Release Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)


Imagine Independence—The 2007 Possibilities Fair


Event: Possibilities Fair for Seniors Who are Losing Vision

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2007

Time:  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Place: National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
         1800 Johnson Street 
         Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Attention: Health, Technology, and Lifestyle Editors

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute will host the sixth annual Possibilities Fair for Seniors Who Are Losing Vision on Thursday, October 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   The Possibilities Fair will provide seniors with a hands-on opportunity to learn methods for improving their lives.  The cost is $15, and lunch will be provided.  

Americans are living longer, and vision loss occurs more frequently among those who are older.   More than 50 percent of the seventy thousand individuals who become blind in this country each year are over the age of sixty-five.   This population is expected to more than double by the year 2030.   The training these seniors need—general adjustment to blindness, independent living skills, Braille—is not readily available to them.

The Possibilities Fair aims to teach seniors the strategies that will enable them to continue living independent lives.  Demonstration stations will include 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.   Participants will learn about books on cassette tape and newspapers over the telephone, talking computers, and magnification devices.   The fair will also include helpful hints about enjoying life after vision loss.   In addition, there will be an interesting mix of nonprofit and governmental partners that will have an array of information, demonstrations, and displays for attendees to enjoy. 

To find out more about the Possibilities Fair or to reserve a spot, call (410) 659-9314, extension 2419 or 2297.