Technology part of Low Vision Day

Published 6:01pm Thursday, April 24, 2014

A local organization is marking Low Vision Day in Selma with a free workshop to benefit those who are visually impaired.

The Visually Impaired People organization will hold a workshop Wednesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Dallas County Health Department to showcase Freedom Scientific equipment to people with low vision and their caregivers.

Determined to educate, support and mentor the blind and visually impaired, the group will raise awareness about Freedom Scientific beneficial products.

“I can lead you to vendors, such as Freedom Scientific who is a co-sponsor of this event, to let people know about what kinds of technology is out there to help improve their quality of life,” Visually Impaired People CEO William Bowman said.

Freedom Scientific, a manufacturer of assistive technology products for the visually impaired, will be on hand to showcase devices that can enlarge text, audible products that make it easier to navigate through a device and other assistive technology.

The organization will offer free lunch and educational brochures during the workshop. Attendees are also encouraged to mingle and share their personal stories with others.

“We want people to know what people with low vision face on an everyday basis, whether it be transportation issues, trying to read the bible or trying to read the newspaper,” Bowman said.

Because Bowman is well aware of the struggles of finding someone willing to drive a visually impaired or blind person to and from their destination, he made sure to provide a means of getting to the workshop Wednesday.

West Alabama Public Transportation is offering free transportation from and to the workshop. Anyone interested in getting a ride, should contact 289-5789.

For more information about the workshop, call Bowman at 354-4015.

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