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World Sight Day 2017: Lunch & Learn
October 13, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)
Join TADL’s Talking Book Library (TBL) on Friday, October 13 for a special Lunch & Learn program in observance of World Sight Day. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held in early October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
Bring family and friends, along with a “brown bag” lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the library.
This year’s guest speaker is Scott Norris, Adaptive Technology Librarian for the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Braille and Talking Book Library.
Also, in recognition that 80% of visual impairment is avoidable (i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable), and to promote eye health awareness, members of the Onekama Lions Club will be at the event to offer free Vision Screening.
For more information, please call the Talking Book Library staff: (231)-932-8558
About Scott Norris
Scott works for the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Braille and Talking Book Library where he is the Adaptive Technology Librarian. He trains patrons on the use of current audio and braille technology. He consults with eMichigan, the state’s Web development agency, on the accessibility of a wide variety of software applications for use by state government employees and the public. He also consults with libraries around the state on their accessibility needs regarding software, hardware and sensitivity training.
Scott provides reader advisory service to patrons throughout the state and is the BARD administrator for Michigan. BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is the online, downloadable service provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to provide access to braille and audio materials. He has been putting on a monthly Computer Club for the past 5 1/2 years and a Book Club for 3 years. Both have a devoted following.
Since 1997, Scott has been coordinating a biannual conference called Libraries Without Walls. LWW is a technology conference that showcases current and emerging technologies that allows library patrons with a variety of disabilities to access library materials, social networks and the Internet.
He’s been a state employee for 16 years. His favorite aspects of his job include talking to patrons and problem-solving their technology needs. For 8 years he has been the president of the Alliance of State Employees with Disabilities.