2012 Low Vision Technology Fair

LOW VISION TECHNOLOGY FAIR WILL SHOWCASE PRODUCTS TO HELP THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Low Vision Technology FairALBANY, NEW YORK – The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will host the annual “Low Vision Technology Fair” on Wednesday, October 17th 10a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, New York.

The purpose of a “Low Vision Technology Fair” is to showcase the latest in low vision technologies designed to assist the visually impaired with reading and daily activities such as computer use, working, shopping and more. Low vision technology companies will be demonstrating state-of-the-art products that help with low vision, as well as healthcare experts to present the latest in eye health research. Persons with vision difficulty as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.

“Low Vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery; that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities. Many Americans with low vision have difficulty reading mail, shopping, cooking, watching TV and even reading this article.

Vision rehabilitation combines training, counseling and adaptive devices; teaching skills that can give people with low vision the confidence to function as independently as possible by optimizing their remaining sight. Low vision technologies along with vision rehabilitation therapy can help people adapt to their environments and learn new ways of doing things to improve their safety, independence and confidence. Most importantly, these technologies can help people maintain their everyday activities and continue to enjoy life.

For over 100 years the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), a non-profit organization, has been providing services and resources to the blind and visually impaired. Located at NABA’s facility at 301 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York, the Dr. Harry M. Judge Vision Rehabilitation Center provides examinations by a low vision specialist for prescribing low vision aids, vision rehabilitation services, orientation and mobility training and counseling. Low Vision Education Programs are available to help educate organizations and the community about vision loss and available services. Services are at no charge to the legally blind.

For more information about NABA’s “Low Vision Technology Fair”, contact Cheryl Lawyer at (518) 463-1211 or email Cheryl Lawyer.