Songs for Sight, an organization benefiting low-vision and eye research, will host an event for children and teens with low vision at Birmingham’s McWane Center on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will feature structured learning opportunities and a resource fair, along with a picnic supper, IMAX movie and McWane Center’s adventure exhibits.
Songs for Sight was created to raise awareness and funds for the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. The organization was started by Alie B. Gorrie, a patient of the center, and since its inception in 2008 Songs for Sight has raised $1 million. In addition to youth support-group activities, Songs for Sight helps the center provide eligible patients with electronic video magnification devices and orientation and mobility services, as well as funding for low-vision research.
The resource fair will introduce attendees to organizations that provide services to those with low vision, including Sight Savers America, the Vocational Rehabilitation service of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and Alabama Disabilities Advocacy program.
Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces.
The free event runs from 2:15-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at McWane Center, 200 19th Street North, Birmingham. Interested attendees must RSVP to Lisa Forte, 205-488-0788 or lowvision@UAB.edu.