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Open House at Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey on July 11 Showcases How IPhones/IPads Open Door to Independence

Misty Hagan (left) and Ursula Rucki (center) enjoy a laugh with Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey technology instructor Jonathan Lango while learning to use the iPhone’s accessibility features.

IPhones and iPads are empowering people with vision loss, providing them technological tools to more easily manage daily living.

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, one of the longest-serving nonprofits for adults with vision loss, will host an open house on Tuesday, July 11 to showcase its 13-week technology program. 

The training teaches people how to use their iPhones and iPads to read food labels, organize cash, read emails and letters, download audiobooks and apps, record voice memos, identify color of clothing, and more.

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“I feel like I have so much independence because of this phone,” said Vision Loss Alliance participant Ursula Rucki. 

The open house, featuring a iPhone/iPad demonstration, will be held 1 to 3 p.m. at Vision Loss Alliance’s Denville location, 155 Morris Ave. The event is free but registration is required. Call (973) 627-0055, ext. 1312 or send an email to to sign up.

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, formerly NJ Foundation for the Blind, offers a full continuum of programs that address each stage of adjustment to vision loss in a friendly, supportive environment in Denville. Wellness programs, including yoga, horticultural therapy, Djembe drumming and fitness classes are also offered in Montclair and Ridgewood.

The National Eye Institute estimates that more than 13 million U.S. residents will have some type of vision impairment by 2050.



Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) that provides practical training and emotional support to help those who have experienced profound vision loss regain self-esteem and self-reliance. Since its founding in 1943, Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey has used a holistic approach to empower those with profound vision loss to live engaged, productive and independent lives. Go to for more information.


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