EYECARE Envision University to Host Virtual Global Conference Sept. 29-30, Showcasing the Latest Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation Practice By Staff Friday, August 4, 2023 12:18 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Organizers of the Envision Conference, through Envision University, have set the agenda for the Envision Virtual Fall Conference with outstanding sessions and opportunities for professionals in the vision rehabilitation field. The conference will be held via a livestream webinar Sept. 29-30, 2023. Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference with the goal of closing practice gaps and disseminating the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology. Early bird registration ends August 7. Participant registrations with discounted early registration rates can be made through the Envision Conference website here. “We’re excited to offer another choice in conference experiences with an all-virtual outstanding program for professionals in the vision rehabilitation and research field,” said Michael Epp, Envision manager of professional education. “Our goal is to provide a platform for low vision professionals across the industry to share their experience, research and case studies with peers in order to provide exceptional services and programs to the millions of people who are blind or visually impaired across the world.” The two-day schedule of clinical education and research presentations will address topics covering a wide range of specialties, including optometry, occupational therapy, vision scientists, genetics, neurology and other areas. Highlights include: Driving with Low Vision: A Crash Course in Clinical Considerations, with Micaela Gobeille, OD, assistant professor from the New England College of Optometry. Comparison of Changes in Visual Acuity of People with Low Vision While Using Three Models of Augmented Reality Devices, Sarika Gopalakrishnan, PhD, FAAO, of the Envision Research Institute. Addressing Critical National Challenges Related to Aging and Vision Loss, Panel Symposia with Pris Rogers, PhD, American Foundation for the Blind; John Crews, DPA, Vision ServeAlliance; Libby Murphy, MS, VisionServe Alliance; Nancy Miller, LCSW, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Elly du Pré, DPA, Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is all for the children: Collaboration of Medical and School Based Services, with Kristen Shifflett, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center; Conchita Hernandez, EdD, TVI, Maryland School for the Blind; and Dena Zorbach, TVI, COMS, Hartford County Schools, Academy. Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Diseases – Guidelines and Clinical Application, with Rachel Lin, OD, associate professor, SCCO at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Photobiomodulation - Light Therapy for Ocular Disease and Brain Injury. Cathy Stern, OD, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, Texas. “The Envision Conference is the best value for the money for anyone working with people who are vision impaired,” said Lora Foust, OTR/L. “The opportunity to network with other professionals across the spectrum of education and experience is invaluable.” Education and research sessions offer the opportunity to earn 16 hours of continuing education credits from agencies such as: The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) The full program is available on the website agenda page as well as the speaker bios and details here. Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or have low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision, headquartered in Wichita, Kans., is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. 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.