Independent Living Expo

You don’t want to miss the Independent Living Expo 2018 on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center! This is a free day of seeing, touching, trying and learning about the different types of assistive technology that can be used to assist a person with a disability to be independent.

All people use some sort of technology but for people with disabilities assistive technology provides equal access and assists them to perform functions that can be difficult. Types of assistive technology include augmentative communication devices, phone apps, screen readers, environmental and vehicle modifications, computer software, self-care items and more.

The Expo will bring information about services and devices under one roof so people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and others can see, feel, try and learn how assistive technology can support independent living. The Expo will also include workshops by Disability Determination Services, the Parent Education Advocacy Training Center, the Virginia Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Action Network and Ann McGee Green, attorney.

Sponsors of the Expo include Anthem HealthKeepers, the Virginia Housing Development Authority and United Healthcare. The event is being organized by the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center (BRILC), a private, nonprofit organization that assists individuals with disabilities to be independent.

For information about the Expo or about BRILC, call 540-342-1231 (v), VA Relay 7-1-1 or go to