To mark World Sight Day 2012 four charities are joining forces to hold a major exhibition at the River Centre, Tonbridge aiming to help people affected by sight and hearing loss, and additional learning disabilities. Organised by Kent Association for the Blind, along with input from Guide Dogs, Hi Kent and Seeability – the event called ‘Sight Matters’ will take place on Thursday October 11th, from 10am to 4pm.

Head of Rehab Services for KAB, Jonathan Ward says, “It is remarkable what equipment and computers are out there now for people with sight and hearing loss that can make life so much easier and more independent. The event will have over 30 exhibitors for people to visit. Guide Dogs will be on hand to give taster sessions on what it is like to get out and about with a dog as a mobility aid. And there will also be seminars for professionals to learn more about how to interact with and care for people with sensory impairments.”

The day will be full of talks and activities to highlight awareness of the issues surrounding sight and hearing loss, including British Sign Language tasters, and sight impairment awareness raising sessions. Seeability, who are a charity that provide services to people with learning disabilities and sight impairment, will enable people to touch and experience equipment used in the testing of eyes. This helps break down barriers of anxiety to having regular eye tests.

For more information about the Sight Matters Exhibition – contact Jess Evans on 01227 763366. For more information on eye conditions visit www.kab.org.uk. Or if anyone you know is concerned about their eyesight please contact KAB on 01622 691357.