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: 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.

A key factor impacting the effective inclusion of blind and low-vision persons into the social mainstream is the lack of awareness concerning the lives of the visually challenged, as also the presence of myths concerning them. The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) has recognized this need and has tackled this issue through awareness initiatives such as its flagship event Antarchakshu®—The Eye Within and an active engagement with policymakers through advocacy initiatives. This session will touch upon this dual approach in terms of its antecedents, approach, and case examples. 

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. He has been at the forefront of work resulting in the amendment of the Copyright Act, India in 2012, deployment of over 30000 accessible ATMs in India and opening up of science education for blind and low vision students.  

He is currently on various national bodies including

  • Vice President & Chair, Committee on Policy Intervention, DAISY Forum of India
  • Member, Braille Council of India (BCI)
  • He has also been Member, Expert committee to decide and list out modern assistive devices for all categories of PWDs under revised ADIP Scheme, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India

Other positions held:

  • Member, Expert Committee for the Resource Centre for Persons with Different Disabilities, National Library, Kolkata.
  • Member, Task force for National Centre of Universal Design and Barrier free Environment for Persons with Disabilities, India.
  • Member, Board of Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.
  • Member, National Selection Committee for selecting the awardees for the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Member, Sub-group on Accessibility, Mobility, Research & Innovation to give inputs for the 12th Five year Plan.
  • At St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous Mumbai he was on various committees including:.
  1. Member, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
  2. Member Academic board
  3. Chairman Board of Studies – Sociology and Anthropology
  4. Executive Convenor – Enabling Committee

Date:  Saturday July 4, 06.30 PM IST 

(Saturday, July 4, 9.00 AM US EST.)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

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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.

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.

He also has over 30 years’ experience in Journalism and Communications Skills, and has held senior editorial positions in Reader’s Digest, Hindustan Times, Mid-day, and Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE).

He has trained students in various facets of communication at institutions like the IITB-Monash Research Academy (IIT Bombay), St Xavier’s College, Sophia College, KC College, Wilson College, the Xavier’s Institute of Communications, etc.

Trekking and table tennis are his other passions.

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.

Founded in 1920, Hadley’s mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive – at home, at work, and in their communities.  In today’s presentation, Kirby will discuss data on the evolving technology environment, review research Hadley has done over the past two years, outline best practices in online education, and give a brief demo of Hadley’s newly developed website with creative accessibility features and exciting new content – including new innovative, interactive Braille workshops. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund programs which are free to their clients. Come visit us at https://hadley.edu

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. Prior to joining Hadley, Kirby spent 10 years working at another non-profit organization focused on training adoptive and foster parents online. Previously, he worked for Hewlett-Packard as an IT Consultant and has held other leadership positions focused on operations, education, and training. Kirby holds a degree in Business with focus on Computer Science and Education.

Date:  Thursday, July 2nd, 07.30 AM IST 

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 | Time: 10.00 PM – 11.00 PM (US EST) | 9.00 PM – 10 PM (CST)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

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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

The presentation will encompass an overview of the components of a low vision evaluation including assessment techniques and management strategies in evaluating a child with vision disabilities. A discussion of both optical and non-optical vision accommodations to enhance vision performance will be reviewed.  Several cases will highlight  the vision support strategies successful in young children.

Dr. Miller is an associate in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. Her specialties are in pediatric/infant contact lens and pediatric low vision rehabilitation (magnification systems and adaptations) for the blind and visually impaired. Research activities have included the study of effects of optical correction on the functional vision of children with cerebral palsy and involvement in the IATS study Infant Aphakia Treatment Study, a NEI-sponsored study to compare the visual outcomes of children with congenital cataracts corrected with contact lenses vs. intraocular lens implants.

Date:  June 26th, 05.00 PM IST 

(June 26th, 7:30 AM US EST.)

