Independent-living expo on tap May 7

A new expo on independent living will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

The event will feature more than 50 providers of assistive technology and services that help people with disabilities live independently, according to a news release.

It will include mini workshops on such topics as special needs long-term financial planning, the Americans with Disabilities Act and assistive technology for schools, service-dog demonstrations, deaf and hard-of-hearing technology demonstrations and 911 emergency preparations.

State and national organizations participating include the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Goodwill, the Virginia Assistive Technology System and more. Types of assistive technology at the event will include augmented input/output devices, speech recognition devices, braille, Bluetooth, phone apps, screen readers, environmental and vehicle modifications, computer software, self-care items and more.

A full list of exhibitors can be found at

Independent-living expo on tap May 7

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