Accessibility - Vision
The greatest challenge in learning to turn for the blind and low-vision community is the lack of learning opportunities and adaptive technology, not the lack of vision. The average AAW member is a baby boomer now 60- to 65-years old. The AAW’s second largest member segment is members who are 45- to 60-years old. Given those demographics, the AAW has direct experience with the challenges that woodturners experience with age-related vision loss.
As the population ages, the number of members with visual impairments is increasing. The challenge is to improve service to our current audience by providing information and adaptive resources and to reach out to new potential turners to make them aware that this artform is and will continue to be accessible to them.