VISIONS2018 | Frequently Asked Questions
VISIONS2018, the national conference of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, San Diego
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Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Registration Questions

General Conference Questions

Hotel & Travel Questions

Special Needs Questions


Conference Registration Questions

When can I register for VISIONS2018? How do I register?

Registration for VISIONS2018 is open now. You can register one of two ways:

How much does it cost to register for the conference?

The cost of attending VISIONS2018 depends upon the type of registration you choose and, in some cases, the age of the person you are registering. The different types of registrations and their rates are:

Full Conference Registration – Includes admission to all conference sessions, meal functions, and access to the exhibit hall for the duration of the conference.

  • Adult -- $295 (After March 30: $325)
    Adult full conference registration is for individuals age 21 and older.
  • Young Adult -- $249 (After March 30: $279)
    Young adult full conference registration is for individuals between the ages of 12 and 20.
  • Child -- $99 (After March 30: $115)
    Child full conference registration is for individuals age 11 and under.

What does the full conference registration fee cover?

Your full conference registration fee covers access to all conference sessions and meal functions held between Thursday, June 21 and Saturday, June 23, 2018. It also includes access to the Exhibit Hall through the duration of the conference.

What meal functions are included during the conference?

The meal functions will include the following:

  • Friday - Keynote Luncheon, Dessert Bar, Reception for All Attendees (finger foods and hors d’oeuvres will be served)

  • Saturday - Continental Breakfast Buffet, Boxed Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, Afternoon Coffee Break

I am visually impaired and need to bring someone with me as a guide. Do I need to register my guide?

Yes. Please contact Michele DiVincenzo at 800-683-5555 or MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org to make arrangements for your Support Services Provider.

Are the registration fees tax deductible?

No. The registration cost is a program fee to cover FFB’s cost to produce the meeting, not a contribution.

Can I register at the door?

Yes. Please note that we prefer that you register in advance for our planning purposes, especially if you have any special needs. Also, if you register at the door you will not be included on the participants list, which is a list of VISIONS2018 attendees that will be distributed via email to all conference attendees. Any special accessibility needs requests must be made by May 31, 2018, three weeks prior to the start of the conference.

General Conference Questions

Can I tape the conference sessions on my own audio recorder?

You can record general science and informative sessions on your own recorder, so long as it is not disruptive to the flow of the session. Note that the Foundation also records the sessions and will make them available to all attendees after the conference.

Will audio recordings of all the sessions be available after the conference?

Yes. All of the science and adapting and thriving sessions at VISIONS2018 will be recorded and available for instant streaming or download on the VISIONS website.

Are continuing education credits given for this conference?

No. However, we can provide a letter verifying conference registration and attendance.

Hotel & Travel Questions

Once I’ve registered for the conference, am I also registered for a hotel room?

No. You must make your own hotel reservation separately and directly with the hotel. A link to the hotel registration site is provided on the conference registration site.

How do I make hotel reservations?

You should reserve your room by the early bird deadline of March 30, 2018, to receive the Foundation’s special discounted room rate for this conference. The room rates will be available to attendees three (3) days prior to and three (3) days after the meeting dates based on availability. All reservations should be made, modified, or canceled by you, the conference attendee, by calling Reservations at 1-877-734-2726 and referring to the group and meeting name — VISIONS.

All attendees will be responsible for their own room, tax, and incidental charges. You may also make your hotel reservations online by clicking here.

How much are the hotel reservations for VISIONS2018?

VISIONS2018 will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego, CA 92101. The Foundation Fighting Blindness has negotiated a special rate of $199/night for VISIONS2018 participants. Please note that you should reserve your room by the early bird deadline of March 30, 2018, to receive the Foundation’s special discounted room rate for this conference. The room rates will be available to attendees three (3) days prior to and three (3) days after the meeting dates based on availability. All reservations should be made, modified, or canceled by you, the conference attendee, by calling Reservations at 1-877-734-2726 and referring to the group and meeting name — Foundation Fighting Blindness/ VISIONS. 

Please note, the Sheraton agent booking your reservation WILL quote you a resort fee in addition to your sleeping room rate.  PLEASE note, all VISIONS attendees will have the resort fee charge removed from your sleeping room bill upon checking into the hotel for the VISIONS conference. If you have any problems booking your stay at the Sheraton, please call the VISIONS event planner at 202-492-8278.

How can I get from the airport to the hotel?

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina’s stunning waterfront location is less than a mile from San Diego International Airport (SAN). The Sheraton’s complimentary hotel shuttle runs every 25 to 30 minutes between the airport and the Marina and Bay Towers.

Once you’re here, downtown is only three miles away, just 10 to 15 minutes by taxi. Rental cars and third-party shuttle services make it easy to explore the entire area.

If you are traveling by car, please see driving directions, from the airport or any other location.

Special Needs Questions

Can I bring my guide dog? What guide dog facilities are available?

Yes, guide dogs are welcome at VISIONS2018. There will be a designated relief area for all service animals outside of the Sheraton. If you plan to bring your guide dog, please be sure to indicate so when you register.

What is an assistive listening device? How can I get one?

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are used to help those who use a hearing aid listen to sessions. The ALD will broadcast the session directly through the person’s hearing aid or to a headset they are wearing (provided). ALDs will be provided on a complimentary basis for all sessions. Please indicate that you would like an ALD when you register. It must be requested by May 31, 2018.

Is the conference program available as audio?

Yes, we can provide an audio version of the program (mp3 file or CD). However, requests for this type of program must be received no later than May 10, 2018. Contact Michele DiVincenzo at 800-683-5555 or MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org for more information or to make your request.

Is an MS Word accessible version of the conference program available?

Yes. Please contact Michele DiVincenzo at 800-683-5555 or MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org to request an online copy of an all-text version of the program.

Is the conference program available in Braille?

Yes, you can receive the conference program in Braille. However, requests for this type of program must be received no later than May 10, 2018. Contact Michele DiVincenzo at 800-683-5555 or MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org for more information or to make your request.

Are there sign language interpreters available during conference sessions?

American Sign Language and Tactile Interpreters for those who are significantly deaf or deaf-blind will be available. Requests for interpreters must be received no later than May 31, 2018. Please indicate if you need an interpreter when you register. For more information, contact Michele DiVincenzo at 800-683-5555 or MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org.

Are any of the sessions given in different languages?

All of the sessions will be presented in English.


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