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InSights into Blindness: A Celebration of Blindness Awareness Month

The State Library’s Talking Book Services partners with the SC School for the Deaf and Blind to sponsor an informational workshop for library staff, educators, and others who work with individuals who are blind or low vision. Participants will learn ways to accommodate patrons or students as well as agencies to contact when they encounter someone in need of services. Approved for teacher recertification credit!

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


  • Keynote speaker Erica Powell
  • ADA and Accommodation--How small adjustments can make a difference in access
  • Blindness Sensitivity and Service Animal Etiquette
  • JAWS software demo and computer accessibility
  • Exhibits and informational materials from state and local agencies who serve the needs of the visually impaired

Keynote speaker Erica Powell:
Erica Powell graduated from Clemson University in 2015 where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. During her time at Clemson, Erica was a scholarship student athlete on the Clemson Cheerleading team. Erica is a cancer survivor and has had progressive vision loss since childhood as a result of her cancer treatment. As a student athlete with a visual disability, Erica recognized the opportunity to advocate for disability pride and self-advocacy during her time at Clemson. Since making that realization, Erica has become an entrepreneur, is the EQUIP Coordinator for the EQUIP Leadership Group with ABLE SC, and travels the country as a Professional Inspirational Speaker. Through speaking, Erica gets to use her personal story of overcoming barriers in life to teach audiences how to create an unstoppable mindset and reach their greatest potential! Erica is a marathon runner, fitness enthusiast, business owner, and lover of her crazy lab puppy named Grant!

Librarians, library staff, teachers, media specialists, and anyone who works with individuals who are blind or low vision

South Carolina State Library staff

Free (registration required)
Parking is free at the museum, and the museum will be open until 8:00 for participants to visit.

South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 

Questions about the session?  Contact: 

Kaitlyn Hodges
South Carolina State Library 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
10:00AM - 3:00PM
South Carolina State Museum
Continuing Education Special Needs
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