LOW VISION FAIR

August 9, 2019

A woman speaks to a group

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.

Save the DATE: Friday, Aug. 9, Eau Claire

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.

 

Educational Sessions Schedule

11:30 – 12:00
Using Speech Output to Support Declining Vision

Jim Denham, Assistive Technology Specialist
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

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.

12:15 – 12:45
Vision and Preventing Falls

Al Thompson, Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind
Eau Claire Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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.

1:00 – 1:30
Making Your Smart Devices Work for You

Jenesis Lindbo, Independent Living Specialist
CIL of Western Wisconsin

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.

1:45 – 2:15
I Need More Light

Jean Kalscheur, Education Coordinator
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

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.

Vendors

Stop by the Low Vision Fair to learn more about any of the following confirmed vendors:

  • Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Chippewa County
  • Author Kathie Schneider
  • Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
  • Chippewa Valley VIP Support Group
  • Clear Vision Midwest
  • E.M. Vitu, Inc.
  • Eau Claire City Elections Office
  • Enhanced Vision, a Vispero Brand
  • Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
  • Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearin
  • Sharper Vision Store of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute – UW Stout
  • Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

 

“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.”

Charles
attended the Low Vision Fair for the first time in July 2018

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