Media/Events

The staff of Florida Reading and Vision Technology are regularly involved in various events throughout the Sunshine State. This page will be updated on a continual basis as we stay active in Florida.

  • Dining in the Dark 2014, Lighthouse of Broward

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  • Lesa Kretschmer, CEO of Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. Named Event Chair of the Foundation Fighting Blindness 2014 South Florida VisionWalk

    On Saturday, November 15, 2014 the South Florida community had the opportunity to walk at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, in support of finding a cure for blinding retinal diseases.

    Florida Reading & Vision Technology Team at South Florida VisionWalk

    Florida Reading & Vision Technology Team

    "The Vision Walk is an excellent opportunity for the South Florida community to get involved in our grassroots effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight to cure blindness" Lesa Kretschmer

    Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB)

    On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the south Florida community had the opportunity to walk at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, in support of finding a cure for blinding retinal diseases. According to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome are currently affecting more than 10 million Americans.

    Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc., leading national retailer of assistive technology for the blind and those suffering from low vision, was proud to participate in this event. “I am deeply honored to be named Honorary Chair of the 8th Annual South Florida VisionWalk,” stated Lesa Kretschmer, CEO of Florida Reading and Vision Technology, Inc. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the south Florida community to come out and support the work the Foundation is doing to raise awareness and funds for those who have been living in darkness.”
    Since 2006, VisionWalk, the Foundation’s signature 5K fundraising program, surpassed the $30 million mark, with more than 50 annual walkathons engaging 100,000 people in the fight against blindness driving the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

    Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. invites you to join the FRAVTI Team by registering at
    http://www.fightblindness.org/goto/FloridaReadingandVisionCenter.

    Founded in 2000, Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc. has grown into a thriving e-commerce business offering more than 700 products to the blind and deaf populous. Already this year, CEO Lesa Kretschmer and her team have launched four new low vision products, sponsored or participated in a dozen events around the State of Florida.

    To connect with Lesa Kretschmer and Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. visit http://www.floridareading.com or stop by the store at 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311. Like what we are doing? Show us at facebook.com/FloridaReading.

    About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.
    According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.

    To learn more or order a product visit us online or call 1-800-981-5119.

  • Share the Vision 2014 Committee - Lighthouse of Broward

    Kerry Fasanelli, left, Lesa Kretschmer and Jamie Finizio-Bascombe

    Kerry Fasanelli, left, Lesa Kretschmer and Jamie Finizio-Bascombe
  • Echo-Sense CheckMates Glasses Help the Blind to See Greater Independence

    Echo-Sense CheckMates glasses help Dr. Michael Arbitman, of imUNEEK, to see greater independence. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. featured CheckMates at National Federation of the Blind National Convention in Orlando, FL - July 2-5, 2014.

    Dr. Michael Arbitman wearing Echo-Sense CheckMates Glasses

    Dr. Michael Arbitman wearing Echo-Sense CheckMates Glasses

    'The CheckMates have given me back a measure of the freedom I lost when I lost my vision,' says Arbitman who has been blind now for seven years.

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

    Echo-Sense, Inc. has introduced a fascinating product designed to allow family members, friends and colleagues of people who are blind and visually impaired to offer assistance in a wide variety of activities from reading and shopping to travel in airports, malls and unfamiliar situations.

    This product comes in the form of a pair of electronic glasses attached to a custom charging system and phone holster which can be linked to a PC or Smartphone to provide live streaming audio and video. When the wearer of the glasses connects in this manner to another computer, the sighted person using the computer gets a view of the world from the wearer’s point of view. This setup allows the sighted person to guide the person who is blind or visually impaired.

    Dr. Michael Arbitman, of imUNEEK, believes that the Echo-Sense CheckMates glasses have offered to him vastly improved quality of life. He has found the CheckMates very helpful in a wide variety of situations.

    When he is wearing the CheckMates, his wife is able to read newspaper articles and the labels of his prescription medications. She can also help him to identify money when he is out shopping; having someone you can trust help to identify your currency is a definite plus.

    “The CheckMates have given me back a measure of the freedom I lost when I lost my vision,” says Arbitman who has been blind now for seven years.

