Envision Sets Agenda For Spring 2021 Conference

February 26, 2021
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it has finalized the agenda for its Spring 2021 Conference, a two-day event to be livestreamed on March 26-27. Envision Virtual Spring Conference and its sibling program, Envision Conference East, are the premier multidisciplinary events focused on disseminating the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology surrounding low vision and low vision rehabilitation. Envision Conference East will be held August 20-21 at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, Ohio. Registration for both events can be made through the Envision Conference website, www.envisionconference.org.
 
Envision Virtual Conference kicks off on March 26, 2021 with an Opening Session featuring Parres M. Wright, O.D., F.A.A.O., an assistant professor at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Optometry. Dr. Wright has worked in private practice and completed her residency training in low vision rehabilitation and geriatric optometry at the VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. She will discuss, “Closing the Gap: Addressing Diversity Disparities and the Impact of COVID-19 Among the Visually Impaired.” She will also lead a session entitled, “An Exploration Into the Unique: A Review of Uncommon Phenomena Affecting Visually Impaired Patients.”
 
The packed two-day schedule of clinical education and research presentations will address topics covering a wide range of specialties, including optometry, ophthalmology, occupational therapy, genetics, neurology and other areas. Highlights include:
 
  • Chronic Conditions and Visual Impairment: Assistive Devices and Adaptive Techniques for Mobility, led by Anne Riddering, Ph.D., O.T., CLVT, COMS, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Vision & Neuro Rehabilitation;
  • Development of the VisionServe Alliance Rehabilitation Services Outcomes (VSA-RSO) Tool for Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services, moderated by Jared Reyes, Ph.D., an expert in language and literacy acquisition with culturally and linguistically diverse populations;
  • Assessing Fitness to Drive: Past, Present and Future, featuring Mark Wilkinson, O.D., Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, faculty member of the University of Iowa’s Institute for Vision Research and the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and chair of the Low Vision Committee for the National Eye Institute’s National Eye Health Education Program;
  • Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Dystrophies: Result Interpretation and Clinical Management, led by Rachelle Lin, O.D., member of the clinical team treating patients in the Low Vision Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury departments at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health in Anaheim, Calif., and Assistant Professor at Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO);
  • ODs and OTs: A Collaborative Approach to Obtain Successful Outcomes, with Erin Kenny, O.D., Assistant Professor and Chief of the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center at the Eye Institute of Salus University in Philadelphia, and Dawn Ciccarone, M.S., O.T., C.L.V.T., a clinical instructor for low vision, occupational therapy and optometry at the Center;
  • Current Research on Vision Loss and Occupational Risks, moderated by Bradley Dougherty, O.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Clinical Attending Optometrist in the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, who is currently studying the effects of stress and depression on inflammation and outcomes of treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD);
  • Neglected Topics in Vision Impairment Research Implications for Low Vision, led by Walter Wittich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Montreal and resident researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille du CISSS de la Montreal-Centre, where he studies dual sensory impairment and acquired deaf-blindness;
  • OT and Vision: Providing a Bridge to Practice through the OT Doctoral Process, presented by occupational therapist Kaitlin Cremer, OTD, SCLV, a member of the core faculty at the University of St. Augustine in Florida; and
  • Communication with Visually Impaired Older Adults Living with Comorbidities, also moderated by Walter Wittich, Ph.D.
 
Many sessions offer the opportunity to earn continuing education credits from such agencies as:
 
  • The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE);
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP); and
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
 
The full program is available at https://www.envisionuniversityevents.com/WYBNmG?RefId=agenda and speaker details can be found at https://www.envisionuniversityevents.com/VnmxDn?RefId=speakers.
 
“We are excited to present this year’s Spring Conference,” said Michael Epp, Envision’s manager of professional education. “Our virtual program will foster conversations and information sharing among low vision professionals and specialists in a variety of related fields from across the United States and around the world, ultimately raising the bar for care that will help so many confronted by vision issues and other related and unrelated challenges.”
 
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 and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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