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Independent Living Is Possible for Blind Persons

Aug. 20, 2004 – Individuals age 55 and older who suffer low vision or blindness are invited to an information session at the Knud Hansen Complex on St. Thomas on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Dr. Byron Biscoe will present on diseases of the eye most common in the elderly, and proper eye care, with the goal of enhancing persons in these groups to be independent and thus reduce time spent in nursing homes. The presentation is sponsored by the V.I. Human Services Department's disabilities and rehabilitation program which is aimed at independent living services for older individuals who are blind. It will include discussion of glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration and introduce a new computer system, with a Braille embosser, to assist blind Virgin Islanders.
The session will be presented at the Strive Center, on the basement level of the complex, from 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information call 774-0930 and ask for Felecia Blyden at extension 4289 or Valerie Kendall at extension 4171.
A similar information session is planned on St. Croix before Christmas.

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