Beneficial Connections Made at MOKA Conference

By Envision Marketing • Aug 31, 2022
Two women posing together in front of an Envision table at a conference.

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Envision’s Stacy Fuller, Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Support Programs and Karen Kendrick, Occupational Therapist, attended the annual MOKA Conference for the Blind in Bentonville, AR. MOKA is an acronym of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas and is supported by the My Limitless Vision (MLV) Foundation. 

Stacy and Karen were able to network and share information about Envision in addition to the other low vision rehabilitation/employers in the four-state region: Alphapointe (Kansas City, MO), NewView (Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK) and World Services for the Blind (Little Rock, AR). The conference was geared toward consumers and there was a small but mighty turnout. The opening session featured YouTube star, Tommy Edison, who shared his personal stories and humor regarding to his experience of living with blindness. There were three different tracks during the conference geared toward Support, Independent Living and Technology. 

Stacy participated in a panel discussion and was able to share about Envision’s programs, employment opportunities and rehabilitation services. The title of the presentation was: “Neighborhood Help: You Are Not Alone In This Journey.” Stacy spotlighted Envision’s College Success Program, Workforce InnovationCenter, Level Up conference, Heather’s Camp, as well as the rehabilitation services we provide in the clinic and our expanded reach up to a 150-mile radius. Each organization offers similar services overall, but Stacy and Karen specifically learned more about NewView’s MOVE program which mirrors a residential blind skills training program for 90 days. Additionally, World Services for the Blind shared that they recently received ACVREP approval for their CATIS training. 

In addition to this panel, Stacy and Karen made connections with En-Vision America who offers talking prescription products and phone apps. Since we have similar names, customers get confused and believe we are the same company. However, Envision’soccupational therapists train on their products and they refer clients to us for the Kansas area – a win-win!

We made some beneficial connections,” said Fuller. “Our next step is to learn more about their programs and invite them to tour Envision.”