Ever wondered if your vision loss would compromise your ability to defend yourself in a dangerous situation?
Rochester Area Blind Athletes is sponsoring a free one hour self- defense workshop on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6-7PM at:
Showgun Martial Arts
60 Barrett Dr., Webster 14580
*Note: The entrance is on the right of the building in the back.
Master instructor Shaun Hahn and assistant Dustin Newell, who is visually impaired himself, will offer strategies to move with confidence and self-awareness, techniques to block and disengage from conflict, and information about how to best respond in and after an attack.
Call 585.721.2624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
No age restrictions or previous experience needed.
In conjunction with the Hector and Sodus Lions Clubs and Rochester Area Blind Athletes, Mr. Ron Koniz of the Finger Lakes Preserve will be sponsoring the annual NY State Fishing Tournament for blind and visually impaired participants on Saturday, June 1. Individuals ages 18-99 with any level of vision loss are welcome to spend the day fishing for a variety of lake fish . An experienced sighted guide will be paired with each visually impaired person (VIP) to assist with baiting, casting, and reeling, as needed. The event is free and a picnic lunch will be served. Transportation will be provided.
Finger Lakes Preserve and the Hector LIONS will send the winning VIPs and their guests to the National VIP Fishing Tournament in October 2019 in the Outer Banks of NC.
Whether you’ve never cast a line before or have years of experience, you are encouraged to hang your “Gone fishin’” sign and join us for a lovely day of sport and comeraderie on the Finger Lakes. Take the bait!
For more information, please contact Kirstyn Smith at: email@example.com or call 585.721.2624
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Last month, Kirstyn Smith and Anne DeWitte spent an amazing morning at Planet Fitness in Penfield, New York discussing workout equipment accessibility for the visually impaired.
[caption id="attachment_255" align="alignnone" width="225"] Kirstyn Smith operating an elliptical with HALOS tactile overlays[/caption]
Access to exercise equipment is a problem for the visually impaired (The RNIB report).
There are over 100,000 people between ages 22-64 in NY with some type of visual impairment. (New York statistics on individuals with vision loss).
These statistics do not include all the baby boomers with cataracts and macular degeneration! This information shows that those with vision loss are a significantly under-served population.
An effort by Planet Fitness combined with a visually impaired consultant and the HALOS tactile overlays can make a big difference in the health and well-being of those with a visual impairment. What makes Planet Fitness a great fit is:
Attitude, "You Belong"
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Kirstyn smith stated in a passionate testimonial: "With minimal training I was able to work up a sweat on the treadmill and elliptical! I can't convey just how empowering it was to be able to feel my way through all the options these powerful machines offer. From individualized programs, to speed and incline, to the menu of TV channels, it was all at my fingertips (literally) and I didn't need to ask for sighted assistance!"
[caption id="attachment_256" align="alignnone" width="225"] Kirstyn Smith operating a Treadmill with the HALOS tactile overlays[/caption]
Anne DeWitte and Tangible Surface Research are working on collaborating to exhibit accessible Planet Fitness equipment at the June 2019 American Council of the Blind national convention to be held in Rochester, New York.
Anne DeWitte is the founder of Tangible Surface Research, LLC
Anne is a product developer who concentrates on tactile interface projects. The majority of Tangible Surface Research, LLC company's research and development serves the visually impaired community, most notably the HALOS tactile icon products. At the request of a Planet Fitness member, Anne is developing a silicone overlay for the treadmill and elliptical that uses a set of tactile icons to identify the exercise equipment features. The response to the overlay testing has been excellent! Anne looks forward to making these overlays available for all visually impaired people.