Independent living for Eagle County’s visually impaired |

Independent living for Eagle County’s visually impaired

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – A meeting for the visually impaired in the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, 1402 Blake Ave.

Diana Martinez, outreach coordinator for the Center for Independence (CFI) in Grand Junction, will present ideas and tips on living independently with vision impairment.

Martinez speaks to groups and individuals throughout the western slope, educating people about services available to support and encourage independent living. Her presentation will include topics such as devices available for the visually impaired, skills and helpful aids to assist in the home and information about the availability of large print checks from banks.

“People of all walks of life can develop some problem with their sight,” says Cheryl Thomas, Rural Resort RSVP Coordinator for Eagle County. “The purpose of this program is not only to educate, but also to organize support groups for the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys.”

Seniors may be more susceptible to developing vision problems such as macular degeneration, Thomas said.

Limited transportation to the event from Basalt and Eagle Valley is available. For more information, call Thomas at 970-328-8818 or toll free at 1-800-225-6136, ext. 8818.

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