LOW VISION FAIR
August 9, 2019
August 9, 2019
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired invites community members to our Low Vision Fair.
Anyone with vision impairment, family, friends or professionals are welcome to attend. There is no cost. Most of all, the Low Vision Fair serves as a space to talk with others who are experiencing vision loss, to discover you are not alone!
This outreach event aligns with the Council’s mission to promote the dignity and empowerment of people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the public.
Low Vision Fair
Friday, August 9, 2019
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College – Business Education Center
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
Free and open to the public!
The Low Vision Fair will feature 15 vendors and 4-5 educational sessions. Vendors will include the Sharper Vision Store, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, and the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired plus others who will showcase products and services listed below.
The educational presentations, between 11:30 and 2:30, may include speakers on topics such as smart home technology, strategies to engage in everyday activities, reading with low vision, and use of lighting, labeling and contrast.
When it becomes difficult to read long blocks of text, accessing content using speech output may be an option. Users of many modern tools, such as Windows, iPads and Macs have the ability to hear text instead of read it. This presentation will demonstrate how to access these features and discuss how you can implement them into your daily life.
What is the connection between vision and balance? Are falls an inevitable part of aging? Al will discuss aging vision, low vision and falls prevention. He will offer practical strategies you can use to reduce your risk of falls whether at home or out in the community.
Join Jenesis as she explains and demonstrates the many benefits of mainstream technology for persons with vision impairment. Learn about smart phones and their apps and smart speakers, such as Alexa, Hey Google and Siri, and what they can do for you. She will also address potential funding sources for these technologies.
We need more light as we age and when we have low vision. The benefit of additional lighting is affected by the light bulb and the position of the light in relation to the user and the task. Come see the effect a light bulb can have and share in a discussion of lights, lighting, and setting up work areas.
Stop by the Low Vision Fair to learn more about any of the following confirmed vendors:
“I started losing my vision ten months ago, and had no idea of all the resources available. At the fair, I was able to purchase magnifiers, get information about services that can help me, and talk to people who understand what it is like to lose vision. I can no longer drive, so I appreciated that Council staff came to Manitowoc so I didn’t have to figure out how to get to Madison. I feel a lot more empowered as I go through this big change in my life.”
attended the Low Vision Fair for the first time in July 2018