Michigan celebrates Blindness Awareness Month
It’s a beautiful fall day in Michigan, but did you know that almost 8 percent of people in Macomb County might not be able to see it? Low vision and blindness affect approximately 6.5 million people in the United States, which is why October is Blindness Awareness Month.
Luckily, for those living in Macomb County, low vision and blindness doesn’t have to mean the end to enjoying certain activities, like reading. Housed in the Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s Main Library, Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) serves residents of Macomb County, who qualify, by providing audio books and players, large print books, equipment that enlarges text, equipment for printing Braille materials and more.
Anyone who has a vision issue or cannot physically hold a book may qualify for this service. In addition to free materials by mail, MLBPH also offers free computer training, assistive technology demonstrations, reference and informational services, bi-focal kits, a newsletter via mail, or audio version available online and more. MLBPH even has a Braille embosser, adapted computer workstation with JAWS and ZoomText, a close captioned TV and hand-held magnifiers to check out.
Applications can be found online at www.cmpl.org/MLBPH and must be signed by a doctor, nurse, therapist or other “competent authority” outside of immediate family. The application will also include an area for the user to fill out preferences for books, magazines and descriptive videos. Having low vision, blindness or a physical handicapped that affects the use of arms doesn’t have to end your ability to enjoy the library. Visit MLBPH or call at (586) 286-1580 to learn more about the service offered right in your community.
Jamie Morris is a community relations specialist for the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. For more information on the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, visit http://www.cmpl.org.