Thursday, October 1, 2009

October is... World Blindness Awareness Month

A lot of things are happening at the library this month! We've got gardening classes, courtyard celebration at the East Branch, a low vision fair, safety first program, and the beginning of our One Book One Arlington. In honor of this and more, I will be blogging this month about many different ways in which October is important.

October is World Blindness Awareness Month and Meet the Blind Month. The National Federation of the Blind is also celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. In conjunction with the local chapter of the NFB, the library is proud to spread the word by having its first low vision fair. On October 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. come to the George W. Hawkes Central Library to
  • Connect with low vision resources
  • Try out new equipment Discover new living skills
  • Link to community support groups Get YOUR questions answered!
It's hard to speak about being blind without thinking of Helen Keller. I want to share my favorite video of her from YouTube where she and her lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan, demonstrate how she was able to communicate.

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