VISIONS 2016 | Sessions
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Sessions at VISIONS 2016

VISIONS 2016 will offer a variety of session types to enhance your overall experience at the conference. As we finalize sessions, we'll post them to this page along with a brief session description, so check back often!

Science & Information Sessions

Latest News from the Clinical Trial Front Lines

Get up-to-date information on most ongoing and imminent clinical trials for inherited retinal diseases. This talk will help you determine which Visions sessions to attend to get in-depth information from researchers on the studies that interest you most.

Keynote Session

Lifestyle Sessions

Distance Learning to Improve Job Search Skills

You ask, “How do you go about finding a job that is best for me, my friend, or loved one?”  Come listen, ask questions, and talk to the Talent Acquisition Manager for the LARGEST employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States!  We will cover topics such as distance learning, training, upward mobility, assistive technology, and job opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

From Coping to Thriving

In this session, attendees will understand and identify the grief process.  We will explore healthy ways to manage the losses and adjustments from a degenerative eye condition.  Family members and friends will gain tools on how they can be a support to their family member/friend with a degenerative eye condition.  Also attendees will understand and gain tools to utilize their individual strengths to create their resiliency plan. 

iFocus on Apple Accessibility

This presentation shares how learning to use the vision accessibility features built into the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can be done in a user-friendly and flexible way. The presenter will demonstrate how Hadley’s free iFocus Instructional Video Series can assist by customizing your learning experience and do so at your own pace, at home, in the office, at school, or on the go! The iFocus videos are designed with the distance learner in mind with topics that apply to the beginner as well as the more advanced user.

Successful Transition from High School to Post-Secondary Education

Postsecondary education can be a big leap from high school for students and parents alike.  Are you ready? This presentation will cover what you need to know before heading off to college. One of the biggest variables in successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is understanding your rights as a student with a visual impairment. Discussions will include academic adjustments, civil rights and other supports needed for success. How do you advocate for yourself, discuss your visual impairment, find readers and more? Come, and let's discuss!

Thriving in the Journey

In this session, attendees will expand further on bouncing back and navigating through vision loss.  We will explore ways to incorporate vision loss into your life in a positive way.  We will discuss specific positive ways to build a resilience plan and incorporate their individual strengths into navigating changes with vision loss.

Disease Overview Sessions

Disease overview sessions will cover the basic disease and research information related to a specific condition. They serve as a nice "refresher" at the start of the conference to catch everyone up to speed. The Disease Overview Sessions will be break-out sessions organized by disease.

  • Update & Overview: Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Update & Overview: Rare Diseases (Choroideremia, Retinonschisis & Bardet-Biedl Syndrome)
  • Update & Overview: Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Update & Overview: Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)
  • Update & Overview: Stargardt, Cone-Rod Dystrophy and Best Disease
  • Update & Overview: Usher Syndrome

The Doctor Is In

Traditionally, these sessions have been broken into groups organized by disease. In 2016, we will have one series of The Doctor Is In Sessions organized by disease and another series organized by research area to include topics such as gene therapy, stem cells, etc.

  • Doctor Is In: Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Doctor Is In: Rare Diseases (Choroideremia, Retinonschisis & Bardet-Biedl Syndrome)
  • Doctor Is In: Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Doctor Is In: Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)
  • Doctor Is In: Stargardt, Cone-Rod Dystrophy and Best Disease
  • Doctor Is In: Usher Syndrome

Meet & Mingle Networking Sessions

These informal social gatherings allow guests to meet others in similar life situations who share their hopes and challenges of living with vision loss.

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Rare Diseases (Choroideremia, Retinoschisis & Bardet-Biedl Syndrome)
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)
  • Stargardt Disease, Cone-Rod Dystrophy & Best Disease
  • Usher Syndrome


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