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3rd Low Vision Fair Sponsored in Suburban Chicago

Thanks to Nancy Brothers, Coordinator of Programming and Public Relations at the Morton Grove Public Library for sharing this report:

The third annual Low Vision Fair was held September 26, 2009, at the Niles Senior Center, Niles, Illinois. The Fair, sponsored by eight north suburban Chicago public libraries, featured speakers, supportive service providers, and vendors of equipment and assistive devices. The intent of the Fair was to provide practical and useful information about new developments in eye care, retina and glaucoma screenings, and products and services available to help persons with limited vision.Low Vision Fair

An Exhibit Award from the GMR made it possible for the librarians to expand promotional efforts and to provide an honorarium for each of the speakers. The NN/LM briefcase exhibit and a variety of NLM brochures were positioned in the main meeting room, where two speakers gave presentations on diagnosis and treatment of retina disorders and current advances in eye and vision research. Everyone who attended the speakers’ sessions or who picked up refreshments passed by the display and had an opportunity to talk with the librarians and to pick up brochures.

The co-sponsoring public libraries include: Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Glenview, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Skokie, and Vernon Area.

The Low Vision Fair has been accepted as a table talk presentation for the Public Library Association annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in March 2010.

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