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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. With the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can do almost anything a fully-sighted person can do.

“Living with Vision Loss” will provide practical information and local resources to help people who experience vision limitations with everyday living. The one-hour workshop will provide helps and hints on living at home, developing hobbies, participating in sports, travel, work and career, leisure activities and more.

“Learning to live with vision loss can be very challenging,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “The good news is there is help available to enable people to remain independent and active however they chose.”

“Living with Vision Loss” will be offered three times.

  • March 9 (12:10 to 12:50 p.m.) at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
  • March 11 (12:10 to 12:50 p.m.) at the County City Building Rainier Conference Room 7th Floor, 930 S. Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma
  • March 14 (10 to 11 a.m.) at the Soundview Building, Suite 200, 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma

The workshops will be presented by Hongda Sao, case manager with the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Kate Fewel, MSW, LICSW, and Jane Elliott, certified rehab teacher and orientation mobility instructor with Sightconnection. Presenters will share their personal stories, provide information about local resources and show some practical, easy-to-use tools that can help with vision loss for people of all ages.

Participants will also learn how to make both home and workplace accessible and safe with simple and practical ideas. A variety of adaptive equipment including mobile devices will be explained. Rules and regulations regarding workplace accommodations for successful employment will also be discussed.

Sessions are free and there is no RSVP required.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
[email protected]

Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
[email protected]

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