Envision Conference



Celebrating 10 years as the premiere low vision rehabilitation and research conference in America! Anniversary Logo

Join us as we head to the Rocky Mountains in 2015. Envision Conference will be hosted in the great city of Denver, Colorado September 9th - 12th. Brett Harris, Radio Personality from Envision's Q92 in Wichita offers you an official invitation below.

Announcing our Keynote Speaker lineup for the 10th Annual Envision Conference!

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Jeanne Derber, OD

The United States Association of Blind Athletes

Dr. Jeanne Derber has served as the Director of Vision Services for the United States Olympic Training Center since 1988. Dr. Derber is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association. She has held numerous positions in both associations and was awarded the COA's Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Derber is a certified medical classifier for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the International Blind Sports Association. In addition, she is the consultant for the Colorado College hockey team. She has done numerous vision screenings for elite athletes and has lectured across the United States on sports vision. Dr. Derber, a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry class of 1983, has been in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado at Executive Park Eye Care. Her keynote address will be on Thursday, September 10, 2015 during the Plenary Session at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

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Matt Simpson

The United States Association of Blind Athletes

Matt Simpson is the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes. He was diagnosed with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a degenerative retinal condition, at an early age. A 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, Simpson is also a goalball player and member of the US men's national team. He has won two USABA National Championships (including the 2014 Nationals) as well as an IBSA World Youth Championship. Matt and Team USA returned home from the IBSA Goalball World Championships in July 2014, where they took the bronze and qualified the team for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. He discovered goalball when he was 10 years old at a USABA Sports Education Camp and has been playing competitively ever since. Matt plans to continue training and representing the USA at the Rio Paralympics and hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future. Matt will accompany Dr. Derber during the Plenary Session on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

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Larry Johnson, MA, PHR

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Former Radio & Television Broadcaster

Larry Johnson is a graduate of the School of Speech at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL. He earned his master's in Economics and Latin American Studies, from La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. Larry is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, trainer and workshop presenter. His popular motivational talks, delivered with warmth and humor, are designed to challenge, encourage, and inspire audiences to "believe in themselves," "follow their dreams," and face life with optimism, perseverance and a sense of humor. He uses stories and anecdotes taken from his own personal life and from his books. Mr. Johnson will be the Inspirational keynote speaker on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

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Robert Massof, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Robert W. Massof, PhD, is founder and Director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He also serves as Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has joint appointments in Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Physiological Optics from Indiana University in 1975. Dr. Massof's research interests include clinical and basic vision psychophysics, physiological optics, sensory engineering, and psychometrics. His work has been supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, the Multiple District 22 Lions Vision Research Foundation, and several different corporations and private foundations. Dr. Massof is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and has served on the Society's Board of Directors. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of several other professional societies. He has authored more than 160 published scientific papers and book chapters, edited a book on low vision policy and service delivery issues, and holds five patents and three software copyrights on instruments that he developed.

10th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, September 11, 2015 • 6 – 8 PM

Visionary Media and Envision present an evening of music and conversation with Blessing Offor (NBC’s The Voice) and Brooke Fox (Singer/Songwriter and President, Visionary Media)

Photo of Blessing Offor Blessing Offor - from playing multiple instruments, to singing, to writing his own songs, 25-year-old Blessing Offor wants to do it all, and he wants to do it all well. Blessing is a Pop/Soul Singer/Songwriter born in Nigeria who moved to the US at a young age before losing his sight completely at age 10.

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Brooke Fox - is an award winning Brooklyn-based vocalist, pop songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist, and international performance artist. A Northern California native and graduate of Berklee College of Music’s songwriting program, Brooke has performed her brand of acoustic pop in 23 states and 6 countries. Her music has been heard on ABC, NPR and her second self-produced record, “Breathe The Same Air” is a “CDBaby Best Seller”. Brooke was born with Albinism, but that hasn’t kept her from stepping on a lighted stage.

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