Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 -- The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will host its ninth annual Low-Vision Technology Fairs on Oct. 16, 2017 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church (440 Whitehall Road, Albany) and Oct. 17, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fairs are free to the public. People with vision impairment as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.
“The purpose of a Low-Vision Technology Fair is to showcase the latest in technologies designed to assist people with low vision and vision impairment with reading and daily activities,” said NABA Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Lawyer. “Low-vision technology and vision-related companies will showcase state-of-the-art products that help with reading and everyday tasks. NABA Technology and Rehabilitation staff will be on hand to answer questions. Other related organizations will be available to provide service information, including the Lions Clubs, NYS Talking Book & Braille Library, WMHT RISE Radio, the NYS Commission for the Blind, Freedom Guide Dogs, CDTA, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, local eye care professionals.”
The Lions Hearing Conservation Society will also be on hand to provide information about hearing screenings, hearing aids and device loaner program, as well as other related resources.
Guest speaker ophthalmologists will present at each location on issues related to aging vision issues, eye health, diseases, research and treatments. Dr. Glenn Thompson and Dr. Thomas Federici will speak in Albany, while Dr. Nicole Lemanski and Dr. Salman Yousuf will speak in Saratoga. Each guest speaker will present at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.
“Low-vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery and 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.