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Art Beyond Sight Tours at Seattle Art Museum-February-June

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The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all SAM locations and are free with advance registration.  The February 17th tour will include explore SAM’s modern art collection in the exhibition Big Picture: Art Since 1945. We will see abstractions ranging from light and airy to flat and geometric.


Saturday, February 17th
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us before the tour at 1 pm for light refreshments in Arnold Board Room. The tour starts at 1:30 pm and ends by 3 pm with opportunity for further conversation and refreshments afterward. To help with wayfinding, visitors will be greeted by docents at our main entrance, on the corner of First Ave. and Union St. This is an accessible entrance, which means that visitors taking ACCESS transportation or taxi can expect a drop off area and a ramp. If you are driving, this entrance is also where the parking garage elevator leads to.

Admission to the Museum is free for all Art Beyond Sight participants and their guests with advance registration.

To register, email or call Kelsey Donahue at (206) 654-3133.

When you register, you may also sign up for future tours.


Wednesday March 28:  Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Saturday April 21:   Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China

Wednesday May 23:   Australian Aboriginal Art

Saturday June 23:   Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson


A Touch of Braille: A Brief Intro to Braille System- March 5

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Interested in learning braille? Try our introduction to braille workshop!

The Touch of Braille workshops are offered several times a year. Sign-up for our newsletter to be notified of upcoming workshops. Join us for a fun two-hour introduction to braille system. Come learn braille basics, try it out, and see how it might be useful to you.

This two-hour workshop is intended to give you a brief look into the braille system and how learning braille may help you with your daily activities.

We will explore with you:

  • How braille was created
  • Introduction to the braille cell, letters of the alphabet, and numbers
  • Having fun with the first 10 letters of the alphabet through practice exercise sheets
  • Show and tell of various ways that braille could be helpful in our daily lives
  • Questions and answers
  • Next Steps


  • Where Sight Connection
  • When Monday March 5, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Register (206) 525-5556, Please remember to leave your name, phone number and/or email address so that we can reach you to confirm.

    We look forward to hearing from you!


    Keiko Namekata, CVRT

    Keiko has worked with blind and visually impaired adults for over 40 years in Illinois and Washington in various capacities; including teaching braille and other communication skills and managing the center-based alternative skills training program with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. Since her retirement in December of 2014, she has been volunteering at Sight Connection in various capacities. She hopes to incorporate braille as one of the unique services offered by Sight Connection to the community. She has used braille both professionally and personally throughout her life. One of her greatest pleasures now is reading print-braille books with her grandsons.

    Steve Skarpho

    Steve has been totally blind since the age of 11. He currently works for Comcast Cable. He was introduced to braille when he was 6 years old and uses braille in daily life at work and at home. His hobbies include reading audio books, listening to music and watching football games

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Touch the Sky tactile tours at The Museum of Flight

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The tactile tour experience for visitors with low or no vision

The Museum of Flight now offers sensory tours! Docent-led tours showcase the history, design and science behind select aircraft and help vision-impaired visitors experience a variety of aircraft up close. Participants wear white gloves to touch the aircraft surfaces; this helps them to understand how the aircraft were engineered and how their designs impacted aviation history.Tours last 90 minutes. The next tour is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 at 1:00 pm. To reserve a tour, contact Sean Mobley at 206-768-7151 or

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NanoCheetahBots visit Sight Connection

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Sight Connection recently welcomed NanoCheetahBots First Lego robotics team to our office to get feedback on the liquid level indicator they built. They won Champions Award in the Qualifiers and have moved to Semi Finals. Congratulations NanoCheetahBots! Nice work! They will now start working on improving the device based on all the feedback they got.

Sight Connection staff testing liquid level indicator
NanoCheetahBots team with their medals and trophy
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Seeking Volunteer Tactile Braille Readers!

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Help proofread books at Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

Call for volunteers! If you are a tactile braille reader in the Seattle area who can come to the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) for a weekly two-hour shift and want to help WTBBL make new books available to our patrons, contact David at (206) 615-0417 or (800) 542-0866, or by email at

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Holman Prize applications open in January

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Start dreaming and planning ahead!

photo: 2017 Holman Prize winners standing on beach smilingNamed after the 19th century blind world traveler James Holman, the Holman Prize empowers blind men and women from around the world to complete the journeys and projects of their dreams. Applications open on January 16, 2018. It’s never too soon to start planning your 90-second video pitch. Start thinking about what you’d do as a Holman Prizewinner! For more information visit

Click here to read about last year’s Holman Prize recipients.

Audio-described performance of Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ at 5th Avenue Theatre

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December 30 at 1:00pm at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Holiday Inn is a wonderful new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 Irving Berlin songs. The audio-described performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 30 at 1:00pm. For more information, please visit the 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office, email or call 206-625-1900 or 888-584-4849.

Braille and large print programs are both available, free of charge, at Coat Check, located in the lobby near Aisle 3. Programs are checked out with a valid ID and should please be returned at the end of the performance.  Braille programs are subject to availability.


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Call for website accessibility testers!

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The Accessibility Team at Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, is seeking people to test the accessibility of websites. Specifically, Oath is looking for people who:

    • Are Mac or PC users.
    • Are familiar with using a computer screen reader and/or screen magnification program to access websites, but are not an expert.
    • Can bring in their own laptop computer, desktop computer, smartphone, as the testing scenario dictates.

(Minors will be considered but would need parental permission, and a parent/adult must accompany the minor during the testing.)

User testing sessions usually run 60-90 minutes, and would take place in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please contact Gary at or 408-510-8775.

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