ABVI invites developers, manufacturers to talk new tech for visually impaired
The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is calling on local firms interested in developing the next generation of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision community.
Researchers and representatives from engineering services firms and manufacturers interested in developing and commercializing these technologies are invited to ABVI’s Low Vision Technology Industry Day on June 12. Attendees will tour ABVI’s Rehabilitation Center and other facilities, and hear from Dr. Katherine White, OD, ABVI Managing Director of Low Vision Services, about current low-vision technologies and the unmet needs of the more than 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. The association’s Employment and Adaptive Technology Specialist Chris Frank will also be on hand.
The low-vision community represents a $30 billion marketplace, ABVI estimates, which could be helped by technologies including readers, scanners, magnifiers, video enhancers, audio assistants, sensors and apps. Current assistive technologies are often inadequate, expensive and have limited market penetration.
The Low Vision Technology Industry Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 12 at ABVI, 422 Clinton Ave. S. Lunch will be provided. Attendance is free of charge but limited.
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