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Saturday Events for 2018

NATIONAL BRAILLE MONTH: CELEBRATING LOUIS BRAILLE AND LE PROCEDE
Saturday, January 27, 1:00-3:00 pm

For Louis Braille’s 209th birthday, we’re joining with students at the Kentucky School to tell the story of tactile books for the blind. Come help us celebrate! The event is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. For all ages.

LANDSCAPES FOR YOUR FINGERTIPS
February 24, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Create tactile artworks of new and remembered landscapes by using of textures, shapes, and layers to add depth and movement. Your completed landscape can be traveled with your fingertips. This class is taught by guest artist Jennifer Palmer. The workshop is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 8 and up.

BRAILLE READERS THEATER
March 16, 7-9 pm, March 17, 1-3 pm

APH’S Braille Readers Theater presents The Doctor In Spite of Himself, a classic work by the 17th century French playwright Moliere. Moliere has filled this fast and funny farce with witty comebacks, wordy misunderstandings, pranks, puns, and and mischief; he is considered one of the great masters of comedy in western literature. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for ages 10 and up.

EASTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, March 31, 10 am–3 pm

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Easter? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. The museum also has on display the first book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Easter treats and lemonade will be served. For all ages.

THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF BLIND SPORTS
Saturday, April 28, 1-3

From casual recreation to the Olympics and the Paralympics, people who are blind or visually impaired participate in every possible sport, from team sports like baseball and “goalball” to archery, cycling, golf, judo, swimming, and skiing. Meet athletes who have excelled at their sport, sometimes with special adaptive equipment but always through their own innate abilities and drive. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children aged eight and up.

THE FOREST IN YOUR FRONT YARD
Saturday, May 19, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

The park-like lawn of APH hosts a number of native trees and shrubs —just like the ones you find in your own front yards. Our guest naturalist, Rosemary Bauman, will help us explore them up close, with all our senses, to understand their changes through all four seasons, and to recognize the animals and insects that live in their bark and branches. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. For all ages.

KIDS’ DAY
Saturday June 2, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Join us for a celebration games and activities that help kids learn what it means to be blind. The event is free, but registrations are required. We’ll have some special activities related to the writer and human arts activist Helen Keller, as June 1 marks the 50th anniversary of her death. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Especially for kids ages 6-12.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

So do you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

So do you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS
Saturday, July 28, 1-3 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment at Bards & Storytellers, our popular arts, folklore, and performance series that celebrates entertainment industry traditions of people with vision loss. In addition to the performance, attendees will learn about the personal events and forces and shaped each performer’s career. Past guests include fiddler Michael Cleveland, deaf-blind storyteller Jag Einhorn, folk duo Tom & Cathy Arnold, and singer Terri Gibbs. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS
Saturday, August 25, 1-3 pm

Enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment at Bards & Storytellers, our popular arts, folklore, and performance series that celebrates entertainment industry traditions of people with vision loss. In addition to the performance, attendees will learn about the personal events and forces and shaped each performer’s career. Past guests include fiddler Michael Cleveland, deaf-blind storyteller Jag Einhorn, folk duo Tom & Cathy Arnold, and singer Terri Gibbs. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

COPING WITH VISION LOSS
Saturday, September 29, 1-3 pm

People new to vision loss must deal with the impact of diagnosis, learn about their eye condition, reconsider self-concepts, address a host of practical issues, and cope with a myriad of emotions. We have brought together a panel of experts to help tackle the tough questions. Come and be part of the discussion. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

HALLOWEEN MASKMAKING
Saturday, October 20, 10:30-12:30

Masks have been a part of many cultures throughout history. They are useful for hiding identities, but also for inciting fear or awe or other emotions. Sighted people tend to depend on the visual for their effects, but textures and shapes can convey emotions as well. Museum staff will guide participants of all ages and abilities as they make scary or friendly Halloween masks and headdresses using tactile materials. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

RECLAIMING THE DREAM: REHABILITATION FOR BLINDED VETERANS in WWI
Saturday, November 10, 1-3 pm

This Veterans Day program honors the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who returned home from their service during the “War to End All Wars” with damaged vision. Unlike later generations of wounded vets, these young men encountered a system unprepared for the nature of their wounds and uncertain about the role of the nation in rehabilitating a blinded soldier. The program explores the birth of modern rehabilitation in field hospitals behind the lines and the Evergreen Army Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and reveals how the sinking of the Lusitania impacted the story. You will meet a modern dog guide team and explore the beginnings of the dog guide movement. Veterans of modern day conflicts who will contrast their own incredible experiences with the doughboys and swabbies who survived the “Great War.” Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for older children and adults.

THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 24, 10-3

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. The museum also has on display the first book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Holiday goodie and hot cider will be served. Registration is not required. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am -12:30 pm

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament, card, or holiday decoration. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.