[Athen] FW: Join us for the Blindness Symposium; March 6

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Mon Feb 9 06:11:08 PST 2009

Some of you may be interested in this event.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lori [mailto:twilight2 at kconline.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2009 1:40 PM
To: ron at ahead.org
Subject: Join us for the Blindness Symposium; March 6


Can you assist me in getting this posted to the ATHEN mailing list and
anywhere else that might be appropriate. There is a lot of content in this
event that may have appeal for a number of folks. I sent it a couple of days
ago and I received a message that the moderator was reviewing. I know it is
a lot, so if you see fit to cut it down or remove some of the attachments,
please let me know. Also, I am one of the coordinators for the exhibit room
and if anyone would like a table, please have them contact me. We're getting
close to capacity, but there's a possability we could add. There is no
charge to attend or to be an exhbiter.

Thank you,
Lori M. Miller

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lori" <twilight2 at kconline.com>
To: "O M" <oandm at lists.aerbvi.org>
Cc: <visionrehabtherapist at freelists.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 11:19 PM
Subject: [visionrehabtherapist] Join us for the Blindness Symposium; March 6

> Please share this as appropriate. There are a few attachments with more

> details and you can always contact me with additional questions. Our

> line-up

> continues to grow!








> This note is meant to announce that a high-profile blindness symposium is

> to

> occur in McKenna Hall on the campus of The University of Notre Dame on

> Fri., 6 March, 2009, from 9:00-5:45. Please forward to

> anyone you believe might have an interest in this, perhaps posting an

> advisory in any newsletter or podcast to which you contribute.


> Because the greater South Bend, Indiana, area is reasonably close to

> Chicagoland, southern Michigan, Indianapolis, and Ohio, a significant

> number

> of persons will potentially find it feasible to attend. The highest

> profile

> facets of this event are the

> keynote address by Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National

> Federation of the Blind; and the presence of Olympic gold medal-winning

> swimmer and entrepreneur Adolph Kiefer. Dr. Maurer will be on center

> stage roughly from 10:45 A.M. to 12:30 P.M and will speak directly to

> the enormous gap that remains in respect to employment of the blind in

> 21st century America. Kiefer will participate while a paper on a new

> swimming

> navigational aid for the blind is presented at 3:30 in the afternoon.


> Another noteworthy fact is that this upcoming symposium has been

> created at Notre Dame and is being administered by an ND

> special professional named Dr. Essaka Joshua, who conducts and supervises

> academic

> research in the area of disability studies. So this will be first and

> foremost an academic conference put on by one of North America's most

> prestigious institutions of higher learning. To that end, papers about

> the

> literary and

> historical significance of blindness through the ages will be formally

> presented by scholars from universities both in the USA and in Europe.

> Athletically-minded attendees and parents of blind swimmers will be able

> to

> see first-hand a brand-new, highly affordable navigational aid called

> AdapTap that blind swimmers may use to keep their bearings in the often

> confusing and fast-moving

> environment of a swimming pool. Attached to this message are both a flier

> and a poster describing the formal part of this symposium. These are

> official promotional pieces created at Notre Dame, and both the flier and

> poster are suitable for immediate handout or mounted display. They are

> accessible to blind computer users as well, if opened in any version of

> Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat identified as 7.x or later, in conjunction

> with either JAWS for Windows or Window-Eyes screen reading software.




> In addition, there is a second aspect to the March 6 symposium, intended

> to

> line up with the practical needs of teachers or members of the blind

> community: Following Dr. Maurer's time in the spotlight and a brief lunch

> break, the afternoon will feature a technology fair that

> runs concurrently with the last three paper presentations. As a

> part of that tech fair, we will present four focused seminars of

> practical and educational significance to special education teachers,

> vocational rehabilitation professionals, blind persons, and family members

> or friends of blind persons. The lineup for these presentations, as it

> stands now, is as follows:


> 2:00 PM: Select members from the leadership team of GW Micro (makers of

> the

> BrailleSense Plus notetaker and the Window-Eyes screen reading program,

> based in Fort Wayne, Indiana).


> 3:00 PM: Wade Wingler of the Easter Seals Crossroads Assistive

> Technology Center in Indianapolis. Wade discusses the new INDATA

> Project making technology affordable for members of the disabled

> community who earn a low income and/or who do not qualify for direct

> state funding assistance.


> 4:00 PM: The Sendero Group, featuring accessible GPS solutions and

> other leading-edge portable technology for the blind.


> 5:00 PM: Hadley School for the Blind, based in Winnetka, Illinois.

> Hadley has provided distance learning opportunities in Braille, in

> large print, and now online, for nearly 90 years to blind citizens of

> more than 100 countries.


> In addition to the presenters listed above, we are expecting

> demonstration/informational booths to be staffed by adec Inc., Bosma

> Enterprises, Cross Roads-Easter Seals, Eye Can See, GW Micro, Hadley

> School

> for the Blind, the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library, the National

> Federation of the Blind of Indiana, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic,

> Sendero Group, and the Social Security Administration, among others.


> Last but not least, we hope to get a sneak peek at some experimental

> navigational technology not yet released to the general public that is

> being

> developed and tested in

> the nations that make up the European Union. At least one of these

> experimental devices never has been seen before in North America.

> Attached

> to this message is a detailed description of these and all other

> exhibitors

> who have agreed thus far to participate. The description is formatted so

> that it should open in any version of Microsoft Word released since the

> year

> 1998.




> Both the academic conference and the technology fair will be open at

> no charge to the general public. But because space in the auditorium and

> demonstration rooms is limited, registration is strongly encouraged.




> If you wish to attend, or if you have a question relating specifically to

> the academic portion of the March 6 program, please send a message to

> BlindnessSymposium at gmail.com.




> For more information about the technology fair portion of the afternoon's

> proceedings, you are encouraged to write personally to one or both of the

> co-coordinators: Kane Brolin kbrolin65 at gmail.com or Lori Miller

> Lori at asmodean.net.


> Sincerely,


> Kane Brolin

> Office: (5..., Ext. 1

> Mobile: (574)386-8868



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