Envision Conference



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

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. Make plans to take advantage of special throw-back registration pricing as well as amazing giveaways throughout the next year.

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.

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Clinical Education and Research Presentations

Envision is now accepting submissions of prospective Clinical Education and Research Abstract presentations relating to low vision research and rehabilitation for Conference 2015.

As a Lead Speaker or Moderator for the Envision Conference, you will enjoy these benefits:

  • $200 honorarium per hour of clinical education presentation(s) or full research session(s). Honorarium is for one or two hour clinical education presentations or full research panel sessions and will be cumulative.
  • Guest room accomodations at the conference hotel will be covered by Envision, up to a night before and a night after the day of the selected presentation(s).

Clinical Education submissions should include concrete examples of closing practice gaps in vision rehabilitation 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. Possible presentation topics include psychology, nursing, low vision therapy, occupational therapy, ophthalmology or optometry.

Submissions should be made online by March 20, 2015 via the online submissions form. Further details are available on the Call For Presentations Page.

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 Envision Conference would have on your educational and career objectives. All applications are due by April 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by May 15, 2015.

Student Scholarship Application

Continuing Education Certificates Now Available

Envision Conference 2014 continuing education certificates are now available for download. Visit the continuing education page. You will need to enter your name and either registration number or badge number to download your records.

Certificate availability is based on attendance records documented via electronic scanner, as well as completed session evaluations.

2014 Conference Awards Presentation

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