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VRATE 2017

"Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things"

The 21st Annual VRATE Expo will be held on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at the Glendale Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar now

Attendee Registration is Free

VRATE 2017 is free to attend. Pre-Register On-Line to avoid the lines or you may register when you arrive at VRATE. Looking forward to seeing you there.


Presentations and Exhibitions Focused on:

  • Life-changing Assistive Technology
  • Resources for combined vision and hearing loss
  • Government and Community Services
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Free Wifi!

Free all day Parking!

Public transportation is availlable!

Information on community and government resources

Access to volunteers, sighted guides, and interpreters!

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Feature Presenter David Hurd - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

NASA’s many successful space missions and discoveries have resulted in the acquisition of thousands of images, movie clips and a variety of data in a range of scales. These resources have helped most of us to visualize, interpret and map distant planetary surfaces, leading to extraordinary discoveries.

But, what about individuals that are visually impaired or blind? We ask questions like this all of the time so that people with disabilities can have the same experiences as people without, whether it is understanding what an asteroid or small body is, experiencing a lunar or solar eclipse, or using spectroscopy to determine the composition of a planet’s surface.
For the last two decades we have been working with students, colleagues, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), teachers and parents to make earth and space science accessible for all. Three tactile books and associate educator resources are currently available.

Over the years, Hurd and his colleague Dr. Cass Runyon of the College of Charleston, have built a library of tactile charts, graphs and models. Recent work is being supported with a grant from NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.

Amazing Resources Explore today!



The Glendale Civic Center is located at 5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301

Free parking is available.

Multiple dining options nearby

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