    Arbitman has also found the glasses very helpful in the following situations. One day, he was getting ready for an event and he wanted to be color coordinated with the members of his team. He connected the CheckMates to one of his team members who helped Arbitman find the tie that was the best match for those being worn by his colleagues. On another occasion, he was setting up his surround sound and video system and became frustrated because he couldn’t get things to work properly. He whipped out his CheckMates and connected with his best friend Eddie who walked Dr. Arbitman through the setup of the Onkyo receiver with his Bose system. "I’m totally blind myself and often take on similar tasks in my home. I can think of a few occasions similar to connecting a surround sound system where the CheckMates would have really come in handy."

    Arbitman tried an especially fascinating experiment on a day when his creative juices must have been really flowing. He decided to try driving a car. He got behind the wheel and his wife was seated in the passenger seat by his side. She was able to direct him as he drove the car; don’t worry. He was just driving around a parking lot. Arbitman is so confident and comfortable with the glasses that he has carried his young child while being guided by his wife on shopping expeditions in a busy mall. Finally, Arbitman has used the CheckMates to find things on the ground such as the delivered newspaper and has discovered things like flat tires with the glasses.

    The CheckMates offer the wearer an added sense of security when out and about. This would be especially helpful for those new to vision loss. As they adjust to independent travel, they can get assistance from those they trust. This would help increase their confidence and thus their independence.

    Florida Reading & Vision Technology featured the Echo-Sense CheckMates Glasses at the National Federation of the Blind National Conference in Orlando, FL, July 2-5, 2014.

    About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.
    According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.

    CheckMates – EchoSense™ Network Glasses are now available through Florida Reading and Vision Technology located at 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 or by ordering online at http://www.floridareading.com/echosense-checkmates.html. For more information please call 800-981-5119.

  • Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses Launched Wearables for Blind & Visually Impaired at CSUN 29th Annual International Technology & Person with Disabilities Conference

    Wearables for the Visually Impaired & Blind all the Rage in the CSUN Exhibit Hall. Assistive Technology manufacturers from around the world featured their wares.

    Echo-Sense CheckMates Booth at CSUN Conference

    Echo-Sense CheckMates Booth at CSUN Conference

    'Our unique advantage is the ability to stream over cellular networks,' said Haden Etheridge, from Vizion Partners.

    San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

    Representatives from agencies that serve the blind and visually impaired, assistive technology specialists, and blind consumers from around the world had the opportunity to get a live demonstration of Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses - Wearables for the Blind - at the CSUN 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, CA. According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind.

    Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc., leading national retailer of assistive technology for the blind and those suffering from low vision, is proud to participate in this annual event. “I love participating in the CSUN conference as it allows me to get feedback from around the globe as to the value of a new product,” states Lesa Kretschmer, CEO of Florida Reading and Vision Technology, Inc. “This international event also provides individuals the opportunity to take part in bring innovation to the blind & visually impaired community.”

    Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses enable the wearer to connect to family, friends, and colleagues via the cellular network or WiFi access point to a VPN server. The server reflects the live video and audio streams to the observer, who is connected and signed on the Echo-Sense monitor site. This live stream is viewed on a desktop, laptop or mobile device. The wearer’s location and orientation is superimposed on a Google map, and real-time streaming audio and 120 degree view from the glasses of the wearer’s perspective. The person monitoring or viewing the site can see events as they unfold, and also instruct the wearer to perform certain tasks such as navigation guides whereby insuring their comfort and safety.

    “Our unique advantage is the ability to stream over cellular networks,” said Haden Etheridge, from Vizion Partners. “I have a whole new understanding of the value of Echo-Sense CheckMates after getting to witness first hand testimony of so many people who are blind, and who are getting to try them for the first time,” he said.

    “Does this mean my mom can call me when she is at the mall and I will be able to tell her how to get back to the bus stop so that I won’t have to go pick her up?” said Shelley, whose elderly visually impaired mother lives with her. CheckMates developer, Milan Slamka of Echo-Sense, Inc. was quick to tell her, “Yes, and this is just the beginning of the increased independence she will have by using CheckMates when she is out of her comfort zone or needs a little extra guidance from a trusted family member or friend.”

    Stephen, a prospective distributor commented, “CheckMates would allow my visually impaired technicians to call in when they need that extra bit of assistance like a back up set up eyes, saving the expense of a second technician having to fly across the country to be on-site in a timely manner!”

    Florida Reading & Vision Technology’s team includes developer, Milan Slamka, Echo-Sense, Inc., and Vizion Partners.

