Recognizing What It’s Like to Live with a Disability

Columbia, SC- After tackling the issue of homelessness in November and receiving emotional feedback, Richland Library wants to bring awareness to what it's like to live with a disability. Throughout December, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab is using technology and simulation tools, so local residents can see what one in four adults endure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In this immersive experience, "Notes on Blindness" tells a story of life without sight. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John Hull's audio diary, using binaural and real-time, 3D animations. In addition, participants can try on gloves that simulate arthritis.

The My Life Experience Empathy Lab is free and open to the public. It's tailored toward an adult audience. The lab is traveling across our library system as follows:

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at our Main location

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, December 6 at our Northeast location

2 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 18 at our Sandhills location

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, December 20 at our North Main location

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, December 27 at our St. Andrews location

In the coming months, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab also plans to focus on the issues of criminal justice, sexual assault and refugees. Please visit for more details along with a time frame.

The My Life Experience Empathy Lab is made possible thanks to funding from the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Tides Foundation.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

About Richland Library
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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