Perkins showcases technology and programs at Abilities Expo

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The Abilities Expo will be held Sept. 5-7, 2014 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston.

August 14, 2014

Perkins will showcase its cutting-edge technology and life-changing programs at the Abilities Expo, the region’s largest exhibition of products and services for people with disabilities, in Boston on Sept. 5-7, 2014.

It’s an opportunity for the disability community to try out Perkins Products’ assistive technology, hear what’s new at the Perkins Library and explore the variety of educational programs offered by Perkins School for the Blind.

“The Abilities Expo has something for everyone, and so does Perkins,” said Joe Martini, director of Perkins Products. “When you visit our booths, you’ll be amazed to discover all the ways Perkins helps make life better for people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.”

The Abilities Expo will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. People with a variety of disabilities – including sensory impairments like blindness, as well as physical, mobility, learning and developmental disabilities – are invited to attend, as are families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Admission is free.

Perkins will join up to 150 other exhibitors who will display products and services that increase the independence of people with disabilities. Products will include mobility devices, accessible home modifications, adapted sports equipment, daily living aids and more.

The Abilities Expo will also offer workshops covering such topics as social media support groups and tips for traveling with a disability. Scheduled activities open to the public include adaptive rowing and wheelchair dancing. Josh Dueck, a Paralympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, will make an appearance.

At the Perkins booths, visitors can get a hands-on demonstration of the Perkins SMART Brailler and the LightAide educational device, or learn about some of the lesser-known services offered by the Perkins Library, including audio-described videos and downloadable digital audio books.

Staffers from Perkins School for the Blind can answer questions about online learning opportunities for educators and parents of children who are blind, and community programs open to students in public schools.

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