Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
2021 Virtual Conference and Convention
Saturday, September 18, 2021
- Questioning the Limitations of Vision Loss, Joseph Koury, Author and Tony Swartz, Facilitator. The presentation will include a discussion based on the book, “Seeing without Eyes,” considering multi-sensory development as a response of adaptation to vision loss. When at 19, Joe suddenly lost his vision, out of despair and fearing that he would be a burden to his family, he decided to embark on a trip hitch hiking across the United States. More than just a cross country journey, it turned out to be a quest of exploration and development of his remaining senses. Joe will briefly chronicle his journey and describe the abilities he developed, allowing him to build a successful life both personally and financially.
- Enlightening News from LAMP, Andrea Lemoins, Outreach Coordinator, Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians. Many changes have occurred at our regional NLS libraries since we last heard from them at the PCB Conference. A new name, new equipment, and new outreach opportunities to name a few. You don’t want to miss the update from this invaluable community resource.
- Focusing on Diversity. This discussion will share a variety of life perspectives from persons of varying ethnicities and races who are blind or visually impaired. Panelists will share some of the biases and challenges they face regularly within the vision loss community. They will explore ways for increasing diversity and inclusivity within the council.
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