Assistive Technology Lab on both a walk-in basis at the Downtown AADL on Tuesdays from 2-6pm, and also by appointment by calling (734) 327-4224.