VISIONS 2018: What's New in Technology and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Downtown Ann Arbor District Library
A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired. Electronic readers, magnifiers, support services for the blind, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display.
Ray's Red Hots will have a variety of offerings available for purchase from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Sighted assistants will be onsite 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
12:00 PM: William Robinson, III
Director, Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Meet BSBP Director, William Robinson, III, and hear him talk about his personal journey of hope and technology. As Director of BSBP, Robinson is responsible for the state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation, independent living and employment training services available to Michigan’s 200,000 blind and visually impaired citizens. He oversees operations of BSBP’s Training Center in Kalamazoo, the Braille and Talking Book Library in Lansing, and seven offices located throughout the state that administer a wide range of services including BSBP’s Business Enterprise Program, services for youth and seniors, and deaf blind services.
Before his appointment with the BSBP, Robinson, a certified public accountant (CPA), served as President and CEO of the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. Prior to becoming visually impaired as a result of a hunting accident in 2001, Robinson was the chief financial officer of National Linen Service, a division of National Service Industries. Robinson received vision rehabilitation services from the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, GA.
1:00 PM: Sina Bahram
Motivational Speaker and Founder, Prime Access Consulting, Inc.
Founder of Prime Access Consulting, Inc,, Sina Bahram is a computer scientist, scholar, consultant, and entrepreneur. Whether it’s talking about web accessibility, giving motivational speeches on overcoming obstacles to blindness, or simply presenting on his current research and how it can help people with disabilities, Sina loves engaging with both large and small audiences, all over the world.
Legally blind his entire life, Sina will share his story about being blind and how it affected and shaped his receiving an education, working for various high-tech companies, teaching himself programming, and pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science.
2:00 PM: Camila Chiriboga
Fashion Designer, Accessible Fashion for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Camila Chiriboga, winner of the 2017 “Disrupt Aging Design Challenge”, a design competition sponsored by AARP in collaboration with New York’s Parsons School of Design at The New School, will join us to talk about what it means to create accessible design for fashion, the importance of this kind of design, and its future possibilities.
“My passion lies at the intersection of fashion, health and technology. I believe clothing should be made for everyone to enjoy the luxury of looking good and feeling comfortable and confident. Design for me is the tool to provide functional features that will improve daily lives, creating garments that will serve to empower our bodies and minds. This way allowing us to confidently embrace who we are and shape who we want to be through fashion.”
3:00 PM: J.J. Meddaugh
President and Co-Founder, AT Guys
Back by popular demand! Join J.J. Meddaugh, to learn about the latest technology that can improve your quality of life. He will discuss accessible mobile phones and tablets including iPhone and Android devices, the latest computer software, portable devices, 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.
This biennial vendor fair is presented by the Ann Arbor District Library and is cosponsored by the State of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, with additional support provided by local Lions Clubs.
WLBPD@AADL to host the 2017 Midlands & Northern Regional Conference of Libraries Serving the Blind & Physically Handicapped: "Today's Vision: Tomorrow's Reality"
June 6-8, 2017, library staff from 22 states and the District of Columbia, will gather at the Downtown AADL for an annual meeting of National Library Service network libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped.
WLBPD@AADL Awarded 2014 Subregional Library of the Year!
The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year on Friday, June 19, 2015, during a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Library Director Josie Parker and Terry Soave, AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services accepted the award on behalf for WLBPD@AADL, now completing its sixth year of serving blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County.
The other award presented at the luncheon ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, was given to the The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library located in Lansing.
Both awards carry a $1,000 cash prize and a framed certificate for each library and its parent agency.
Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped, stated, “Today we commend these two libraries for their exceptional creativity and responsiveness in removing barriers to reading for people who are blind or are unable to use print materials.”
The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) serves approximately 500 patrons and circulates talking books and magazines on 15,949 digital cartridges. All public services staff of the Ann Arbor District Library are trained and available to provide WLBPD services.
This biennial vendor fair is presented by the Ann Arbor District Library and is cosponsored by the State of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
WLBPD 2014 Library of the Year Nomination
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WLBPD Patron Satisfaction Survey
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WLBPD State Aid
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