Envision University Hosts In-Person Conference After Being Virtual for Two Years

By Holly Herring • Jun 09, 2022
Group of low vision professionals sitting in a conference room watching  a presentation

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Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference in the nation with the goal of closing practice gaps and disseminating the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology. 122 people representing 22 states and two Canadian provinces attended this year’s conference on May 19-21, at the Ohio State University (OSU), in collaboration with the College of Optometry, in Columbus, Ohio.

Attendees included optometrists, occupational therapists, low vision therapists, vision research scientists, orientation and mobility specialists, and other allied professionals serving BVI. The two-day conference featured clinical education
and research presentations that addressed topics covering a wide range of specialties, including optometry, occupational therapy, vision scientists, genetics, neurology and other areas:
 
  • 36 speakers presenting in 22 clinical education and research sessions
  • 12 exhibitors with the latest in assistive technology, optical devices and BVI services
Envision presenters included Donald Fletcher, MD, Medical Director; Ronald Schuchard, PhD, Executive Director; Rajkumar Raveendran, PhD, FAAO, Research Associate; Jared Reyes, PhD, Research Program Manager; Jing Xu, PhD, Research Associate; Ray Oddis, COMS, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

In collaboration with the OSU College of Optometry, several of the faculty presented and even more importantly, there were 15 OD students attending representing the future of low vision rehabilitation.

Comments from the post-conference survey were positive: “The presentations were insightful and having OTs and ODs learning together was valuable. I’ve attended other conferences and Envision was more professional and helpful. I hope Envision keeps up the quality of the conference.”

Michael Epp, Manager of Professional Education, Envision University, is busy preparing for another all-virtual conference this fall on October 7-8.