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VISIONS 2020: What's New in Technology for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Physically Disabled


Wednesday October 7, 2020: 9:00am to 9:00pm





Join us on Wednesday, October 7 on AADL.TV for a Virtual Vendor Fair featuring a variety of videos demonstrating the latest products and services for the blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled.

The 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.


View the Virtual Vendor Fair here


Virtual Presentations Premiering at 9AM on AADL.TV

Harnessing Adversity

Ingrid Ricks, New York Times bestselling author, writing coach, inclusion activist and inspirational speaker

Are you harnessing your adversity or is it harnessing you?

Devastated by her sudden inability to see her family’s faces or maneuver the world around her, recently blinded New York Times bestselling memoir author and personal storytelling coach Ingrid Ricks realized she had a choice: she could wallow in her grief, loss, fear and despair, or harness her adversity and channel it into something powerful. In this inspirational, action-provoking talk, Ricks takes audiences on her journey from darkness to light. She shares her struggles and the steps she continues to take to flip her adversity on its head and turn it into an asset. Along with detailing the mindset-changing tools she employs every day, Ricks challenges audiences to take a closer look at the struggles in their own lives and to ensure that they are doing what it takes to turn their adversity into a strength.

Independent Living for Blind Seniors

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

The Independent Living (IL) Program of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is a federal-state partnership providing services to Michigan residents age 55 and older who are visually impaired. Program participants are individuals whose severe visual impairment requires services that allow the participant to maintain their independence in their home.

Join BSBP staff for an overview of this program, including eligibility requirements, what to expect once you’re involved, and to hear about the success others have experienced by participating.

Technology Talk

J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys

Learn about the latest technology that can improve your quality of life. J.J. Meddaugh will discuss mobile phones and tablets including iPhone and Android devices, the latest in computer software, Braille displays, portable devices, smart assistants, and what's on the horizon.

J.J. Meddaugh is an accessibility consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, programmer, and overall tech geek, writer, and enthusiast. Specializing in bettering the lives of the blind and visually impaired through technology, training, and support, J.J. is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. He can be heard each week on the Blind Bargains Qast, a podcast focusing on access technology trends and reviews.

Live Q&A with Ingrid Ricks at 1PM

Take this opportunity to ask questions about Ingrid Rick's talk, Harnessing Adversity, and the Author Event for her best selling memoir, Hippie Boy, which will premiere on October 6 on AADL.TV.








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