    Echo-Sense has developed critical IP that will revolutionize the way connectivity and real-time video can be delivered over mobile cellular networks and WiFi Access Points. Echo-Sense IP is summarized in four (4) US patent applications and two (2) International PCT’s. Echo-Sense development are direct reflection of working through a series of International experts in DSP’s/Customer ASIC’s, FL, Acoustics, Firmware/Software and Electronic Architecture and relationships with worldwide leading experts at leading universities from around the globe.

    Founded in 2000, Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc. has grown into a thriving e-commerce business offering more than 600 products to the blind and deaf populous. Already this year, CEO Lesa Kretschmer and her team have launched several new low vision and blindness products, hosted several Train the Trainer Clinics, and has begun traveling nationwide to promote Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses.

  • Enroll in ZoomText University!

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    Two-Day Training Course in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 & Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Where: Florida Reading and Vision Technology
    What: ZoomText University

    Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    If you are a teacher that needs to know how to use the latest screen magnification technology, an IT professional that needs to assist low vision clients, a student or current ZoomText customer who needs to know how to get the most out of ZoomText, then this hands-on training is just for you.

    Ai Squared and Florida Reading and Vision Technology are proud to announce ZoomText training in Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 16 – 17, 2014. The training will be located at the following address:

    Florida Reading and Vision Technology
    Lighthouse of Broward County
    650 N. Andrews Ave. Suite 115
    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33311

    What do you get when you sign up for ZoomText training?

    • Hands-on training with an authorized Ai Squared Trainer
    • An understanding for all of the advanced features of ZoomText 10
    • Knowledge on how to use Microsoft Office and ZoomText together effectively
    • Familiarity of the Internet and how to use it to its full advantage with ZoomText
    • Information on how to customize ZoomText for your specific preferences
    • 1.2 CEUs available (for an additional fee of $25)

    Unlike other training courses that can cost up to $1,000 or more, ZoomText training is only $399 per student for a two-day class!  Ai Squared accepts most major credit cards, checks, money orders, and almost all state authorizations.

    To sign up for the training, please contact Kimberly Cline at Ai Squared by phone at 802-367-6152, by e-mail at kcline@aisquared.com or you can register online.
    For directions to the training location, please call Florida Reading at 800-981-5119.

    Space is limited, so sign up soon!

  • The Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center Brings the Community Together to Honor Macular Degeneration Awareness Day - May 1, 2013

    May 1st of each year has been selected by the Senate of the State of Florida as Macular Degeneration Awareness Day to direct public attention to the disease and the need for rehabilitation. Leading the charge in Ft. Lauderdale, the Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center hosted a FREE event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at the Lighthouse of Broward (650 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311).

    Florida Reading and Vision Technology (L to R): Elly du Pre,Dr. Danzig, Nicole Patterson and Lesa Kretschmer

    Participants enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology available, remarks about current treatments and research from Dr. Danzig of the RAND Eye Institute and a presentation regarding low vision exams from Nova Southeastern’s OD Chief of Low Vision and Geriatric Services, Nicole Patterson.

    Representatives from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Talking Books Library and Division of Blind Services were on hand. Additionally, all attendees had the opportunity to tour the Lighthouse and shop at the Florida Reading and Vision Technology Center - one of 30 low vision “toy” stores nationwide.

    Affecting more than 11 million people each year, Macular Degeneration is a disease that requires continuing educational resources and cutting edge technology.  Numerous Broward County municipalities have expressed their unwavering support for the services provided by organizations such as the Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center by issuing proclamations recognizing May 1st as Macular Degeneration Awareness Day.

    “It’s an honor to receive support from an overwhelming number of cities such as Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach and Plantation, just to name a few,” stated Lesa Kretschmer, President of Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. “We are pleased to be hosting this event to not only offer support for those whose suffer from Macular Degeneration but to raise community-wide awareness.”

    Macular Degeneration is a medical condition which is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults ages 50 years and older. This debilitating damage to the retina, known as Macular Degeneration, can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

    About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.

    According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.

    To learn more or order a product visit www.floridareading.com or call 1-800-981-5119. Like what we are doing? Show us at Facebook.com/floridareading

  • Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon

    Patrick and Guide Dog "Prince" after a Trekker Breeze Walk at Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon - February 2009

  • Grand Opening of the Florida Reading and Vision Center

    Here are photos taken from the Grand Opening of the Florida Reading and Vision Center, which took place in October 2008.

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  • FRAVTI at CSUN 2008

    Photos of FRAVTI's CSUN 2008 Exhibition in Los Angeles, CA

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