On April 27, Radio Eye set up our information table at the 2014 I Know Expo, in the Lexington Convention Center. It was a great opportunity to connect with future listeners and caregivers, and we learned about a few things we thought we should share with our readers.
I Know Expo is the result of Gale Reese’s experience care giving for three members of her family. As founder of ITNBluegrass, she realized a need for collective resource sharing and created iknowexpo.org. (ITNBluegrass is a transportation service for visually impaired adults and people over 60!)
The expo is a once a year event, and exhibitors and speakers present all day, but the resources are available all the time on the I Know website: http://iknowexpo.org/resource-directory/ .
There were some really interesting products on display, and Doug from ZOUNDS of Lexington (http://zoundshearing.com/lexington/about-us/) told us about how the hearing aids they offer are rechargeable, meaning someone with visual or fine motor difficulties would not have to worry about dealing with tiny batteries.
Of course, our friends from the Lexington Public Library were there, lexpuplib.org , and also, the folks from Kentucky Talking Book Library- A library service for people who are visually impaired or physically disabled. http://kdla.ky.gov/librarians/talkingbook/Pages/default.aspx
The great thing about I Know is that they work year round to bring information to the Bluegrass community, and if you missed this year’s expo, there are I Know Sunday Sessions on the 4th Sunday of every month, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky. These sessions are free! The next session is on May 18, 2014, featuring Laura Dake, AARP Volunteer Trainer, presenting : AARP’s Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families
You can find the whole schedule of speakers here:
–Lissa Probus, Volunteer