High-Tech Visual Aids Exhibits Highlight Blinded Veteran Convention


Devices that allow Internet surfing by speech, low-vision simulators, audible money identifiers and scanners, medical alarms and two-way emergency communicators, Global Positioning System products, video magnifiers, and mobility aids all take center stage in an Exhibit Hall at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel August 15-16.

The high-tech displays that include 54 vendors in 64 booths, located in the hotel’s Grand Foyer, 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 features of the 72nd National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), which runs August 14-18 at the Hyatt Regency. It includes convention sponsors OrCam, VFO Group, Mobience, Inclusite, eSight, and LS&S, who, in addition to their booths, are supporting additional convention events or activities.

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 latest products. 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 15 and 16. 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 www.bva.org.