HANNIBAL, NY – People with vision problems are invited to visit Oswego County Opportunities’ Senior Dining and Activity Center in Hannibal to use their new CCTV that was provided through a grant from the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
CCTVs or electronic video magnifiers have had a dramatic impact on low vision rehabilitation as they have maximized what those with a visual impairment can do.
Video magnifiers provide people with moderate to severe vision loss the opportunity to read newspapers, magazines, bills, and personal correspondence.
The screen, which is viewed from a normal reading distance, allows for rapid change in magnification, offers a larger field of view, and makes hand writing much easier than using conventional magnifiers.
“We are thankful to the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired for allowing us to be able to provide people in the Hannibal community with the many benefits the CCTV will offer them,” said Program Services Coordinator for OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services Program, Trinity Engle. “As people age, they sometimes lose their autonomy and must rely on others to help them, that can be very discouraging. The new CCTV will not only help them read and view things, it helps them gain some of their independence, as well as their personal privacy, back so that they can enjoy a much more independent lifestyle.”
A federally funded agency, the CBVH provides rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, and other services to residents of New York State who are legally blind and want to remain independent in their own communities.
Located at the Hannibal Library and Community Center, 162 Oswego St., the OCO Senior Dining and Activity Center is open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays.
Community members are welcome to visit the center during these hours to use the machine.
OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services administers several Senior Dining and Activity Centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal, interact with their friends and fellow seniors, and participate in a number of activities.
These sites are located in Fulton, Sandy Creek, Oswego, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Constantia.
For more information on OCO’s Senior Dining and Activity Centers, call Engle at 598-4712.