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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 255-9047, Pager

Date: October 7, 2010


WILMINGTON - The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) is sponsoring its first ever Technology Fair on October 15, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue in Dover.

Exhibits of the latest assistive technology products and services will be demonstrated by vendors and DVI staff. Assistive technology enables the blind and visually impaired to have access to printed material, and today's vast array of interactive devices, on nearly an equal footing as those with sight.

Vendors include:

These vendors and others will demonstrate low vision devices such as video magnifying machines and screen reader applications that convert text to speech.

The event is free to the public but space is limited. Those interested in attending should contact Alice Johnson at 302-255-9818 or Debra Mills-Joe at 302-255-9817.

DVI is one of Delaware's oldest state agencies having celebrated its 100th year of providing services to Delaware's Blind and Visually Impaired Community in 2009. DVI provides a holistic, integrated service approach - serving over 1,000 individuals annually from infants through senior citizens. The agency works in partnership with the consumer and the community to improve the safety, education, and employment of blind and visually impaired Delawareans.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.