News & Notes Ryan Braun September 12, 2021

News & Notes

MY LIFE MAGAZINE - FALL 2021
CHEERS TO CABVI

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) partnered with West Side Brewing to release Braille Ale this summer. The limited edition raspberry gose features Braille’s characteristic raised dots on the can.

This is the second year of this partnership, a collaborative effort to make consumer products accessible to all people. The teams at CABVI and West Side Brewing hope that including Braille will be the new standard for a variety of consumer products. A portion of all Braille Ale proceeds supports CABVI and empowers those with vision impairment to lead independent lives.

 

PODCAST EXPLORES LOST CINCINNATI HISTORY

Urbanist Media recently wrapped the first season of a new podcast, “Lost Voices of Cincinnati.” The four-episode series explores the rich African American history of Cincinnati and focuses on neighborhoods of Avondale, Evanston and South Cumminsville.

These podcasts combine oral histories from long-time Black residents with expert interviews and archival audio to explore why each neighborhood has been underrepresented in our city’s history. The Urban Roots podcast aims to encourage historic preservation, community engagement, and public history. It was funded by a grant from ArtsWave.

Find “Lost Voices of Cincinnati” on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify, or visit urbanrootspodcast.medium.com to listen and learn more.

 

CREATING A MORE INCLUSIVE LIBRARY SPACE

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library is renovating its main library downtown, as well as its 40 branch libraries. This project, called Building the Next Generation Library, will update buildings to meet the demands of the 21st century.

For people with disabilities, these updates go beyond basic compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many branches will be equipped with sensory spaces and include features like wide aisles, quiet spaces, and larger restrooms. These updates will make the library more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

“They really took notice of people with disabilities and people with mobility issues and said, ‘hey, this is important,’” said Silverton resident Michael Denlinger about the Library’s plans. “It will be really great to have the library right here and be easily accessible.”

Renovations will take place through 2028.