ACD Assistive Technology Resource Fair

Americas, October 7 2011

The city of Naperville and the Advisory Commission on Disabilities (ACD) are hosting an Assistive Technology Resource Fair on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from noon – 4 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street in Naperville.

Assistive technology is utilized by people with disabilities in order to perform functions that may otherwise be difficult or impossible. Dozens of vendors will demonstrate various types of technology and devices available today. There will be demonstrations of video telephones for people with hearing or speech impairments; amplified telephones that assist people with hearing disabilities, computer software for people with vision or cognitive disabilities and much more.

In addition, there will be four concurrent educational presentations taking place in Council Chambers. These sessions will be presented by experts in the field of use of technology in the school setting; use of technology and adaptive equipment used in the home; technologies used by individuals who are gainfully employed; and Apple will be demonstrating the accessible features available on products such as the I-Pad and I-Touch.

Marion Joy will have their driver rehab van present to exhibit various types of adaptive equipment available for those who need accommodations in order to operate a vehicle. Mobility Works will have on display a wheelchair accessible motorcycle, providing freedom and access to those who like to experience the wind in their hair on the open road.

The Advisory Commission on Disabilities will conduct an award ceremony during the fair recognizing an outstanding individual and local business for their work improving the lives of people with disabilities.

“The technology fair will be a fun and educational experience for persons with disabilities and their families to learn about the variety of technologies that can be used throughout their lives,” said Peter Berg Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Disabilities.

The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the city’s ADA Coordinator, Marita Manning at (630) 420-6725 or manningm@naperville.il.us.

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