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Described Video Service/DVS

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:46pm

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AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_Video_Service| Descriptive Video Service or DVS] feature, which are more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. More films are being produced for children and adults [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/public/search/described%20video| that are Described Video Recordings] for [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/borrowing|L-Card users to borrow]. There are comedies, action, animation, horror and science fiction films available. Many can be sent by mail to [http://wlbpd.aadl.org|WLBPD patrons] as [https://nfb.org/free-matter|Free Matter for the Blind]. If there's a member of your family who has been missing out on movies due to low-vision, look at our [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/3724|list] of described videos that you can watch together!

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Public Event

Child In A Strange Country Exhibit Reception

Friday May 2, 2014: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library - 3rd Floor

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Survey for Parents on their Educational Perspectives

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 2:51pm

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The [http://www.pdrib.com/|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 [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pdribp|participation in this research].

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch

Wednesday May 7, 2014: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Adults And Teens Grade 6 And Up

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Film & Video Events

Film: "Going Blind"

Sunday June 15, 2014: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Adults And Teens Grade 6 And Up

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Support for Adults with ADHD

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm

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Are you or a loved one affected with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder|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, 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 [http://www.sallypalaian.com/money_matters_counseling_michigan.html|Sally Palaian, Ph.D] with a talk titled: "Shame Free Money Management for Individuals with AD/HD". For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

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Assistive Technology at AADL

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:39am

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Adults and children with visual or cognitive disabilities can have easy access to information and entertainment through several types of [http://wlbpd.aadl.org/wlbpd/assistivetech|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.

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WLBPD Holiday Books

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 9:14am

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[http://wlbpd.aadl.org/wlbpd/|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 [w:Christmas|Christmas] mysteries, romances, cookbooks, or holiday stories for young people. Titles like "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" (DB26048/BR7225) or "It's [w:kwanzaa|Kwanzaa] Time!" (DB42923) are available, as well as books about [w:hanukkah|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.

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WLBPD Produced Series on Digital Cartridge

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 1:32pm

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[http://wlbpd.aadl.org/|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 [http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/bard/bookshelf.htm|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.

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

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 8:09pm

[img_assist|nid=236071|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=158]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 [http://m.palmercommons.umich.edu/tags/directions-and-parking|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 [t:Ms|Ms. magazine] that it is "less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."