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Session mode : Online

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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

Dr Baglieri is an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. Her specialties are low vision evaluations and specialty contact lenses. She completed her pediatric optometric residency and was an instructor at the New England College of Optometry (NECO), Individual with Disabilities Service at the New England Eye Institute which provided primary and consultative eye care for infants, children, and adults who have visual, physical and/or cognitive disabilities at various sites such as Perkins School for the Blind, Spaulding Rehabilitation, Cardinal Cushing, and May Center School for Brain Injury and Related disorders.

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

This presentation focusses on lessons learned over more than three decades of adult assistive technology instruction at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton Massachusetts. Training is conducted individually or in small groups (three to four people) with duration varying from just a few hours to several weeks. Most instruction covers using screen readers and screen magnification (primarily JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion) in the Windows environment. File management, Word, Outlook, Excel, and web browsing are important topics. Smart phone use (primarily iPhone/iPad with Voiceover) has also emerged as an important area for instruction.
Prior to the COVID 19 crisis, all training was provided face-to-face. Since March of this year, training has been conducted remotely, and lessons are beginning to emerge on the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.

Among the lessons learned are:
• Individual or small group training tailored to the specific needs and capacities of participants is most effective.
• Adult motivation to learn is often very strong, especially among those who used computers prior to sight loss.
• Identifying core techniques and topics to be mastered by the end of training is essential, while at the same time creating awareness and providing reference material on important but perhaps less essential topics.
• Providing reference materials in both audio and text format is useful for building skills.
• Identification of ways for participants to continue improving their technology skills after training has ended is critical for fostering future independence.

David Kingsbury is an assistive technology instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts. He has worked in this capacity since January 2015 and did similar work part time for several years before that. In early 2007, David graduated from the Carroll Center’s Independent Living Program. He is also the First Vice President of the Bay State Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.
Prior to becoming blind in 2004, David worked in international development as an agricultural economist, with a geographic focus on Sub Saharan Africa. He lived and worked in Rome for the United Nations from 1996 to 2006, and previously worked for the US Agency for International Development in Zaire. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and Chad.
He is the author of two assistive technology-related books. Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA: A Guide for Students and Professionals was published in April 2019 by the National Braille Press. When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users will be published next month by the Carroll Center for the Blind.

Date:  June 23rd, 05.00 PM IST 

(June 23rd, 7:30 AM EST.)

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

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

There has been debate in the literature about the exact role socioeconomic status has on vision impairment and one question (of many) that still remains to be answered as the literature seems to be undecided is around the issue of whether vision impairment is more prevalent in lower socioeconomic areas than more affluent areas and  if so why?  This short presentation will look at the effect of social deprivation and vision impairment and will use data gathered from different sources within Scotland to look at some of the outcomes with respect to education and qualifications. The presentation will also examine the incidence of cerebral visual impairment within different socioeconomic groups again using data gathered within Scotland.

Professor John Ravenscroft is Chair of Childhood Visual Impairment at the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently the Director of the Scottish Sensory Centre and is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Visual Impairment. He has vast experience of inclusive education, and has advised various Governments, locally, nationally and internationally on promoting successful inclusive education. He is the host of the “Conversations about CVI” and the editor of the Handbook of Visual Impairment.

Principal Interests

    • visual impairment
    • cerebral visual impairment
    • inclusion
    • childhood and disability studies
    • Inclusion and Inclusive Education

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Date:  June 18th at 17:00 PM IST

(June 18th, 7:30 AM EST.)

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Session mode : Online

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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.

During this webinar participants will learn about educational services (providing instruction) to school-aged children and youth in Canada and the United States. Information will be provided about adaptations and implementations of instructional methods in the areas of Core and Expanded Core Curriculum. Participants will also be given information about specialized assessments for this population including Functional Vision Assessments and Learning Media Assessment. In addition, Dr. Holbrook will discuss various options for service delivery along with the benefits and challenges of each.

