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Vision Connections Schedule

Vision Connections

8:30 – 9:00 am
Registration, Light Refreshments, Time with Exhibitors

9:00 – 10:00 am
Welcome and Panel Discussion
Erica Weise Social Worker, Vision Forward Association
Our panel discussion features adults who will share their experiences, challenges and tips for thriving as individuals with vision loss. The panel will be facilitated by Erica Weise, Social Worker, who brings years of experience leading small groups and working one-on-one with individuals and families.

10:15 – 11:15 am:  BREAKOUT SESSION 1
(Choose one)
Is a Smart Phone or Tablet Right for Me?

Cory Ballard Assistive Technology Specialist, Vision Forward Association
Have you been thinking about getting a smart phone or tablet? Learn about the importance of these devices for people with vision loss. Get information about how you can adjust text size, magnify the screen, or even have the device talk to you. This session can teach you about the power of technology and give you ideas about how it can help you in everyday life.

Getting in the Groove
Tricia Fekete Occupational Therapist, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Exercising is one of the best ways to stay healthy, but staying active with a visual impairment can present unique challenges. Fear, uncertainty and lack of accessibility can get in the way. This discussion will focus on the components and health benefits of an exercise plan with helpful adaptations and resources for a person with a visual impairment.

Today’s Testing / Tomorrow’s Treatment
Dr. David Weinberg Ophthalmologist, The Eye Institute, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
How do we decide if a new treatment for an eye disease is helpful, worthless or harmful? Dr. Weinberg, an accomplished researcher and ophthalmologist, will share information about how clinical trials lead to new treatments and new strategies. He will discuss the what, when, why, where and how of clinical trials in ophthalmology. Might a clinical trial be right for you or someone you know?

Enhancing Your Confidence and Skills in the Kitchen
Rose Visser Occupational Therapist, Vision Forward Association
Preparing your meals can be a daunting task with vision loss. With the help of non-visual and low vision techniques and tools, you can learn to build your confidence in the kitchen and cook safely and effectively. Join us as we demonstrate and discuss techniques/ tools for getting around the kitchen, using a stove and oven, identifying kitchen items, measuring ingredients, and more.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: BREAKOUT SESSION 2
(Choose one)
Cutting Edge Wearable Technology
Cory Ballard Assistive Technology Specialist, Vision Forward Association
This session is designed to introduce cutting edge wearable technologies including eSight, NuEyes, Aira, and Orcam. Learn about and get demonstrations on devices that provide hands-free magnification, instant access to printed materials, and live agents providing visual information around you. Not only is this technology ground-breaking, it is also easy to learn and use.

Introduction to Self Defense
Jim Turk Owner, Fight Back Self Defense
Fight Back Self Defense was created to address self-defense specifically for individuals with vision loss. Learn some of the basic techniques and strategies that can help individuals who are blind or visually impaired feel empowered, strong and confident.

Vision Loss: It’s a Family Affair
Erica Weise Social Worker, Vision Forward Association
When someone in your family experiences vision loss, life changes for everyone. This discussion will center on how to have conversations about the challenges faced by families and how to move forward with respect and compassion for all involved.

Beyond the Eye Exam
Heather Hinson Optometrist, Vision Forward Association
Lauren Nelson Certified Low Vision Occupational Therapist, Vision Forward Association
A diagnosis of vision loss does not mean there is nothing more that can be done. Learn from Vision Forward’s outstanding low vision team how to maximize your remaining vision through magnification, task lighting, contrast enhancement and glare control. With the right tools and strategies, you can find new ways to do the things you enjoy!

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Exhibitor Open House
Check out the many organizations and resources that are available for people living with vision loss. Try out products, ask questions, and gather information. This is your chance to make valuable community connections.

Need help finding your way during the event? Volunteer guides will be available to assist with navigating the venue throughout the day.

There’s no charge to attend.  Please register by September 15th.