"Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss

Posted by: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Date: 3/14/2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us at the thirteenth annual "Focus" On Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss. The conference is sponsored by Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind, Department of Developmental Services, Southeast Training Council New England College of Optometry, and Shriver Clinical Services.

Jane F. Ryder, Acting Commissioner for the Department of Developmental Services will offer remarks as we start the day and Paul Saner, MCB Commissioner, will offer remarks at lunch. Keynote speaker, Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Boston University, will discuss friendship and how to promote authentic social opportunities for all.

Did you know that the prevalence of vision impairment, legal blindness and deafblindness among individuals with intellectual disability is 12 to 25 times higher than the general population? This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to raise awareness and share information and strategies for vision related care and services focused on the needs presented by individuals who have intellectual disability and vision loss.

As with each year’s over-subscribed conference, this multi-tracked educational program will reach out to the needs of clinicians, family members, support staff at day and residential programs, nurses, eye care providers, administrators, advocates and all concerned with the needs of adults with intellectual disability. In addition, many resources will be shared at the exhibit area and through poster presentations.

A special “Focus” On Talent performance will put the finishing touch on the day!

The Collaborating Partners organizing this year’s event include: Massachusetts Registration forms will be available in early December 2017. Registration brochure and form, including continuing education information, will be downloadable from: http://www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/conferences--workshops.html and www.perkinselearning.org/events-monthly.

Please register early!!! Space is limited!!!

Registration Information:

**Early Registration Fee postmarked by January 31, 2018: $55.00
Registration Fee postmarked after January 31, 2018: $65.00
Registration needed by February 23, 2018 to attend conference.

For additional information, including sponsorship, vendor or advertisement opportunities please contact: Lisa DiBonaventure at Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us or at (508) 384-5539.

Register Early** and Save $10.00!

Age Groups

Parents of children with visual impairments

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Location: Four Points by Sheraton
1125 Boston-Providence Tutnpike
Norwood, MA 02062

Cost: $65

Contact: Lisa DiBonaventure

Phone: (508) 384-5539

Email: Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us

URL: http://www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/conferences--workshops.html

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