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First VI Assistive Technology Expo Set for May 24

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The Virgin Islands Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Program (VITRAID) is hosting its first Assistive Technology Expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Windward Passage Hotel on St. Thomas.

This event will bring together local, regional, and national vendors to meet with the disability community of the Virgin Islands to showcase some of the most advanced and practical assistive technology devices and services available. 

“We are excited to be able to offer this Assistive Technology Expo to our community residents,” said Sharon Williams, assistant director of VITRAID. “The focus will be to offer individuals with disabilities, as well as other participants – teachers, allied/health professionals and family members – the opportunity to engage in one-on-one demonstrations of technologies for people with various disabilities.” 

Free presentations will be offered throughout the day by assistive technology experts. There will also be educational sessions on the development and use of communication devices – also known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) – along with other assistive technology software, applications and devices.

VITRAID is a community program committed to providing Virgin Islands residents with free access to information on assistive technology, and training on devices that have been designed for use in the home, school and community.  VITRAID operates under the direct supervision and oversight of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental (VIUCEDD).