Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
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June 13, 2017 - Librarians, educators and patrons from around the state met today to learn from experts on how adaptive technology can meet the information needs of the visually or physically impaired via the Internet, online catalogs and electronic media. The daylong event, held at Lansing Community College, was sponsored by the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
"The understanding and accessibility of cutting-edge technology can be a vital communication and learning resource for Michigan residents with disabilities," BSBP Director Bill Robinson said. "Our bureau is focused on providing a diverse set of quality services to ensure that blind individuals have the opportunities they need to achieve active employability and independence."
The event featured keynote Larry Lewis, president of Flying Blind LLC (shown in photo), who spoke on adaptive technology in the workplace environment utilizing cloud computing. Participants attended up to three breakout sessions from an array of topics including Google’s Chromebox screen reader, Android accessibility, NVDA open source screen reading, Apple iOS, and Voice Over, Amazon Echo vs. Google Home, training opportunities for teachers, screen enlargement and magnification, and an overview of the new BrailleNote Touch.
For more information on the above topics, please contact Scott Norris, adaptive technology librarian, BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library, 800-992-9012, firstname.lastname@example.org. Michigan residents can find more information on technology related to blindness and visual impairment on the BTBL resource page here.
The BSBP provides training and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and/or independence in the careers of their choice. These services include:
For more information about BSBP visit www.michigan.gov/bsbp or call toll-free: 800-292-4200, TTY 888-864-1212.
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