Envision Names Joshua A. Miele Ph.D., Scientist And Inspirational Speaker, Keynote Speaker For 2016 Conference, Sept. 7-10 In Denver

April 27, 2016
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D., founder and director of the Video Description Research and Development Center and associate director of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, will deliver the keynote address at the 11th annual Envision Conference, Sept. 7-10 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference where optometrists and rehabilitation therapists to special education teachers and government policy makers can receive updates and collaborate on the latest ideas and advancements in vision rehabilitation, research, practice and technology. 

Dr. Miele will speak Sept. 8 during the Opening Plenary Session. He will discuss issues related to accessible technology, self-determination, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education), disability, inclusion, universal design and The Maker Movement. His expertise in these topics comes from his personal life and 25 years of professional experience in developing innovative, information-accessibility solutions for people who are blind and visually impaired.

An unprovoked and senseless acid attack when he was only 4 years old left Dr. Miele blind and caused permanent deformities to his face and other parts of his body. Despite these physical setbacks, he completed a mainstream education in New York and then moved to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he worked for a technology company that invented a screen reader for Macintosh computers, a critical development at a time when blind and visually impaired individuals feared losing employment opportunities as computing shifted from command-line to the then-new graphic user interface (GUI). Dr. Miele provided technical support on the product and later helped guide its expansion to the Windows platform. The experience sparked his interest in information accessibility and he returned to school to obtain a graduate degree and then a doctorate in psychoacoustics, the study of auditory perception. 

“Dr. Miele is an inspiration both in his personal achievement in the face of adversity and in his undying commitment to making the ever-expanding digital world more universally accessible,” said Michael Epp, manager of professional education at Envision. “His work and his example are jointly inspiring more individuals who are blind and visually impaired to reach their full academic and professional potential.”

Dr. Miele’s address is expected to kick off the largest Envision Conference to date. Registration is now open and submissions are currently being accepted for prospective clinical education and research abstract presentations (see below). For more information and to register for the Envision Conference, visit www.envisionconference.org.

A Call for Submissions
Submissions are now being accepted for prospective clinical education and research abstract presentations to be included on the four-day Envision Conference agenda. The annual conference has established itself as the premier multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and information on approaches to low vision rehabilitation, offering ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, academics and other vision care professionals 90 hours of clinical education and research sessions. Attendees can also view exhibits of the latest low-vision products and services and share knowledge from around the globe in an effort to improve approaches to minimizing the adverse impact of vision loss.
Many sessions at Envision Conference can earn attendees continuing education accreditation through agencies including:
  • The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE);
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME);
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) ;
  • Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC);
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC); and
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

About Envision: Envision (www.envisionus.com) promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com

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