PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, October 21, 2012

SB Braille Institute Launches New Program For Latinos with Vision Loss

On Wednesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Braille Institute Santa Barbara will invite the public to an open house to explore the organization that benefits more than 5,000 people in the Santa Barbara and surrounding communities, including students, community partners, clinicians, and families.

The Open House will celebrate the launch of El Poder Sin Ver, a free Spanish-language program designed to help Latinos living with vision loss due to age-related eye conditions, diabetes or other chronic disease management issues. The program will provide free low vision consultations and more classes, seminars and training on everything from regaining confidence in the kitchen to getting around town safely, and using the latest technology to make living with low vision easier.

We are partnering with the leading promotora community health worker network, Vision y Compromiso, to help those in the Latino Community with low vision to live fulfilling lives,” said Braille Institute Santa Barbara Regional Director Michael Lavarovits. “Research has shown that there is a huge need in the Latino community for free services to help people living with vision loss due to diabetes or other age-related conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma.”

The Open House will be held at Braille Institute Santa Barbara, located at 2031 De La Vina Street, and will include an introduction at 10 a.m., followed by tours of the facility, demonstration areas on technology, cooking techniques for people with low vision, and much more.

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