SEE FOR YOURSELF 2018
An Assistive Technology and Resource Fair
for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Friday, May 4, 2018 • 9 am to 3 pm
Free Admission – if scheduling a ride allow yourself
- to 2 hours to visit the exhibitors
- Magnification devices
- Reading machines
- Computers with voice, large print, braille
- Devices for daily living
- Service Providers & County Agencies
Friday, May 4th 2018
(any time between)
9:00am to 3:00pm
SUFFOLK COOPERATIVE LIBRARY SYSTEM
627 North Sunrise Service Road in Bellport
Exit 55 off Sunrise Highway (East of Sills Road)
SCLS Outreach Services invites you to join us on Friday, May 4, 2018. Come visit any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm for the SEE FOR YOURSELF event. It should take about 1 ½ hours to visit with all of the exhibitors. The “”FAIR”” is open to the public and ADMISSION IS FREE!!!! Vendors will provide “hands-on” demonstrations of assistive technology, while representatives from several non-profit organizations, county agencies and service providers will offer information that will enhance the lives of people living with vision loss. Also, look for representatives from your public library to learn about the resources that they have to offer.
What is SEE FOR YOURSELF 2018?
SEE FOR YOURSELF: An Assistive Technology and Resource Fair for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, has been held at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) for the past 20 years. This is where people can come to learn about assistive technology and other various daily living resources, for people living with vision loss. Our event includes vendors of low and high tech equipment, advocacy groups, organizations and service providers who are working with people who are visually impaired or blind. This year we will also have a few products for people who are hard of hearing and people living with memory loss.
Millions of Americans are living with vision loss. There are many eye diseases that are causing vision loss, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts and of course Diabetes ( the leading cause of adult onset blindness in our country) just to name a few. As a result of vision loss, many people lose their independence, many seniors end up having to live in a supervised living environment or institutionalized setting, and many people living with vision loss, are unemployed, living on social services and living in poverty.
The fair has become particularly important because there are very few services left on Long Island for people living with vision loss. The Lighthouse no longer has an office on the island. Catholic Charities no longer has Low Vision Services on the island and Helen Keller Services for the Blind has one location in Suffolk and two in Nassau, one of which only serves the needs of people who are Deaf/Blind. Additionally, there are virtually no resources available in accessible formats for people with print disabilities.
The Suffolk Cooperative Library System is also the home of the Long Island Assistive Technology Center. This area of the library system is dedicated to assistive technology for individuals who cannot use traditional print materials. The “Center” offers free demonstrations of Adaptive hardware and software for people living with a visual or a learning disability. Demonstrations in the center are by appointment only. Please call 631-286-1600, x1354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know two weeks in advance of the fair, if you will need a reasonable accommodation for a disability.
Please Note: We do not provide transportation.