“Low vision professionals and specialists in a variety of related fields from the United States and other countries seek out Envision Conference for accredited continuing education opportunities they can’t find anywhere else,” said Michael Epp, manager of professional education at Envision. “The knowledge, perspective and peer connections attendees gain from Envision Conference have a definite impact on the quality of low vision patient care worldwide.”
Envision Conference provides optometrists, ophthalmologists, researchers, occupational therapists, nurses, teachers of the visually impaired, government policymakers, manufacturers/vendors of assistive technology and others an opportunity to come together to share knowledge, receive mentoring and gain access to the latest developments in research, assistive technology and crossover considerations in fields such as neurology and psychology. 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).
Envision Conference 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; and
• Addressing national eye health epidemics (e.g., diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration).
Envision successfully converted its 2020 Fall Conference to a virtual format that will be incorporated again into the March meeting. The Ohio State University, which had been scheduled to host Envision Conference East this past August, has agreed to host next August’s gathering, providing conditions allow.
“We are grateful to The Ohio State University for opening its campus to us for Envision Conference East 2021,” said Epp. “While our virtual program allowed us to offer many of the features of our traditional meeting format as well as several unprecedented ones, we look forward to assembling experts from the global academic and professional communities in person by next summer and continuing to raise the bar on low-vision rehabilitation for future generations.”
Complete details about Envision Conference, including a link to the submissions site, can be found online at the Envision Conference site.
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.