Hey, I’m going to be on Wisconsin Public Radio tomorrow morning from 11 to 11:45 am (Central Time), and you don’t even have to live near Madison to join the conversation. Would love to hear from you — Use the toll-free call-in number (1-800-642-1234) or you can e-mail your Question to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be appearing with Jay Martin (director of the University of Wisconsin’s Assistive Rehabilitation and Technology Design sequence) and we’ll talk about communication devices and adaptive technology. I’ll also be touting the Vision Midwest Conference that 12 State, Inc is putting on at Alliant Energy Center in Madison this weekend. From their web
The Vision Midwest Conference for blind and visually impaired individuals and the professionals who serve them offers educational, sports and cultural opportunities with a Midwestern focus.
The presenter schedule is pretty entertaining to read – it lists presentations on everything from careers to cell phones, cutting edge stem cell treatments to sensory gardening. And get this for a session title: “A Guide to the Solar System with Digital Talking Text.” Whew! Sounds interesting, but I might opt for the “Home Brew/Distillery Tour” during that time slot instead.
During free time we’re invited to go on tactile tours of local art museums, participate in talking GPS scavenger hunts, try out a VIYM (Visually Impaired Yoga Mat), and ride tandems on Madison’s fabulous bike paths. And hey, what would a conference in Wisconsin be with out a bowling tournament? This one is at an alley with an absolutely perfect Wisconsin name: Schwoegler’s.
I’m giving two presentations on Friday: one on writing as a career at 1pm, and another about blind blogging at 4 p.m. Mike will join me on Saturday — he’s sitting on a panel about relationships where one spouse is sighted and the other is blind.
Okay, enough. My bus for Madison leaves in a few hours, and I’d better get packing. If you have any questions about adaptive technology or this weekend’s Vision Midwest Conference, I hope you’ll call into the show tomorrow — I’ll be all ears.