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Blindness Awareness in our Community

October is Blindness Awareness month! As part of Blindness Awareness month, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services Wilkes-Barre District are presenting a Blindness Awareness Expo on Tuesday, October 26th, from 10AM to 3PM at Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The main goal of this event is to increase awareness among blind individuals, and the community at large, of services and resources available to people with vision impairment; the capabilities of individuals who are blind or visually impaired; and the importance of Braille and its link to learning, literacy, and success.

The event is FREE to everyone! There will be over 20 booths with valuable information on Social and Vocational Services, Vision simulation, Magnification Product Demonstrations, Assistive Technology Demonstrations, Free Health Screenings Including: Vision, Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screenings, Door Prizes, and Snacks & Beverages! The event will also include several education sessions throughout the day. They are as follows: Financial & Tax Incentives for Potential Employers of People with Vision Impairment, 11AM; Access Technology for Visually Impaired Persons in the Workplace, 12PM; Common Age-Related Eye Conditions and Questions & Answers Session with Dr. William McLaughlin, Eye Care Specialists, 1PM.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty with vision, or if you just want to be more informed, don’t miss this FREE community educational event!

Jennifer Throop, M.S.CVRT
Director of Services
Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind