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Envision announces dates, locations for 2019 conferences on low vision

November 28, 2018
Wichita, Kan. – For the first time since its inception in 2006, Envision Conference will be split into two events for the upcoming year: Envision Conference East, March 22-23, 2019 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.; and Envision Conference West, October 5-6, 2019 at the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences’ in Pomona, Calif. With both institutions known for their premier programs focused on vision and/or vision related rehabilitation, the format change will expand the reach of Envision Conference, making accredited continuing education more accessible to a greater number of low vision students and professionals around the country.
Clinical education and research abstracts involving low vision rehabilitation are currently being accepted for the East and West conferences.
“We’re very excited about this new approach,” says Michael Epp, manager of Professional Education at Envision. “We have strong partners throughout the United States and abroad with highly sophisticated programs in optometry, ophthalmology and occupational therapy. This strategy will enable us to have an even greater impact in advancing and disseminating knowledge about the causes, impact and rehabilitative opportunities tied to low vision that will ultimately improve patient care.”
Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference around with the goal of closing practice gaps and providing the latest advancements in low vision rehabilitation, research and technology. It provides ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists, vision researchers, nurses, special education teachers, government policy makers, assistive technology practitioners, suppliers and others  an opportunity to come together to attend educational sessions, share knowledge, receive mentoring and view exhibits of the latest low vision and assistive technology products and services on the market today.
Attendees can earn continuing education accreditation through:
  • The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
For 2019, the Envision Conference Planning Committee is 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).
Complete details about Envision Conference, including a link to the submissions site, can be found online at https://university.envisionus.com/Conference.
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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