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Foundation Fighting Blindness WI Chapter Meeting

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Audience: For people of all ages with vision loss and their families.


Presented in partnership with Vision Forward Association and the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.


Renee Paulsell, Director, Chapter Engagement, Foundation Fighting Blindness

Kimberly E. Stepien, M.D., Associate Professor, Medical Retina & Ocular Genetics
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UW-Madison
Updates on Gene Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases
Dr. Stepien will provide an update on gene therapies for various Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs) including Choroideremia, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), and Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Dr. Stepien is a clinical scientist with research interests in inherited retinal degenerations and ocular imaging. She is currently PI for several clinical trials exploring novel emerging therapies for IRDs and other retinal pathology, and she serves as an investigator at the Fundus Photography Reading Center at UW-Madison.

Cory Ballard, CATIS, Director of Technology, Vision Forward
Luke Scriven, Assistive Technology Specialist, Vision Forward
Low Vision and Blindness: Solutions for Watching TV & Movies
Many mainstream devices, like the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, make it very easy to access a large library of media content. These devices give you access to popular providers like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus making the options endless. But, if you have low vision or blindness, what options are available to assist in accessing and watching this content? Join Luke Scriven and Cory Ballard from Vision forward as they discuss and demonstrate low vision options, like Vision Buddy, and blindness options, like screen readers and audio description.

Jaclyn Borchardt, Director of Operations, Vision Forward Association
Vision Forward:  A Partner for Individuals with Vision Loss
Vision Forward is committed to empowering people of all ages with vision loss to live independent and full lives. Partnerships with medical providers, community organizations and clients and families allow us to offer the highest quality, evidence based services that are customized to best meet the needs of each individual. Jaclyn will provide a brief overview of how Vision Forward can help make living with vision loss easier through new offerings and innovative projects.

Steve Sroka, Associate Director of Events, Foundation Fighting Blindness

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