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New England Low Vision & Blindness Expands to New Location in Shelton, CT
Worcester, MA (May 2, 2016) – In response to recent growth and a demand for more locations, Scott Krug, President and Owner of New England Low Vision and Blindness (NELV&B), announces the opening of a new low vision showroom in Shelton, Connecticut. This location will add more flexibility and convenience for people with vision impairments to get assessments, hands-on experience and training with low vision and blindness devices from every major supplier of vision assistive technology.
New England Low Vision and Blindness is a full-service technology and training company that provides low vision and blindness products and training services to people who are blind and visually impaired and to the professionals who serve them throughout the six states of New England.
The new space, consisting of 1256 square feet in the Huntington Point building, will be multifunctional with a low vision technology showroom where people can see and learn about the latest low vision and blindness adaptive technology from more than 15 suppliers. It will also have areas designated for trainings and in-service meetings to help low vision professionals become more familiar with the latest in low vision technology and a new low vision clinic with an optometrist specializing in vision rehabilitation.
“We are excited to open our new low vision showroom in Shelton, Connecticut,” says Krug. “This location is a one-stop shop where people with vision impairments and the professionals who serve them can get hands-on with the latest technology and a low vision eye exam from Dr. Kara Gagnon, our National Director of Low Vision Optometry and Rehabilitation Services to help maximize their remaining vision and regain their independence.”
This expansion is part of a six-month growth trend by New England Low Vision and Blindness that has included the acquisition of Vision Dynamics (making NELV&B New England’s largest provider of low vision and blindness aids and training services), obtaining partnerships with Freedom Scientific and Sitecues and hiring additional employees.
New England Low Vision and Blindness’ newest low vision showroom will be located at:
1077 Bridgeport Avenue, Suite 103
Shelton, CT 06484
New England Low Vision and Blindness is headquartered in Worcester MA and has been a family-owned and locally operated low vision and blindness distributor since 2009. All of New England Low Vision and Blindness’ contact information will remain the same.
For more information about the new location in Shelton, Connecticut, visit www.nelowvision.com or call 888-211-6933.
Vision Dynamics Acquired by New England Low Vision & Blindness
Worcester, MA (February 23, 2016) – New England Low Vision and Blindness today announced its complete acquisition of Vision Dynamics, a 19-year provider of low vision and blindness aids to the people of Connecticut and to government agencies across the nation.
This acquisition is part of a four-month growth trend by New England Low Vision and Blindness that has included obtaining a partnership with Freedom Scientific to provide their low vision aids and hiring additional employees dedicated to customer care.
“We are excited about the growth path that New England Low Vision and Blindness is on,” said Scott Krug, President of New England Low Vision and Blindness. “With the acquisition of Vision Dynamics we are not making any major changes, we are just expanding our current services to add more products, more locations, more people who can readily respond to the needs of people with low vision and blindness in New England and across the country.”
New England Low Vision and Blindness is New England’s leading provider of low vision aids, blindness aids and training services to people who are blind and visually impaired and to the professionals who serve them.
This acquisition enables New England Low Vision and Blindness to now carry low vision and blindness aids by every major provider. People with vision loss throughout New England can access thousands of low vision aids by all 16 major suppliers with one call.
With the acquisition of Vision Dynamics, New England Low Vision and Blindness now adds a second showroom in Connecticut where people with vision impairment can get hands-on experience with all low vision and blindness aids on the market. People who had difficulty traveling to the Vision Dynamics showroom, can now benefit from New England Low Vision and Blindness who brings the low vision showroom directly to people’s homes by appointment.
“This acquisition expands what we offer” said Charlie Collins, Founder of Vision Dynamics. “There’s more resources, more product array and a much bigger team throughout New England to help serve those suffering with low vision and blindness.”
Vision Dynamics was founded by Charlie Collins who was diagnosed with Juvenile Macular Degeneration at age 13. After finding ways to cope with his eye disease with the help of adaptive equipment, Collins went on to found Vision Dynamics in 1997, including a retail location where people with vision loss could receive consultation, try adaptive equipment and find low vision aids to help them use their remaining vision to live independent again.
“We’re not only continuing the legacy of Vision Dynamics,” said Krug, “but with our combined resources now we’re making the experience of the customer even more expansive, bigger, stronger and better. Now more than ever we are uniquely structured to offer industry leading opportunity and options for people so that they can become more independent, active and happy.”
This historic acquisition makes New England Low Vision and Blindness the largest provider of electronic low vision and blindness aids and training services in New England, while expanding their locations.
“We are taking the best of both companies and becoming bigger, better with more staff to provide more consultations and more adaptive equipment to complete our comprehensive catalogue of low vision and blindness aids, software and training services,” said Krug.
New England Low Vision and Blindness is headquartered in Worcester MA and has been a family-owned and locally-operated low vision and blindness distributor since 2009.
About New England Low Vision and Blindness
New England Low Vision and Blindness (NELV&B) is New England’s leading provider of low vision and blindness aids, providing assessments, products delivered direct to door and training services, enabling people who are blind and visually impaired to live independently. For more information, please call 888-211-6933 or email: [email protected]
Left: Charlie Collins, director of sales for Optelec US, looks on as Estelle Goselin, of Norwich, as she tries out the Optelec ClearView+Speech system during a demonstration Wednesday at the Otis Library in Norwich. Right: Estelle Goselin, who suffers from macular degeneration, tries out the new text magnification technology Wednesday at the library.
For some people, reading this print is difficult. They hold up magnifying glasses and may need to squint, and their frustration can be overwhelming.
On Wednesday, Norwich’s Otis Library debuted a new reading tool designed to aid those who have difficulty reading smaller print.
The device, Optelec Clearview+Speech, is a 24-inch touch-screen monitor that allows those suffering from vision impairment to read documents and to hear through text-to-speech technology.
Elanah Sherman, who works for the state Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, has worked with the library in the past to improve services for those with disabilities. She said she was “wonderfully surprised” by the news of the new system.
“Access and independence are two keystones” of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sherman said. “With this technology, the library offers both to their patrons with low vision.”
Staff members were trained on the new system, and it only took about an hour to get in-depth knowledge of it. The hope is that patrons who want to read or have their material read aloud will be able to navigate the device within minutes.
“The idea for the company was simplicity,” said Charlie Collins, director of sales for Optelec US and founder of Vision Dynamics.
Use of the equipment entails placing reading material, such as a newspaper, at the base of the monitor, where the magnifier is. Instantly, the subject is displayed on screen. Using a finger, the reader can tap the screen to enlarge and decrease size as well as change the text from black on white or white on black.
The text-to-speech system, also operated by a finger tap or by mouse click, can read 30 languages with the option to change reading voices; the function can only be used for printed works, though, not handwritten materials.
Estelle Goselin, of Norwich, has macular degeneration and uses a handheld magnifier to read things, but she said it hardly helps. She wants to use the new equipment to read things such as her checks and mail since now she relies on someone to double-check those things.
Goselin, whose daughter, Julie Menders, is a program coordinator at Otis, said she wants to “be independent as long as I can.”
Otis Library was able to purchase the new system using a grant with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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