Resource Fair for the Blind or Visually Impaired

The American Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Colorado (ACBCO) is excited to announce our annual VIP fair at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital (1835 Franklin St., Denver).  The event will take place on the 2nd floor in the Russell Pavilion from 8:15 am until 1:00pm, April 30, 2013.  Access to the fair is through the hospital emergency room entrance on E. 20th Ave.  There will be signs on street corners surrounding the hospital to direct you to the correct entrance.  We will have volunteers who will be available to direct visitors as they enter the emergency room entrance.  The fair is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested so we can plan for snacks and beverages. Call 303-831-0117.

Presenters include Dr. Nahlin Mehta, retinal specialist and Dr. Mark Maybury, low vision optometrist.  Additional speakers will address safety, mobility, legal issues, as well as new telephone technology.  A variety of vendors of services and adaptive devices will be available, including NanoPac, Inc., AKB Vision, Guide Dogs for the Blind, , and Assistive Technology Partners.  Sponsors of the fair include Exempla St. Joseph Hospital and NanoPac.

When considering if this would be the right event for you, keep in mind that one in three people who are 65 years of age and older will experience vision loss not correctable by reading glasses.  The common causes of vision loss are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, stroke and severe cataracts.  Over 30,000 seniors in the Denver Metro area are experiencing the challenges that come with vision loss. Younger people, as well, experience vision loss including school and college age students.  There are many resources to help people maintain their independence and desired activities.  This fair is one place to obtain this information.  Family, friends, professionals, as well as those with vision loss are welcome and will find useful information and resources.

ACBCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting independence, equality, and opportunities for all blind and visually impaired individuals in the state of Colorado by accepting and supporting all alternatives to living with vision loss.  One of our primary goals is to improve the lives of the blind/visually impaired by encouraging and assisting them to become active, productive, and responsible members of the community while maintaining their independence.
For additional information about ACBCO and additional resources visit www.acbco.org or call 303-831-0117.

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