TERRE HAUTE -- The World Health Organization estimates more than 161 million people worldwide have a visual impairment.
Of these, 37 million are blind and 124 million have low vision.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads will host a year-long series of free statewide "Demo Days" showcasing assistive technology devices for a wide variety of disabilities. The next "Demo Day" will feature devices that assist people with low vision and will take place Friday, Feb. 5, at the WILL Center, 4312 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.
To register for a free half-hour appointment during "Demo Day," contact Carol Girt at 1-888-466-1314. Those interested in attending are urged to register by 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4.
A variety of devices will be demonstrated with a particular emphasis on low vision technology, including desktop and handheld electronic magnifiers, specialty low vision glasses and other large print products. Attendees will also learn about the assistive technology loan library.
The "Demo Day" gives those individuals who make an appointment the opportunity to experience an abbreviated one-on-one device demonstration, during which they learn how assistive technology can increase independence through a hands-on session with many low-tech and high-tech assistive technology devices available.
In some cases, the assistive technology provided can ultimately determine whether someone is able to work outside of their home or attend a public school. In addition, that technology can be used to help better the interaction and communication between individuals and their families and friends.
For more information, visit the INDATA blog at blog.eastersealstech.com.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads provides information and access to assistive technology, at no charge, for Hoosiers with disabilities. These statewide services are derived through the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) state/federal grant and include: device demonstrations, device loans, recycled computers, reutilized assistive technology equipment, alternative financing resources and educational trainings and conferences.
Easter Seals Crossroads is a community resource working in partnership with children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families to promote growth, independence and dignity.