This thread is to discuss the Accessible Lathe program, initiated by the AAW. Please join in. The following is a portion of the AAW newsletter sent earlier this month:
The AAW was one of eleven arts organizations in the Twin Cities recently awarded grants for projects to make the arts more accessible to people with disabilities. The American Association of Woodturners received $15,000 to create curriculum materials and guidelines for instructors to use in assisting blind and low vision community members to discover the craft of woodturning. Under the leadership of Linda Ferber, AAW Program Director, the project will also develop resources and techniques to enable current woodturners experiencing vision loss to remain involved with their woodturning activities. The project will include research, consultation, instructor training, and a pilot class to test and refine the curriculum. When completed in early 2013, the curriculum materials will be available digitally to all of our members and local chapters at no cost.