Dr. Cay Holbrook is a professor of Special Education-Visual Impairment at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. She provided instructional services to students with visual impairments for several years and then obtained her doctoral degree from Florida State University. She has held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock prior to her tenure at UBC. Dr. Holbrook’s research focus is literacy including reading and writing in braille. Dr. Holbrook is the recent recipient of the President’s Award from Braille Literacy Canada and the Wings of Freedom Award from The American Printing House for the Blind.

Date:  June 13th at 7:30 – 8:30 AM IST

(June 12th, 10 -11 pm EST.)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

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Pallavi Deshpande - America India Foundation Clinton Fellow at Vision Aid

During this webinar, Pallavi Deshpande will give an overview about the two courses, Life Skills and Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and explore why incorporating them into educational interventions is crucial for holistic and sustainable empowerment of the visually impaired. She will also talk briefly about the intersection of education and space with disability and the importance of being aware of this when designing interventions

Pallavi Deshpande is currently serving as an America India Foundation Clinton Fellow at Vision Aid, Visakhapatnam. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics. At Vision Aid, she has been working with the Vision Aid Online Academy team to develop the platform and has designed two courses – Life Skills and Rights of Persons with Disabilities – during her time at the organization.

The Vision-Aid team sincerely thanks the America India Foundation team for their support and collaboration in the development of these new training programs at Vision-Aid. In particular, we sincerely thank Ms. Nirmala Garimella (Pallavi’s mentor during her Fellowship at Vision-Aid), Mr. Manish Kumar (America India Foundation ABLE program), and Ms. Chandni Wadhwani (America India Foundation Fellowship program) for their valuable contributions and guidance.

Date:  June 10th at 7:30 AM IST

(June 9th, 10 pm EST.)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

During this talk, Dr. Rao and his team at LVPEI will discuss how their vision of creating a tertiary low vision center to serve the visually impaired became a reality. 
A comprehensive approach to low vision rehabilitation at the ‘tertiary level’ will be discussed using the WHO’s standards on vision rehabilitation. The framework discussed will cover topics such as type of services to be provided as minimum standards, methods of service delivery, referral linkage to secondary and primary level, and guidelines on infrastructure and human resources. The importance of networking, advocacy, awareness-raising among families and communities, and the need for up taking research and training as an essential component of services will be explained.

Dr. Gullapalli N Rao established the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad 31 years ago and is the Founder & Chair of that Institute.  

Academic and Research Achievements:

  • Honorary Doctorates from the University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales, Australia, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India, University of Bradford, UK and GITAM University, India
  • President of “Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI)”, group of 80 of the most eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world
  • Visiting professor to many Universities in the U.S, Europe, Australia, and Asia
  • Published about 300 papers in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Editorial Boards of several international journals of ophthalmology
  • “Fellow qua surgeon” of the “Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons”, Glasgow
  • Fellow of two of the Science Academies of India
  • Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences.

Other Contributions:

  • Former Secretary-General and later Chair of the Board and CEO of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in which role played a pivotal role in developing and fostering the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness along with WHO – VISION 2020: The Right to Sight in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Board of Trustees, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
  • Leadership Position in many National and International eye care organizations
  • Founder & Chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
  • Boards of many national and international organizations.

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Date:  June 6th at 7:30 AM IST

(June 5th, 10 pm EST.)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

Beula Christy holds a post-graduation in vision science (MRSc) Holy Cross College in Tiruchirapalli, and a postgraduate diploma in guidance and counseling from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. She followed this with a PhD in vision science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. She was trained by international agencies such as Bartimeus, the Netherlands, and Hilton Perkins on early intervention of multi-handicapped. She has rich experience in community outreach services; she was instrumental for CBR projects in the rural Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Christy has 27 years of rich experience in rehabilitating people with visual impairment across all age groups and her professional interests lie in the area of early intervention, particularly in dealing with children with vision impairment and multiple disabilities. Currently, she is heading the ‘Institute for Vision Rehabilitation’ that focuses on providing low vision and rehabilitation care across the LVPEI’s network through center-based and community-based approaches.

