Envision announced today that its 10th annual Envision Conference will be held September 9–12, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Organizers of the program, which gathers specialists from around the globe to share knowledge on the latest findings and approaches related to addressing vision impairment, are now accepting submissions of prospective clinical education and research abstract presentations to be included on the four day agenda. Full details of the 2015 program are available at www.envisionconference.org.
We are delighted to bring our program to Denver, said Michael Epp, Envision’s Director of Professional Education, noting that the program has been hosted in Minneapolis for the past two years.
As much as Envision Conference attracts attendees from around the world, we believe hosting it in different regions of the country will help broaden our exposure within the United States and facilitate attendance by many regional colleagues. We expect Conference 2015 to be our best program yet.
The Envision Conference typically offers 90 hours of clinical education and research sessions pertaining to low vision. Participants enhance their ability to:
- describe the most current research and clinical practices in low vision rehabilitation
- recommend appropriate patients who could benefit from low vision rehabilitation
- recognize the multidisciplinary nature of professionals involved in low vision patient care
- assess the potential for patients to maximize functional vision through low vision rehabilitation
- select appropriate resources and adaptive strategies for patients with permanent vision loss
- develop strategies for strengthening the role of low vision on the public health agenda
- address disparities in access to low vision care
- provide opportunities and training to address national eye health epidemics.
Many sessions can earn attendees continuing education accreditation through agencies including: the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC), Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
Fostering both continuing education and multidisciplinary efforts to address low vision is an integral part of Envision’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research, said Envision Vice President of Foundation and Mission Services Heather Hogan.
We look forward to reviewing presentation submissions, creating a robust program that will offer something for everyone in attendance and welcoming many practitioners and researchers to Denver next September.
Two Scholarships Offered
This year Envision also is introducing two scholarships to attend its annual conference. Each scholarship will be awarded to either a full-time student studying clinical areas of low vision rehabilitation (optometry, ophthalmology, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility or low vision therapy), or to a Ph.D. candidate specializing in research related to low vision applications or clinical outcomes. Scholarships will cover the full cost of registration, but do not include travel or hotel expenses. Students interested in applying for a scholarship should submit a curriculum vitae, at least one letter of reference from a professor or clinical supervisor, a completed application and a one-page narrative explaining their interest in low vision rehabilitation or research and outlining how attending the conference would benefit their education or career. Applications can be downloaded here and are due by April 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by May15, 2015.