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“Vision loss does not have to mean the loss of independence. Once an individual experiencing vision loss has access to information, transportation and inspiration, they can remain a contributing member of the community.”
– David J. DeNotaris, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Possibilities Fair for Adults 55 and Older
October 9, 2015
Take hold of the opportunities with the National Federation of the Blind Possibilities Fair for Older Adults Who Are Losing Vision and for Their Families
Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00, includes lunch
Where: Surrey Services for Seniors
60 Surrey Way (formerly Chestnut Ave.)
Devon, PA 19333
This Possibilities Fair will provide a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older who are losing vision to learn how to improve their lives. The Fair will include demonstration areas featuring alternative techniques, equipment, services for older adults losing vision, and helpful hints about enjoying life.
To register, please call 215-988-0888 or download the following form in one of the two formats provided here and mail it to the address on the form:
Possibilities Fair Registration Form (Word document)
Possibilities Fair Registration Form (PDF document)
The NFB of Pennsylvania 2016 Convention will be held Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13 at
Atherton Hotel in State College, 125 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801.
Make your reservations now by calling the hotel directly (814) 231-2100 or 800-832-0132. To receive the special room rate, you need to mention the NFB of Pennsylvania when making your hotel reservation.
More information to follow.
Live the life you want with NFB-Live.org; this live “chat site,” works with the use of a microphone and headset, allowing participants to interact with others using nothing else but their own voices.
NFB-Live.org was created to improve communication, provide a forum for learning and offer a place for fun and relaxation. The National Federation of the Blind of New York President and NFB-Live.org host, Carl Jacobsen notes that the site is “a place to build programs which we have yet to create in our dreams.” NFBLive.org is open to members of the Federation and non-members alike. It is our belief that increased communication and opportunities to socialize can bring further understanding between people. Events hosted on NFBLive include: Personal interviews of a variety of individuals who have impacted the blind community, open discussions on a variety of topics and presentations from our members and our sponsors on topics affecting the blind community. NFBLive also hosts games that users can participate in as teams or individually including: Family Feud, Password, Jeopardy, Crossword and several other dice, board and card games.
You can join the site at no cost. All you need is a microphone and access to the internet. Visit nfblive.org and go to the Join Our Community link. You can register with the form at the bottom of the page. Once you have signed up, you will receive a username and password to begin interaction and communication with others from around the world; it’s all at your fingertips! For questions regarding NFB-Live.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On a sunny, bright Friday in July the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania and Surrey Services for Seniors hosted a Possibilities Fair for older adults dealing with vision loss. The fair, held at Surrey Senior Services in Berwyn, P.A, boasted a wealth of knowledge, demonstrations and resources for older adults in this community.
The fair provided a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older, losing vision, to learn how to improve their lives. The event highlighted demonstration areas featuring alternative accessible techniques and equipment as well as, state services for older adults losing vision. This was a meaningful opportunity for older adults dealing with vision loss to gain and maintain independence. Information for spouses and families to gain understanding and to become supportive of their loved ones struggling with vision loss was also shown at the event.
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the PA Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, CARIE- Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center and PA NewsLine (Free Telephone Newspaper Service) were all in attendance at the fair, providing direct support and hands-on demonstrations as well as quality of life tools and tips. Demonstration stations included speech output devices, mobility practice sessions, and techniques for the kitchen as well as a display of helpful aids and appliances available to make everyday tasks more accessible.
Breakfast refreshments and goody bags were provided as the day began. Attendees and family members were escorted to the various sessions and demonstration booths to explore their own possibilities. At the end of the remarkable event, a lunch wrap-up session with state president, Jim Antonacci and notable NFBP members gave attendees another insightful glimpse into the lives of older blind adults.
To learn more about vision loss and your own possibilities, contact the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania at 215-988-0888
The goal of this program is to introduce young students to Braille and to encourage other students in their Braille study.
We especially want to reach out to children who would not otherwise be taught Braille.
This two-week program makes Braille fun through games, activities, lessons, field trips, and stations where students practice reading and writing Braille.
If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact our main office at 215-988-0888 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
It is time again for us to take our concerns directly to our legislators in Washington, DC.
This year’s issues again includes the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACHE) Act.
College students need access to their textbooks and online resources as much as students in earlier grades.
Another issue this year is the fight for Fair Wages for People with Disabilities.
The current laws allow employers to pay disabled employees less than the minimum wage, and this practice needs to be stopped.
The third issue is the Air Carrier Access Act, which is a movement towards making airport kiosks and web sites accessible.
In addition to meeting with members of Congress and Senators, Washington Seminar is the site of student seminars and meetings of many NFB groups and divisions.
For more information about Washington Seminar, please visit: http://nfb.org/washington-seminar
Members of the Keystone Chapter will once again be holding a Louis Braille Carnival at Saint Lucy’s Day School in Philadelphia.
Games like Braille Twister and a Braille-oriented version of musical chairs are hits with the kids who have fun while learning about the importance of Braille.
Story Time shows how Braille can be used to read books at the same speed as using print and encourages the kids to keep practicing.
There is always an art activity, too, that brings Braille and the kids’ creativity together.
This year’s Braille Carnival will probably be held on Valentine’s Day, but stayed tuned for more details.
More than 50 percent of the 70,000 individuals who become blind in this country each year are over the age of 65, and this population is expected to more than double by the year 2030.
Yet less financial resources and fewer services are available to those over 55 losing vision than to younger blind people.
This Possibilities Fair will provide a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older who are losing vision to learn how to improve their lives.
The Fair will include demonstration areas featuring alternative techniques, equipment, services for older adults losing vision, and helpful hints about enjoying life.
The exact date has not yet been announced, but it will be in April or May of 2014, so stay tuned for more information.
Surrey Services is partnering with the NFB of Pennsylvania to host this event.
For directions or transportation information, please call our main office at (215) 988-0888 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania was one of the organizations that was helped. This event, put on by the Philly Chapter of the national Give Camp organization, started on Friday night, January 17, and lasted through Sunday afternoon, January 19.
Volunteers from Microsoft brought volunteers together with the charities that needed their help, and their skills were put to good use.
Graphic designers, WordPress experts, database wizards, and many others donated their time and experience to give these charities leading-edge web sites.
Significant planning and information-gathering took place before the event to make the best use of time during this whirlwind weekend.