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Performers

Annie Sullivan Speaks

Wednesday June 18, 2014: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Crafts

Craft Your Name in Braille

Friday June 20, 2014: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade K - 5

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Read with Feeling

Tuesday June 17, 2014: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grades K - 5

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Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Thursday June 19, 2014: 10:30am to 11:15am
Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner
Hearing Infants And Toddlers, 6 Months - 2 Years, With An Adult

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Adult ADHD & Relationships

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:38am

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Are you or a loved one affected with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/adult%20attention%20deficit|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 [http://wash.k12.mi.us/adminandcommdept/WISDDirections.php|WISD Teaching and Learning Center] each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 27th from 7:00-8:30 pm. This meeting is about Relationships and AD/HD, given by [http://www.childrensdmc.org/arthurrobin|Dr. Arthur Robin]. He will provide audience members with practical advice for how to succeed in intimate relationships with AD/HD. After reviewing AD/HD’s impact on relationships, he will discuss strategies for couples to improve their relationships; optimize AD/HD education and adjust attitudes. For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

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VISIONS 2014 Vendor Fair: What's New In Technology And Services for the Blind And Visually Impaired

Wednesday May 14, 2014: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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From Obstacles to Opportunities

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:55am

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The [http://www.annarborcil.org/|Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] invites you to an event for [http://www.coachfederation.org/coachingweek/|International Coaching Week]- [http://www.annarborcil.org/events/?event_id=76093|From Obstacles to Opportunities!] Coaching for Improved Employment Outcomes: Using your strengths as building blocks for your best self. The event will be on Wednesday, May 21, from 10 am – 12 pm at the Ann Arbor CIL. [http://www.managingyourmind.com/|Geraldine Markel], Ph.D. will speak about managing your mind for learning and performance and there will be mini-speed coaching sessions by career and abilities coaches from around the community. RSVP and request accommodations at: careerservices@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 x 27.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 1:48pm

[img_assist|nid=261923|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=103]May 15th is [http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/|Global Accessibility Awareness Day!]

Stemming from a seemingly innocuous blog post in 2011 by a Los Angeles based web developer, Global Accessibility Awareness Day is now an international event with efforts to draw attention to digital accessibility, or lack there of. Challenge yourself any time at a computer by changing your digital habits: go mouse-less for an hour and use only key strokes to navigate your favorite website, or try re-sizing the text on your browser to 200% and check for any losses in content or functionality. You can also learn more about joining an in-person [http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/events.html|international] or [http://www.meetup.com/Detroit-User-Experience/events/178764962/|local] event.

And don't forget about resources and assistive technology offered through the [:wlbpd|Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped] at AADL, and the large print books available for check-out in the [:catalog|catalog!]

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Child in a Strange Country: Exhibit and Events

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:05pm

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The traveling exhibit from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, "Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" officially opens this Friday, May 2, with a [:node/258012|reception] featuring library director Josie Parker, Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson, harpist Deborah Gabrion, and refreshments.

But the exhibit is already assembled enough (in the Downtown Library's lobby and 3rd floor) to see it will be fun and informative featuring a big globe with raised features, selections of writing such as Valentin Hauy’s tactile book and Louis Braille’s dot code, and insights, events, and photographs from Helen's life.

The title of the exhibit comes from Anne Sullivan's report about Helen in which she said, “For the first two years of her intellectual life she was like a child in a strange country,” and noted that no learning was possible until she could overcome the communication barrier posed by blindness and deafness. With that in mind, “Child in a Strange Country” explores four primary subjects: Reading, Science, Math, and Geography. Using Helen Keller’s educational journey as a lens, the exhibit uses tactile reproductions and authentic artifacts to uncover the roots of modern education for children with vision loss. The exhibit is designed to be fully accessible and interactive. You can touch and explore that big globe as much as you want.

If the exhibit whets your appetite, come see [:node/235669|Child in a Strange Country or Why is Helen Keller at the Water Pump the Only Person Who Was Blind that Most Americans Know?], on Sunday, May 4 from 2 - 3:30 PM, a talk by Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson in which he explores major advances in learning and literacy since 1784 for people who are blind or visually impaired, introducing characters that most people do not know. Also join us on Wednesday, May 7 from 7 - 8:30 PM for [:node/255274|Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch], in which UM Performing Arts Technology Professor Sile O'Modhrain discusses touch, communication, and Helen Keller.

You may also be interested in [:node/230881|Visions 2014] in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Wednesday, May 14 from 10 AM - 3 PM, where a variety of exhibitors demonstrate the latest products and services for people with vision loss. The fair also features presentations by guest speakers from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled, UM Kellogg Eye Center, WLBPD @ AADL, and the AT Guys.

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Birding by Ear and Beyond

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:10pm

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The Environmental Interpretive Center is partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to "Celebrate Urban Birds." On the morning of May 17, at 10am, they will be meeting at [http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/gallup/Pages/default.aspx/|Gallup Park Canoe Livery] in Ann Arbor. The day will be filled with birding along the shore of the [http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/Environment/soe07/viableecosystems/Pages/HuronRiver.aspx/|Huron River] and for an extra opportunity to hear waterfowl they will be canoeing on the river. Lunch will be provided in the park while celebrating urban birds through art and song until 2pm. This free event is sponsored by the Center's "Birding by Ear and Beyond" program, which offers an auditory experience for blind and visually impaired individuals. All are welcome to join. For further information contact Donna Posont at (313) 220-8140 or dposont@umich.edu.