Vision-Aid Events & Webinars

To mark the momentous global “Right to Sight” Vision 2020 initiative,  Vision-Aid is pleased to present a unique, online “Best Practices” webinar series in the spring and summer of 2020, focusing on several important topics in the field of Vision Impairment, Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation. The webinar brings together experts from many locations around the world to offer best practices and share expereinces in these different domains. All sessions will be online and offered freely, but registration is required ! Meeting links will be sent to those who register.

When we started this series in March, we had fewer than 25 registrations and now we are happy to have over 500 professionals registered from 175+ different organizations and 15 countries. May this viral spread of learning continue to flourish!

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Topic : Covid-Care Webinar Series


Dr. Pooja Desai is MHA, DOMS, MBBS.

Topic: Best Practices in Awareness and Advocacy Programs for the Visually Impaired

Dr. Sam Taraporevala

Dr. Sam Taraporevala, retired as Associate Professor & Head Department of Sociology and Anthropology of St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous, Mumbai. He is currently the Executive Director of the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) which he founded in 2003. He has been actively involved in advocacy and awareness work in the field of social inclusion using applied research to address key access challenges for persons with blindness and low vision.

Krishna Warrier

Krishna Warrier, a former journalist, now works in the disability domain. He is a consultant with the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) and has conducted close to 100 sensitisation and awareness workshops on the lives of persons with disabilities.

Topic: Best Practices in Online Education for the Visually Impaired

Kirby Lindgreen

Kirby Lindgren is the Director of Professional Outreach at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In this position he develops win-win partnerships with Physicians and Professional Organizations focused on helping the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Topic: Basic Assessment and Management of Pediatric Low Vision Patients

Dr. Kathryn Miller

Dr. Kathryn Miller is an Associate in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School

Dr AnnaMariaBaglieri

Dr. Anna Maria Baglieri is an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School

Topic: Best Practices in Assistive Technology Training Instruction for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults

David Kingsbury

David Kingsbury is an Assistive Technology instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts

Topic: Identifying and supporting economic needs of families with visually impaired children, including children with cerebral visual impairment


Professor John Ravenscroft is Chair of Childhood Visual Impairment at the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh.UK

Topic: Instructional Services for school-age students who are blind or visually impaired

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Dr. Cay Holbrook is a Professor of Special Education-Visual Impairment at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Topic: Life Skills Training For The Visually Impaired & Disability Rights


Pallavi Deshpande - America India Foundation Clinton Fellow at Vision Aid

Topic: Best practices in Operating a Tertiary Low Vision Center: Synopsis

Gullapalli Rao

Dr. G.N.Rao - Founder & Chairman, L.V.Prasad Eye Inst. Hyderabad, India


Dr. Beula Christy, Head, Institute for Vision Rehabilitation, L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India

Topic: Best Practices in Enabling, Educating and Empowering the Vision Impaired – The Vision-Aid Model


Ram Raju is the founder and volunteer executive director of Vision-Aid, a nonprofit serving the visually impaired. Ram holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and an ALM degree from  Harvard. Ram was recognized for his public service by Harvard University with the Derek Bok Public Service prize in 2019 and the “Making a Difference Award” in 2019 from CHI among others.

Topic : The importance of Vision: Visual development and Low Vision in infants and small children


Dr. Linda Lawrence is an internationally renowned Ophthalmologist. She has worked with the WHO to develop the International Low Vision Rehabilitation Standards and spoken at many international conferences and authored a book chapter on Pediatric Low Vision. She runs her private practice in Comprehensive Ophthalmology with pediatric emphasis in Salina, Kansas.

Topic : Best Practices in Communicating with individuals with MDVI

Neha Sharma,
Speech-Language Pathologist,
BS(Linguistics and Cognitive Science),
MS (Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Topic: The Role of Orientation and Mobility in the World of the Visually Impaired

Karina Thompson
Karina Thompson is an Occupational Therapist with a M.Ed. in Orientation and Mobility who works at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and Occupational Therapist for individuals with visual impairment.

Topic: Overview of CVI: Definition and considerations around assessment and habilitation


Dr. Barry Kran, OD, FAAO,is the Optometric Director of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown.

Title: Overcoming Barriers to Low Vision Care

Dr. Alexis "Lexi" Malkin , OD, FAAO, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry at New England College of Optometry. She has a focus on vision rehabilitation didactically and clinically.

Topic : Advances in Low Vision Technology

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Dr. Bhavani Iyer OD, FAAO is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, McGovern Medical School in Houston. She is the director of the Dan Arnold Center for Vision Rehabilitation

Topic : Identification and Intervention - The Key to Reaching and Teaching Children with MDVI

Kristen Layton (Director, Perkins India)

Kristen Layton is the Director of Perkins India, a program of Perkins School for the Blind.

Topic : Best Practices in Vision Rehabilitation - An Occupational Therapy Perspective


Dr. Loubaina Buxamusa, PhD. is an occupational therapist who holds Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mumbai, a Master’s degree in special education from the Framingham State University, and a Doctorate degree in occupational therapy from the American International College in USA.

Stay tuned for details! All events are offered freely but registration is required. Meeting links will be sent to registered participants.