A free event is coming to the Central Valley where people living with disabilities can learn of new ways to enhance their independence and quality of life.
The Ability Resource Fair and Assistive Technology Expo will take place on Sept. 25 at Howard Training Center in Modesto.
“This is kind of a ‘catch all’ type of expo,” said Sandra Graham, assistive technology advocate. “There are many different types of vendors that will be there, all with the same focus of helping people overcome barriers that they may face due to their disability in hopes of giving them a more independent lifestyle.”
There will be roughly 35 to 40 booths that will be sharing and displaying equipment information about assistive technology.
The event is provided by the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living and also sponsored by Howard Training Center, Modesto Mobility Center, Center for Disability Access, CareMore and Black Oak Casino.
“There are many larger expos like this in the Bay Area and LA,” said Graham. “But there’s nothing like it in the Central Valley and it’s difficult for people with disabilities to get to those types of events. [We] wanted to create something like that here, start small and build it up.”
Different resources such as disability government agencies and non-profit organizations will be in attendance and there will be a free raffle with prizes. Vendors will have different types of devices with technology adaptive equipment that people can get hands on time with and discover how it could benefit their life.
“The vendors will be able to show people how they can become more independent at home and in their community,” said Graham.
The event is open to the public and will take place in Witmer hall at Howard Training Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1424 Stonum Road. For more information visit facebook.com/drailatexpo.