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

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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.

During this talk Mr. Raju will provide an insight into the Vision-Aid model, a comprehensive set of programs and best-practices which have been developed over the past 15 years of enabling, educating and empowering the visually impaired, across multiple locations in India. The Vision-Aid model aims to provide a holistic, 360-degree approach to Vision Rehabilitation. The speaker will discuss several exciting new initiatives underway at Vision-Aid including enabling the visually impaired with low-cost, high-technology devices, educating them with advanced skills training and rehabilitation programs and empowerment of the visually impaired through advocacy, inclusion and employment.

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.

Date: Thursday, May 28th, 10 – 11 PM USEST

(Friday, May 29th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

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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.

During this webinar, Dr. Linda Lawrence will explore the importance of Visual development and Low Vision in infants and small children, and the special considerations and best practices for pediatric low vision services.

Dr. Linda Lawrence, an internationally renowned Opthalmologist, runs her private practice in Comprehensive ophthalmology with pediatric emphasis in Salina, Kansas. 

A vocal advocate for earlier detection and interventions, she has not only documented the high rate of undiagnosed ocular pathology in infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and coauthored a book chapter on Pediatric Low Vision, she has also trained trainers from South and Central America, India, Africa, China, Vietnam, and the Middle East, apart from the USA, in this area.

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 volunteers with several organizations- ORBIS, Kansas State School for the Blind, Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) for students with neuro-developmental disabilities, with CDC on the congenital Zika syndrome, and University of Kansas as a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Lawrence was numerous awards to her name – International Humanitarian Services Award, Senior Achievement Award and Secretariat Award from the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology ), and an achievement award from AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) to name a few!

Date : Tuesday May 26, 0730 AM – 0830 AM (IST)

( Monday May 25, 10 PM- 11 PM US EST )

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

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Topic : Best Practices in Communicating with individuals with MDVI

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

In this Webinar, Neha will outline best practices in communicating with individuals with Multiple Disabilities and Vision Impairments. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Communicating with those with MDVI
  • Assess the child, not the diagnosis
  • Basic communicative functions
  • Accommodations for optimal communicative access

Neha Sharma is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has been practicing for 16 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked with preschool, elementary, and middle school aged children in private and public-school settings. She has specialized in addressing the communicative needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those with significant global challenges due to severe comorbid diagnoses. In addition to ameliorating the communication disorders of these children, Neha is passionate about providing students and families with behavioral and augmentative and alternative communication strategies to carryover in all settings.

She has developed many thematic activities linked to school curriculums, community activities, and vocational tasks that address social pragmatics, expressive and receptive language skills, fluency, and articulation. Neha also has a strong interest in working with multilingual families and students to best support their communicative needs. She is passionate about working with students with significant needs and currently practices in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA USA.

 Date: Friday  May 22 7:30 – 8:30 AM IST

 (Thursday  May 21 10 – 11 PM EST)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

 

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.

This seminar will focus on how individuals with visual impairment are better able to travel with greater independence using taught strategies and tools. The difference between direct teaching and incidental learning, guidance strategies, and the five points of travel will be discussed.

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.

 Date:  Monday, May 18 th, 5 – 6 PM India Time 

 (Monday May 18th , 7:30 – 8:30 AM US EST)

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Session mode : Online

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

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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.

Dr. Kran’s current research interests involve developing appropriate diagnostic vision tests for individuals with disabilities with normative data surrounding these tests, understanding and developing a database of the vision-related outcomes of low incidence conditions, and breaking the barriers to eye care that individuals with disabilities encounter. Currently, he is exploring a novel contrast sensitivity test which aims to be useful for individuals with reduced cognitive function and/or expressive communication skills. Dr. Kran is also investigating the various aspects surrounding the diagnosis of individuals with cortical visual impairment, the leading cause of pediatric blindness.

