High-Tech Visual Aids Exhibit Highlights Blinded Veterans Convention

Devices that allow Internet surfing by speech, low-vision simulators, audible money identifiers and scanners, medical alarms and two-way emergency communicators, video magnifiers, mobility aids and guide dogs for independent living, and audible Global Positioning System products all take center stage in an exhibit hall at the Milwaukee Convention Center August 23-24.

The high-tech displays, located in Room 102 of the Convention Center, will reveal both old and new adaptive devices for both the totally blind and the visually impaired. The exhibit hall is among the most anticipated events and features of the 71st National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), which runs August 22-26 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel and Convention Center.

Advances in technology continue to offer the blind and visually impaired opportunities to enjoy a higher quality of life, helping them live and work independently in increasingly innovative ways. During visits to the exhibit hall, BVA members, blind rehabilitation specialists from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the general public will have opportunities to see, feel, and test the new equipment. Representatives from the various industries, which also include several companies offering guide dog services, will answer questions and provide detailed explanations and demonstrations.

Hours of the exhibit hall are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on both August 23 and 24. The public is invited and encouraged to attend with no admission charge. Additional information about the Blinded Veterans Association and its services to blinded veterans is available at bva.org.