VISIONS 2012: What's New in Technology and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
10am-3pm

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

  • Free admission
  • Free parking
  • Sighted assistants
  • Product demonstrations
  • Speaker presentations
  • 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

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Public Hearing Notice: Tonight

HUDHUD

The Ann Arbor City Council will devote some of their meeting time tonight soliciting non-profit providers and community participation for input on the 2010-11 Annual Action Plan for the General Fund budgets for Housing and Human Services. In other words: If you have an interest in hearing about Federal Funding for affordable housing in our community or have something to say, come early and sign up to share your comment tonight.

Unspoken Rules of Work

workwork

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living continues their career development workshop series with Unspoken Rules of Work. Land the job & survive the first 90 days! A lot goes on in the workplace. Workplace culture and dynamics are tricky to navigate, and the “unspoken rules of work” can make or break you. In this workshop, learn what it takes to get ahead and stay ahead, so that you can be your most successful self! This is a 2-Part workshop on Monday, Februrary 8 & Wednesday, Februrary 10 at 10 am to 12 pm each day. To register, email Julia Plaggemeyer at jplaggemeyer@aacil.org or call 734-971-0277, ext. 21.

Services

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.

Assistive Technologies

  • 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.

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