Songs for Sight event to educate on low vision

Children and teens with low vision can enjoy a special event at McWane Center sponsored by Songs for Sight.

songs for sight 2018Songs 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, Oct. 6. The event will feature structured learning opportunities and a resource fair, along with a picnic supper and McWane Center’s adventure exhibits.

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.

Songs for Sight was created to raise awareness and funds for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama. The organization was started by the parents of 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 event will begin at 2:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 205-488-0788 or email