Submissions Now Being Accepted for Clinical Education and Research PresentationsEnvision is now accepting submissions of prospective Clinical Education and Research Abstract presentations relating to low vision research and rehabilitation for Conference 2014. Clinical Education submissions should include concrete examples and demonstrate the unique contribution and expertise of low vision practitioners and educators and should incorporate the principles of evidence-based practice. In addition to being evaluated against these standards, they will be reviewed for meeting Continuing Education accrediting criteria for ACCME, ACVREP, AOA-CPC, AOTA, COPE and CRCC. Research Abstract submissions may be submitted by anyone in the clinical and academic visual research communities and those involved in applied psychology, nursing, low vision therapy, occupational therapy, ophthalmology or optometry are also invited to submit first-author abstracts as possible presentation topics. Submissions should be made online by March 21, 2014 via the online submissions form. Further details are available on the Call For Presentations Page.
Envision Announces Dr. Rebecca Kammer as 2014 Conference Keynote Speaker
Envision is pleased to announce Rebecca Kammer, OD, Diplomate Low Vision, FAAO to present the keynote address at its 9th Annual Conference this September 17-20 in Minneapolis. Dr. Kammer will address conference attendees on the subject of international development of low vision services.
Dr. Kammer’s research focuses on pedagogy and critical thinking in doctoral health profession students. She joined Western University College of Optometry in August 2012 as an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of Optometric Education, has served as the Chief of Low Vision at the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) since 2005, and has led courses at SCCO on Geometric Optics and Low Vision Rehabilitation. A Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, she has previously lectured at optometric and low vision conferences in the United States and abroad. She is the co-founder of the Shared Visions Annual Art Exhibit at the Eye Care Center in Fullerton, Calif., featuring works of legally blind artists. Her recent humanitarian efforts include offering remote low vision clinics to children with albinism in East Africa. Dr. Kammer is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in higher education from Azusa Pacific University.
This will not be the first appearance by Dr. Kammer at the Envision Conference. Last year, she participated in sessions on “Exploring Alternative Vision Rehabilitation Models,” “From El Salvador to Tanzania: A Global Approach to Low Vision,” and “Low Vision Rehabilitation for AMD: Exam Tips, Easy Tools and Efficient Team Process.” At earlier conferences, she also presented on “Practical Optics and Prescribing Tips for Near Devices,” “Driving, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Low Vision” and “Field Enhancement Strategies from an Optimistic Clinician.”
“I am excited and truly humbled to have been selected as the Keynote Speaker for Envision Conference 2014,” Dr. Kammer said. “The multidisciplinary approach of so many expert and dedicated practitioners coming together to share knowledge offers an unparalleled opportunity to advance low vision research and rehabilitation, and the fact that Envision is providing a forum to discuss the challenges of bringing these advances to the global stage is a true testimony to the organization’s commitment to improving the quality of life of those with vision loss. I look forward to speaking and meeting with many new and established colleagues this September.”
Planning for Envision Conference 2014 is underway. We are now accepting registrations, applications for sponsorships, exhibits and advertisements, as well as clinical education and research submissions.
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Announcing Envision University and the Oculus Society
The number of individuals in the United States age 65 or older is expected to more than double to nearly 70 million by 2030. As the population of older adults increases, so too does the number of people with vision impairments that significantly impact their quality of life. Additionally, vision loss or blindness can originate from injury or trauma, congenital or genetic origin, or disease beginning at birth or early childhood. That means virtually every medical professional will come into contact with a patient with low vision. As such, they need the most up-to-date information and education available to make good clinical decisions for patients in their care. As the need for education increases, so does our responsibility to provide it. It was with this in mind that Envision University was born.
The mission of Envision University is to provide multidisciplinary continuing education and research opportunities for low vision rehabilitation professionals, establishing best practices to ensure continued research and clinical care for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Our promise is to collaborate with vision rehabilitation and research professionals to provide relevant multidisciplinary continuing education and research opportunities that address practice gaps in current standards of care and research.Visit the Envision University website for more information.
Envision University Oculus Society
Best practices in the low vision field are born from collaboration and education. The Envision University Oculus Society was created to ensure access to networking tools and the latest in clinical education and research for low vision practitioners. Through membership discounts and access to membership directories and forums, networking, knowledge and the practice of vision rehabilitation is advanced. For companies and organizations involved in the low vision rehabilitation field, networking means increased sales, referrals and exposure. Combined with marketing discounts, your company has the potential to reach a niche, concentrated group of professionals passionate about the field your products and services are dedicated to.
Oculus Society Benefits
- 20-30% discount on all Envision University continuing education offerings -- a $200 savings just for Envision Conference
- Free Visibility online and print subscription
- Access to membership directory
- Annual membership gift from Envision University
- Opportunity to participate in Envision University committee (excludes student members)
Oculus Society Corporate Benefits
- 10% discount on advertising and exhibiting for all Envision University offerings
- Free Visibility online and print subscription
- Company info included in the Corporate Member Directory
- Access to membership directory
Visit www.envisionuniversity.org to join. Oculus Society members will receive a promotional code to qualify for the discounted Oculus rates for Envision Conference registration. If you are a member and have not yet received this promo code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Envision Conference Student Scholarships
Envision is pleased to announce the availability of two Envision Conference Student Scholarships. Each scholarship will be awarded to either a full-time student studying clinical areas of low vision rehabilitation (optometry, ophthalmology, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, low vision therapy), or a PhD candidate specializing in research related to low vision applications or clinical outcomes. Scholarships cover cost of full registration, but do not include travel or hotel expenses.
To be considered for an Envision Conference Student Scholarship, submit your current curriculum vitae, a letter of reference from at least one professor or clinical supervisor, application, and a one-page narrative explaining your interest in the low vision rehabilitation or research fields, outlining the benefit the Envision Conference would have on your educational and career objectives. All applications are due by April 18, 2014. Notification of acceptance will occur by June 13, 2014.