[nfbmi-talk] visions 20 20 fair notice from mcb list

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Thu Apr 29 17:49:25 UTC 2010

News Release

                                                                                               Media Contacts:  Susan Turney, MCB, 517.241.8631

                                                                                                                 Tim Grimes, AADL,   734.327.4265


Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor                                                              Email:
mediainfo at michigan.gov

Stanley “Skip” Pruss, DELEG Director
turneys at michigan.gov

grimest at aadl.org

VISIONS 2010 Vendor Fair in Ann Arbor May 12

Demonstrates Latest Technology for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

April 29, 2010 - The Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), which also serves as the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (WLBPD), is presenting
VISIONS 2010—believed to be the state’s largest vendor fair of technology for people who are blind or visually impaired—on Wednesday, May 12, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. The Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB) and
Washtenaw Community College are co-sponsors of this event.

Doors will open for VISIONS 2010 at 10 a.m.  There is no admission charge and ample free parking is available.  There will be a special opening session
at 10:30 a.m. with remarks by Michigan Commission for the Blind Consumer Services Director Leamon Jones, who will welcome participants to VISIONS 2010
and briefly describe MCB’s services, and Ann Arbor District Library Director Josie Parker, who will highlight features and services of the Washtenaw Library
for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

VISIONS 2010 highlights:

·         Hands-on demonstrations and conversations with vendors. Magnifiers, support services for the blind, electronic readers, Braille devices, library
services, CCTVs, guide dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display.

·         A variety of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages available on-site, sold by a Michigan Commission for the Blind Business Enterprise Program vendor.

·         Sighted volunteers available to assist throughout the day.

·         Special group demonstrations offered every hour in the program room:

o        11:00 a.m., Kellogg Eye Center, “What’s new in vision research?”

o        Noon, Leader Dogs for the Blind

o        1:00 p.m. Low-vision devices demonstrated by MEE, Inc. & GW Micro

o        2:00 p.m. Downloading from the National Library Service's
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
site, presented by the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD @ AADL)

o        3:00 p.m. Newsline, with over 300 newspapers available by phone.

For more information about VISIONS 2010, visit
or call the Ann Arbor District Library at 734-327-4555.

Washtenaw Library for the Blind And Physically Disabled @ AADL in Washtenaw County is a free service administered by the Ann Arbor District Library.   It
is part of a network of libraries throughout the state that loan books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (recorded cassette, digital cartridge,
Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed

materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations.  A cassette or digital player and materials are mailed at no cost as Free
Matter for the Blind.  In addition to mailed materials, all eligible individuals also have access to over 16,000 titles available for download through
the National Library Service's
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
site. In Ann Arbor, the WLBPD collection is housed in the Downtown AADL location at 343 South Fifth Avenue at the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street.
 For more information on these services in Washtenaw County, visit
or call (734) 327-4224.  For other areas of the state, please call 1-800-992-9012 to be referred to the library for the blind and physically handicapped
serving your area.

For more than 30 years, the Michigan Commission for the Blind has provided training and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired
to achieve independence and/or employment in the careers of their choice, annually serving nearly 4,000 state residents.  For more information, visit
or call toll-free:  voice 1-800-292-4200; TTY 1-888-864-1212.

The Michigan Commission for the Blind is part of the Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG), which is investing in Michigan's future by preparing
for the new energy economy, helping to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, ensuring that our children and adults have the skills these jobs demand,
making Michigan a better place to do business, and training and placing those who need jobs now.

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