April 11, 2024

WISD Hosts Braille Story Walk for Community

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), unveiled a Braille Enhanced Story Walk on its main campus at 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, and invites the community to engage with the interactive story.

“I am excited to be part of this collaboration with AADL to host an Enhanced Story Walk, which promotes literacy in accessible formats, including braille,” shared Becky Starick, Accessible Media Specialist in the WISD Visual Impairments department and Library of Congress Literary Braille Transcriber. “Story walks combine reading, walking, and being part of our environment and they make learning fun and engaging.” 

Photo of a sign staked into the ground with information written in text and Braille about the Story Walk along a walking path

The story walk features Lori Degman’s book, Just Read!, which celebrates reading and encourages children to read anywhere they can. The book also highlights and raises awareness of accessible literacy formats such as braille and sign language.

Staff from the WISD and AADL will be available for special events related to the Story Walk:

Braille Enhanced StoryWalk: Guided Walk at High Point School
Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1735 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Learn more here

All About Braille at the AADL Downtown Library (in the Secret Lab)
Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Recommended for preschool–grade 5
Learn more here

The Braille exhibit will be available along the walking paths around High Point School located at 1735 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, through April 30, 2024.  Starick continues, “These outdoor reading paths captivate both children and adults, and help foster a shared experience for families!” 

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311