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MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS TRAVELLING ART SHOW FEATURING WORK OF AREA ARTISTS WITH VISION LOSS

Low-Vision Artists’ Exhibition to Help Raise Awareness of New Resource for People with Vision Loss

MILWAUKEE, Wis. –  A compelling and innovative art show, “Through the Lens of Others: A Tribute to the Mind’s Eye,” is open to the public at the Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., now through Friday, November 9, 2012.  The exhibition has been travelling throughout the city in an effort to raise awareness of Connections in Sight, a coalition whose members offer area residents support should they be diagnosed or struggling with changing vision/vision loss.

Each piece in the art exhibition is the work of an area artist with low vision, exemplifying that people who have vision loss can have meaningful and productive lives. Linda Vincent, Management Librarian of the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, states “Only about 10% of people with blindness cannot see anything. Most people with vision loss can perceive some level of light and form. Both visually impaired and totally blind people are able to produce art that truly is inspired.”

The art exhibition and easy-to-navigate web portal – www.connectionsinsight.org – are initiatives of Connections in Sight, which is comprised of these Milwaukee-based organizations: Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE), Vision Forward Association, Beyond Vision, Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc., and the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library. 

Cheryl Orgas, Executive Director of ABLE, says “Connections in Sight is here to help. This easy-to-navigate web portal provides information on specialized services and support, training resources, a link to employment opportunities, and advice on maintaining quality of life. We want people to learn about our services and to rely on them to stay active, as contributing members of our society”.

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