Envision Issues Calls For Submissions, Registration For Fall Conference

April 25, 2019
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it is now accepting clinical education and research presentation submissions through June 30 for Envision Conference West, the premier accredited multidisciplinary event focusing on low vision and low vision rehabilitation. The conference will be held October 5-6 at the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Both submissions and participant registrations can be made through the Envision Conference website, www.envisionconference.org. An early bird online registration rate is available until July 31 for attendees who will gain access to the latest advances to close practice gaps, learn about developments in assistive technology, interact with researchers, hear crossover considerations in fields such as neurology and psychology, network with fellow practitioners from around the globe and earn continuing education credits.
 
“Every year since its inception, our conference has grown. We are the only international conference of our kind that brings low vision professionals, researchers and industry representatives together to share ideas on how to improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired,” said Michael Epp, manager of professional education at Envision. “We look forward to filling our Envision Conference West agenda with a broad diversity of topics and fostering lively conversation about how to advance practices in low vision rehabilitation even further to improve patient care.”
 
The Envision Conference planning committee is currently seeking intermediate and advanced content, particularly presentations involving the following:
 
  • Collaborations between low vision researchers, practitioners, educators and health care organizations;
  • Co-management models of interdisciplinary care;
  • Pediatric vision loss and rehabilitation;
  • Neuro-visual deficits;
  • Applied research in assistive technology, clinical practice outcomes measures and vocational accessibility and outcomes;
  • National and international exchanges of vision rehabilitation information among individuals, groups and institutions;
  • Patient communication and dual sensory loss;
  • Strengthening the role of low vision on the public health agenda;
  • Disparities in access to low vision care;
  • Practice gaps in low vision care delivery methods;
  • Addressing national eye health epidemics (e.g., diabetes and diabetic retinopathy; glaucoma; macular degeneration).
 
Held twice annually at locations across the country, Envision Conference attracts optometrists, ophthalmologists, researchers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists, nurses, teachers of the visually impaired, special education teachers and others. Many sessions also offer the opportunity to earn continuing education credits from agencies including:
 
  • 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).
 
Complete details about Envision Conference, including a link to the submissions site, can be found online at www.envisionconference.org.
 
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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