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Each year, the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired hosts a Low Vision Fair as part of our work to provide educational programming throughout the state. The COVID-19 pandemic ruled out an in-person fair, so we made the 2021 edition a virtual event.

As always, the fair was open to anyone with vision impairment, family members, friends and professionals, and there is no cost to attend.

The 2021 Low Vision Fair consisted of seven online sessions, which took place each Tuesday from July 13 through August 24. Each week we featured a new topic presented by experts who discussed resources and services and demonstrated access technology products. All seven 2021 Low Vision Fair sessions, described below, were recorded and can be viewed via our YouTube channel.

2021 Educational Sessions

July 13
Getting Help When Experiencing Vision Loss
Where do you go to find help? What kind of help is available?

July 20
I Used to Love to Read 
When vision loss interferes with leisure reading, how can you get back into reading for pleasure?

July 27
Maximize Usable Sight with Video Magnifiers
When there is usable vision, how can magnification, contrast and maybe audio help with day-to-day reading needs?

August 3
 I Want to See, No… I Want to Hear the Computer
Learn about computer software from magnification to magnification plus audio, to screen reading technology.

August 10
I Want My Hands Free of Magnifiers
Learn about wearables, one of the latest trends in access devices. How useful are they?

August 17
Valuing Braille
Learn about braille devices and their applications in school, work and leisure activities.

August 24
A Peak Under the Hood at Mental Health
How do we regain confidence after vision loss? What can empower us to move forward? Where can we go for help?

Follow the above links to find out more about the topic, presenters, and to watch recordings of the sessions.

““I have been a consumer with the Council, but the Low Vision Fair will be my favorite experience for many years.  I was pleased to be able to contact the Council with suggestions and questions, or just share my joy as I found the Low Vision Fair exciting and a wonderful idea!”

2021 Low Vision Fair Participant


Interested in sponsoring the next Low Vision Fair? Contact Lori Werbeckes at 608-237-8114 or LWerbeckes@WCBlind.org.