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Vision expo reaches out to the blind, visually impaired in Grand Junction

Lions Clubs internationally champion the issues of the blind and visually impaired. In recognition of Lions World Sight Day, which is held in October, local Lions Clubs and Hilltop are sponsoring a free Vision Education Expo Saturday, Oct. 20.Anyone in the community who has a vision impairment or need for a service dog, or knows someone with any type of vision problem, can benefit from resources and referrals that will be offered at the expo, said event organizer Rochelle Larson, a Fruitvale Lions Club member.The event will be held in the garden room at Hilltop Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road, and it is open to the public."(We) have a sincere interest in providing various educational opportunities not only to our residents, but the public at large. Vision problems and education are relevant topics for many people, including our senior residents," said Julie Mendelson, activities director at the Commons.Several organizations will have exhibits and booths including: AKB Visions, American Council of the Blind, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Audio Information Networking, Mesa County Public Library, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Service Dog representatives and much more.The library plans to give out information on a new computer that is available for patrons with low vision. AKB Visions will display special computers and magnifiers. Audio Information Networking will be on hand to register folks for audio newspaper and magazine services. The Division of Vocational Rehab assists people with low vision and job placement. The Lions will provide information about cornea transplants, service dogs, the Kids Sight Program and the Lions Camp. Refreshments will also be served.According to Larson, there is a need in Mesa County for additional services and resources for the blind and visually impaired; the expo is one way she hopes to reach that population.

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