Envision announced today that Matt Simpson, a champion goalball player and the membership and outreach coordinator for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, and Dr. Jeanne Derber, a Colorado Springs-based optometrist and director of vision services for the United States Olympic Training Center, will serve as co-keynote speakers at its 10th annual Envision Conference September 9-12 in Denver.
Envision’s 10th annual conference will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and information on approaches to low vision rehabilitation. Over four days, ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, academics and other vision care professionals will attend sessions, 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.
Mr. Simpson was diagnosed at an early age with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, a degenerative retina condition. He has been an avid goalball player since he was 10 years old. Mr. Simpson is a member of the USA Men’s National Team and has won two USABA National Championships, an International Blind Sports Federation World Youth Championship, and has qualified for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Washington and Lee University graduate, he also hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future.
Dr. Derber has been in private practice in Colorado Springs since graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983, and has been named Optometrist of the Year by the Colorado Optometric Association, of which she is a member. She has held her role with the U.S. Olympic Training Center since 1988, and has done numerous vision screenings for elite athletes and lectured across the United States on sports vision. She is also a certified medical classifier for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the International Blind Sports Association, and is a consultant for the Colorado College hockey team.
We are delighted to have booked Matt Simpson and Dr. Jeanne Derber to open our 10th annual conference, said Michael Epp, Director of Professional Education at Envision.
We hope that by hearing from an accomplished athlete and a specialist who helps others realize their full athletic potential, our attendees will be motivated not only to absorb all the information presented during our event but also to return home and apply it.
The keynote address will take place during the Opening Plenary Session on Thursday, September 10. Full details of the 2015 program are available at www.envisionconference.org.