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Vision Expo to Provide Waco-Area Residents Resources on Living Well with Vision Loss

Waco, Texas (September 22, 2014)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss is hosting Vision Expo: Exploring the World of Vision Loss on Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day-long event will showcase services, products and techniques that can make life with vision loss easier. The expo is being hosted for the second year in a row and is geared toward people with vision loss, their loved ones, and professionals who work with them.

"Connecting people with vision loss to resources that help to ensure confidence and independence is an important part of our mission," said Judy Scott, Director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss. "When people begin losing their sight, they often don't realize that you can continue to do almost anything— from cooking to reading to using a smart phone—so long as you have the right tools and resources."

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local agencies and try a variety of access technology including electronic magnifiers for reading printed material, screen reading software that reads text on a computer screen, and screen magnification software that enlarges text and graphics on a computer screen. In addition, exhibitors will demonstrate solutions for telling time, cooking, playing games, using a cell phone, and more. These adaptive tools are on display year-round at the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, which features a model home that was custom built for people who have trouble seeing.

Dozens of organizations from the heart of Texas will be available to answer questions and share information and resources on coping with eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Exhibitors include the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services, Texas Talking Books, Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, the American Council of the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind Newsline, Hims Inc., Crystal Vision, Freedom Scientific, the AFB Center on Vision Loss, and many others.

There are more than 20 million Americans with vision loss. According to a 2010 study published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Studies, individuals with vision problems often do not hear about low vision rehabilitation services from their ophthalmologists and other medical providers. AFB is committed to connecting people with vision loss to these critical services which offer help and hope.

Vision Expo: Exploring the World of Vision Loss is made possible through the generous support of The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation.

Event Details
Date: Saturday October 11th, 2014
Time: 10 am -3 pm
Place: Education Service Center Region 12
2101 West Loop 340
Waco, Texas 76712

To register, please contact Neva Fairchild at 214-438-5316 or via email at Neva@afb.net

The first 150 people who register for the event will receive a free boxed lunch.

About the AFB Center on Vision Loss

The American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss in Dallas is a unique demonstration and information center specifically dedicated to helping people with vision loss find the resources, help and support needed to continue living a healthy, independent life. The Center's mission is to connect the ever-increasing vision loss community with information, solutions, professional services, support groups, and helpful technologies. The centerpiece of the AFB Center on Vision Loss is Esther's Place, a fully furnished, 1,800-square-foot model home, complete with living room, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, and home office—all fitted with simple adaptations and products designed to make daily life more manageable for individuals with vision loss. Visitors can walk through the model home, try out the various low- and high-tech gadgets in a realistic home setting, get ideas for modifications they can make in their own homes, and find out where to obtain any of the products they've tested.

About The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation

Since its inception in 1986, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation has dedicated more than $61 million in grants to improve the social fabric of life.

The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems and strives to cultivate emerging talents and promising models. Co-Founder Audre Rapoport continues to play an active role in the Foundation's operations, which have touched many lives in the area of education, arts and culture, health and human service, and civic participation.

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

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AFB Communications
212-502-7614
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