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Libraries Without Walls 2019 - Registration Deadline is May 24, 2019
The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Braille and Talking Book Library is hosting the Libraries without Walls Conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm. This conference will be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing 48917. The purpose of this one-day conference is to introduce, demonstrate and provide to librarians, educators, and patrons instruction on how adaptive technology meets the information needs of persons with visual or physical impairments via the Internet, online catalogs and electronic media.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Emeritus, Paul Ponchillia will discuss Indoor Wayfinding utilizing mobile devices and other adaptive technologies.
Break-out Sessions: Attend up to 3 sessions from an array of topics including the latest in low-cost magnifiers, NVDA and Narrator free open source screen readers, Apple iOS, and more!
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind in the Grand Rapids Area- Summer 2019 Activities
VI Sports and Activity Day in Grand Rapids, June 8, 9 AM – 2 PM
Register at helendevoschildrens.org/ophthalmology
. This fun event has something for every child and family – any age! Goalball, beep baseball, tandem bicycles and tricycles, swimming, bouncy house, trampoline, arts and crafts, petting zoo, and more!
OUB Summer Camps for children who are blind or low vision
Openings in Cooking and Serving Camp, ages 10-19, June 16-21; and Elementary Camp, ages 7-12, June 30 – July 4 (10 AM pick up). Transportation available for low income children anywhere in Michigan! We will come pick up your child and bring them home! Contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Cars for a Cause, July 20, Grand Rapids
Benefit car show featuring cars from all over the state. Supports PRRF - research for children’s eye diseases, and Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind Summer Camps! Garage Kept Motors 420 36th St SE Grand Rapids, 49548. Includes Food Trucks and Entertainment! Cost $10/person or $25/family. Free parking. If you have a car to show, email photos by July 4 to: AJ@garagekeptmotors.com
.OUB Camps HAS
TRANSPORTATION FUNDS for any low income VI child in Michigan to attend our
MPVI Community Calendar - 2019 Summer Programs and Camps
To learn more about the following events, please refer to the Google Calendar on the Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments website at www.mpviweb.org
- June 8, 2019 VI Sports Day in Grand Rapids, MI at Wealthy Elementary.
- June 16-21, 2019 OUB Camp Cookin’ and Servin’ Camp Ages 10-19.
- June 23-28, 2019 OUB Camp Cookin’ and Servin’ Camp Ages 7-14.
- June 30- July 4, 2019 OUB Elementary Camp ages 7-12.
- June 9, 2018 9am-3pm NFB-MI-Birding by Ear and Beyond Environmental Interpretive Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
- DATE TBD Braille Beats Fine Arts Program @ Bear Lake Camp.
- June 24-28, 2018 Goalball-Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ages 8-16.
July 6, 2019-Lions Bear Lake Camp Open House- 12pm to 3:00pm Pre-registration, Lunch Provided.
July 7-13, 2019- Lions Bear Lake Camp, Level 1.
July 8-19, 2019 Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI) Summer Day Camp. Ages 6 to 10.
July 11-19, 2019 OUB Adventure Trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio. Ages 10-19.
July 21-27, 2019 Lions Bear Lake Camp, Level 2.
July 22-28, 2019 Michigan Tandem Blind Bikers Ride at the Cedar Lake, MI, Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Campgrounds (ages 14 and older).
July 29-Aug. 9, 2019 Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI) Summer Day Camp. Ages 11 to 14.August
August 4-11, 2019 NFB Sense-sational Adventures in Summer Science.
Save The Date
September 21-22, 2019 - MPVI Fall Membership Retreat in Lansing.
Braille Beats Fine Arts Program - June 15-23, 2019
The BRAILLE BEATS FINE ARTS PROGRAM Summer Residential Intensive is an experiential arts and independent living program specially designed to meet the unique needs of blind and visually impaired children, youth and young adults.
The MUSIC program includes the following areas: Music History; musical styles and forms; Instrument Exploration and individual instrument support; Music Theory, Form & Analysis, Rhythm & Ear Training; Music Notation including Music Braille; Performance: Solo & Ensemble; Concert Prep; Voice: Individual, Ensemble and Choir; Keyboarding; Composition; Improv; and Scale Olympics. This year all students will also learn ukulele. Activities include an interactive drum session, talent night, and "instrument petting zoo“. The Music faculty are degreed musicians.
ART focuses on experiencing a variety of media while having broad exposure to Art History, Styles and Forms as well as a concentration on the elements of design.
MOVEMENT sessions work on Spatial Orientation, Flexibility, Self-discipline and Relaxation Techniques. All students participate in Yoga and learn the basics of 1-touch Self Defense System (designed for blind and visually impaired persons). Climbing Wall and ZIp-Line experience ends the week.
INDEPENDENCE: Social Interaction, Navigation, Life Skills (ex. organization, personal management skills, note taking, manners, personal responsibility, wellness care, etc.); Technology Skills; Self determination skills; and Career Exploration are embedded throughout the program
NOTE: Spaces are limited. Applications are required and available upon request:
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com
. Please add BRAILLE BEATS to the subject line.
Michigan Hands & Voices(TM) - Meet & Greets - Save these Dates
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Family Day at Camp Tuhsmeheta, 10500 Lincoln Lake Rd, Greenville, MI.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - Traverse City Cherry Festival, Fun and Games for Special Kids, Open Space Park, Traverse City, MI.
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - Hands & Voices Annual Picnic at Rayner Park, 738 E Ash St., Mason, MI
Opportunities for you to have fun, meet other families that have Deaf or Hard of Hearing children, and to meet D/HH adults.
For more information and to sign up for the event, go to Event Brite page at
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2019 Meet-Greet Schedule
. 2019 Michigan Sports Education Camp for Youth with Visual Impairments on the campus of Western Michigan University