Clallam’s National Federation of the Blind to host Vision Loss Fair

Vision Loss Fair

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 22

Where: Olympic Medical Services Building upstairs conference Room A, 840 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.

Cost: Free

More info: Call 582-6931 or email .

 The ability to see doesn’t define a person, nor does it dictate what is possible — yet learning to navigate and continue life without sight can be an arduous process.

Nationally, about 1.3 million people are legally blind, according to the National Federation of the Blind.

Geographically zooming in, an estimated 24,000 people within Clallam County have some degree of vision loss that’s not correctable, said Kyle Parrish, president of the federation’s local Clallam County chapter.

“That’s a big number for this size community,” he said.

In hopes of helping and connecting those experiencing varying degrees of blindness, the Clallam County National Federation of the Blind is hosting its fourth annual Vision Loss Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April. 22. Although held in

Sequim at the Olympic Medical Services Building’s conference Room A, 850 N. Fifth Ave., the fair aims to serve the entire county.
“Helping people … that’s what it’s all about,” Parrish said. “The goal is to inform people living with low or total blindness that there’s life after blindness.”

Parrish is able to assist those adapting to blindness from a personal perspective as someone that lost his vision nearly 50 years ago at age 15.

“I was very angry for a lot of years,” he said…….

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Source: Sequim Gazette