Thursday, October 08, 2015

Coping with Sight Loss

November 13 & 20, 10 am-12 noon

According to the Braille Institute, twenty-one percent of people age 65 and over report some form of vision impairment. This represents 7.3 million people.* Crowell Public Library is partnering with the Braille Institute in presenting two free seminars that will address all your questions related daily life with low vision. There are many causes of visual impairment and Braille Institute helps people of all ages overcome obstacles caused by low vision. They will offer the latest information on adapting to these visual changes and which assistive devices might be appropriate.

Sight loss can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy.
Practical day-to-day applications will be presented such as organizing and identifying money and marking and labeling household items. The importance of staying connected will also be explored: rediscovering the joy of reading, writing and communication. Attendees will learn about resources for getting around town, assistance with orientation and mobility. And all will be provided information on Braille Institute and low vision rehabilitation consultant appointments.

These free sessions will be held on two consecutive Friday mornings, November 13th and 20th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Barth Community Room.