MEDIA ADVISORY: Braille Institute Hosts Free Community Conference and Resource Fair to Support Aging in Place for Seniors Affected by Vision Loss

MEDIA ADVISORY: Braille Institute Hosts Free Community Conference and Resource Fair to Support Aging in Place for Seniors Affected by Vision Loss
July, 2017 Client News

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM  (Best time to media to cover between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM)

What: Braille Institute joins dozens of community partners to host its first-ever multi-track Low Vision & Aging in Place Conference. People affected by vision loss and their adult children (aka Sandwich Generation) are encouraged to attend this free conference to learn about resources to help people with vision loss (i.e. cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or other eye related conditions) age in place. Participation in includes free breakfast and lunch. This event is made possible thanks to support from the Meta & George Rosenberg Foundation.

Why: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment increases rapidly with age among all racial and ethnic groups, particularly among people older than 75 years. Approximately 1 in 3 people has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. Vision loss can adversely impact overall health and well-being of older adults, leading to isolation and loss of independence. It is estimated there are more than 147,000 people who are visually impaired in LA County, so the need for services is great.

Where: Braille Institute Los Angeles, 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 // Free Parking available

HOW PUBLIC CAN RSVP: 1-800 BRAILLE (1-800-272-4553). Seating is limited.
Link: BrailleInstitute.org

Visuals & Interviews:

  • Hundreds of people affected by vision loss interacting and engaging with others
  • Presentations by specialists from the USC Roski Eye Institute about latest in eye disease research and social and emotional impact of sight loss
  • People with vision loss learning how to use ride sharing services, like Lyft
  • Therapeutic yoga demos
  • Handheld and desktop technology to help people with vision loss read medicine bottles, menus, photos, books, emails, letters, cookbooks, etc.
  • Talking book software as well as “readers” reading the text out loud.
  • Interviews with people affected by vision loss available
  • Interviews with the following Braille Institute representatives
    • Lynn Dubinsky, M.A., Educational Programs Manager, Braille Institute Los Angeles
    • Rocio Vallejos Hoyt, Field Services Manager, Braille Institute Los Angeles (Fluent in Spanish)

Schedule: 

  • 9:00 AM: Registration and Health/Resource Fair Open
  • 10:00 AM: Concurrent Presentations:
    • Macular Degeneration: Dr. Amir Kashani, USC Roski Eye Institute
    • Family Resources: Dr. Donna Benton
    • Free Therapeutic Yoga Demonstration Class for People With Low Vision
  • 11:00 AM: Concurrent Presentations:
    • Ride Sharing (Intro to Uber/Lyft for People With Vison Loss): Ben Pomeroy
    • DMV Vision Standards &n Eligibility for a Limited Term License: Tressa Thompson
    • Free Therapeutic Yoga Demonstration Class for People With Low Vision
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Concurrent Presentations:
    • Glaucoma: Dr. Alena Reznik, USC Roski Eye Institute
    • New MTA Services for People With Disabilities
    • 
Ride Sharing (Intro to Uber/Lyft for People With Vision Loss): Ben Pomeroy

RSVP: 1-800 BRAILLE (1-800-272-4553). Seating is limited.
Link: BrailleInstitute.org

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