During this talk Dr. Barry Kran will offer an overview of CVI – starting from its definition and going on to explore considerations around assessment and habilitation.

For the past nineteen years, Dr. Kran has been working with individuals with visual and other impairments. He 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. This clinic is also the base for his research and collaboration with Drs. Mayer and Ross at NECO and with others in the Boston area performing cutting edge research on Cerebral Vision Impairments (CVIs). CVI is the leading cause of pediatric vision impairment in the developed world.

 Date:  Thursday, May 14 th, 5 – 6 PM India Time 

 (Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM US EST)

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Session mode: Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

 

Title: Overcoming Barriers to Low Vision Care

Dr. Alexis

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.

This presentation will discuss strategies for overcoming barriers to providing low vision care. Common challenges and their solutions will be presented as well as a brief discussion surrounding the integration of telemedicine into low vision care.

Dr. Malkin is a graduate of Emory University and completed her optometry training at New England College of Optometry (NECO), where she graduated salutatorian. She completed her residency at the Northport VA Hospital with a focus in primary care optometry, low vision rehabilitation and vision therapy. Dr. Malkin then completed the Lions Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2010. 

Dr. Malkin is on faculty at New England College of Optometry as an Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry. She has a focus on vision rehabilitation didactically and clinically. Dr. Malkin has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in low vision rehabilitation and clinical outcomes. In addition, Dr. Malkin has lectured throughout the US and internationally on a variety of topics including Patient Outcomes, Optics, and technology in Low Vision.

 Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 17:00- 18:00 PM India Time

(Tuesday, May 12th, 07:30 AM- 08:30 AM US EST)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

Low vision devices have come a long way. From simple handheld devices to the complex head mounted electronic options, low vision devices continue to change the lives of those that are fitted with it. This talk explores the gamut of options available to those that are visually impaired.. During this talk, Dr. Bhavani Iyer will explore a wide range of low vision devices and technology. 

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, a comprehensive vision rehabilitation program complete with occupational therapy and orientation mobility training.

 Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM India Time

(Tuesday, May 5th, 10 PM – 11 PM US EST)

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Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

 

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.

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 4 call for nations “to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life” and for “inclusive and quality education for all.”  An accurate count and assessment of children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, is the first step to reaching these goals.Children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI) are at the greatest risk of being left behind in education and in life which means these children are among the most vulnerable in the world.Please join, Kristen Layton, Director of Perkins India in a discussion to address the following questions:
1) Who are the population of children with MDVI?
2) How can we improve screening, assessment and identification procedures?
3) What integrated approaches to intervention work toward achieving educational access?

Kristen Layton is the Director of Perkins India, a program of Perkins School for the Blind. Prior to leading the team in India, she served as the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Learning and helped launch Perkins International’s programs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Before coming to Perkins in 2009, Kristen led the launch of the Inclusive Schools Network at the Education Development Center, Inc. She has held positions at Boston College, the University of Maryland, the National Deaf-Blind Project, Helen Keller National Center and as a special education teacher in New York. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education.

 Thursday, April 30th,  5 – 6 PM India Time
(Thursday April 30th, 7:30 AM  – 8:30 AM US EST) 

Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

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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.

During this talk, Dr. Loubaina will explore the following best practices in Vision Rehabilitation from an Occupational Therapy perspective.

  • Using occupation as a means and an end
  • Creating meaningful patterns of engagement across contexts
  • Addressing performance issues holistically
  • Linking client factors to outcomes
  • Assessing the client first, then the disability
  • Making the process dynamic and interactive in nature

Dr. Loubaina Buxamusa 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. She has 38 years of experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist with a variety of populations.

 Date:  Tuesday, April 28th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM India Time

(Monday April 27th, 10 PM – 11 PM US EST) 

Session mode : Online

Registration fee: FREE

 

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

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