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Saturday Workshops for Adults And Families

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED: WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
June 20 and July 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

You will be inspired by the story of Louis Braille, only twelve when he conceived the writing system that changed the lives of blind people all over the world. Learn the basics of Louis's alphabet and practice writing on a braille slate and a braillewriter. Advanced students will learn more about braille contractions and whole word signs, as well as how to write music and do math with braille. Participants may attend one session, or both! Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for children ages 8-14.

Summer 2015 Film Festival

This summer we are screening three recent documentaries about blindness. Admission is free, but registration is required. Each movie features plenty of traditional theater treats, is presented with audio description for the blind, and is followed by a moderated discussion. Admission is free, but space is limited so registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for older children and adults.

June 27, 12:30-2:30 GOING BLIND (2010)

Directed and produced by a filmmaker slowly losing his sight, Going Blind explores the many kinds of vision loss through the personal stories of six individuals. It emphasizes how much is available in terms of special materials and products for the blind, new technology, low vision therapy, and vision enhancement techniques.

July 25, 12:30-2:30 THE EYES OF ME (2009)

The Eyes of Me follows four teens in the residential program at the Texas School for the Blind over the course of one school year, capturing their experiences with dating, academic responsibilities, fitting in, family problems, and preparing for life after high school.

August 22, 12:30-2:30 BLINDSIGHT (2006)

Blindsight relates how six Tibetan teenagers, all blind, reached the 23,000 summit of Mount Lhakpa Ri, practically next door to Everest, with their teacher, a blind educator and adventurer who established the first school for the blind in Tibet, and their guide, blind mountaineer and adventurer Eric Weihenmeyer. It is also about the challenges of being blind, the important of building confidence in young people, and the clash of Western and Tibetan notions of success.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: THE KOBZARI
September 26, 2015, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Bards & Storytellers celebrates entertainment industry traditions in the blind community. No story is more fascinating than that of the Kobzari, the itinerant musicians of Ukraine. For centuries, this profession was reserved for the blind. They were members of guilds that set standards for training and performance and provided the singers with protection and support. That all changed with the advent of communism and Stalin's repression of national cultures in the 1930s. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for older children and adults.

HALLOWEEN MASKS
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children age 5 and up.

RECLAIMING THE DREAM: THE STORY OF REHABILITATION FOR BLINDED VETERANS
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m.

Our Veterans Day program honors the thousands of American soldiers, sailors, and airmen who returned home from their service with damaged vision. These young men and women pioneered techniques for "foot travel" that made it possible for blind people everywhere to break barriers and achieve their aspirations. The program explores the birth of modern rehabilitation, the origins of orientation and mobility, a screening of the classic 1953 documentary "The Long Cane," and the personal stories of recent graduates of V.A. programs. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for older children and adults.

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in this award-winning museum. See "Denver the Guide Dog," a Discovery Channel video about how a puppy becomes a dog guide and is matched with a new owner. Holiday goodies and hot cider will be served. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CARD FACTORY
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired "see" with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament to decorate your home for the holidays. Make unique holiday cards as well. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children age 5 and up.



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