TERRE HAUTE -- The Survey of Income and Program Participation estimates that nearly 10 million people worldwide are hard of hearing. Of these, close to one million are deaf.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads is hosting 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 hearing impairments and will take place Friday, April 9, at the WILL Center, 4312 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.
To register for a free half-hour appointment during the event, contact Carol Girt at 1-888-466-1314. Those interested are urged to register by 4 p.m., Thursday, April 8.
A variety of devices will be demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on hearing impairments, including Nintendo DS systems, alarm monitors, the UbiDuo Communicator, T-Loop headsets, wireless headphone amplification systems, weather alert radios and more.
The "Demo Day" gives 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 the 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 or friends.
For more information, visit the INDATA blog at blog.eastersealstech.com.