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

The VISIONS Team has worked hard to secure the best vendors offering products, services and/or resources for the visually impaired community. These are the vendors we currently have registered to attend:


AGTC is developing therapies designed to transform the lives of patients with severe diseases, offering hope to patients with unmet medical needs. With a highly specialized team of physicians and researchers, we use cutting-edge techniques to develop treatments for patients that have diseases caused by broken genes. We use gene therapy, which replaces those broken genes with normal functional genes, allowing a patient’s own body to produce proteins to treat their illness. A single injection provides long-lasting treatment, leading to a better quality of life for patients worldwide.

American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

ELIA Life Technology

ELIA Life Technology has introduced two innovative products – an easy to learn and share tactile alphabet called ELIA Frames (you can learn it in minutes), and the world’s first fully tactile graphical printer (it can print anything an HP printer can, only tactilely). They can help people regain independence and literacy.

Enhanced Vision

Enhanced Vision is a leading developer of assistive technology for the visually impaired including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Diabetic Retinopathy . Low vision assistive technology enables people to read, write and fully participate in life.

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Freedom Scientific/Ai Squared/Optelec

VFO is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired and owner of the brands Ai Squared, Enhanced Vision, Freedom Scientific, Optelec and The Paciello Group. All of the VFO brands have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals, helping them to reach their full potential.


GeneDx is a  global leader in genomics with a world-renowned clinical genomics program, and an unparalleled, comprehensive genetic testing menu, that has provided testing to patients and their families in over 55 countries. The GeneDx ophthalmology program includes 55+ tests and panels that are created to aid in the diagnosis of hereditary ophthalmic disorders.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people and dogs.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Our dogs are known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence and to expand their horizons of opportunity.

At our facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY, and Patterson, NY, we breed, raise, and train exceptional dogs. Then we connect them to people who are seeking increased freedom and independence, so that together, they can experience all kinds of life adventures.

Iris Vision

The IrisVision system combines Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone and revolutionary GearVR head set. By using off the shelf, technically superior components readily available to most consumers, IrisVision kits can be sold for much less than other custom-made devices.


The Portable Protector Seat, Inc.

The ultimate in personal protection and hygiene, new from The Portable Protector Seat. The foldable toilet seat comes in several colors. Get your easy to carry, portable folding and travel friendly toilet seat at VISIONS2018.


Project VISIONS is a collaboration of a UCSD researcher Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, PhD and an artist Eva Henry. Project Visions presents the beauty of the eye-related research through art. Project exhibition is always accompanied by scientific presentation to popularize the basic research discoveries in eye biology to the lay public.

Second Sight

Through dedication and innovation, Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence.

The Seeing Eye Inc.

In pursuit of this mission, The Seeing Eye breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs, trains Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs and conducts and supports research on canine health and development.


At Shire, we are champions for people around the world who are struggling with rare diseases – they are at the center of everything we do.

Smart Cane

SmartCane device is an electronic travel aid which fits on the top fold of the white cane. It serves as an enhancement to the white cane and overcomes its limitations by detecting knee-above and hanging obstacles. Such objects include the side of a truck, hanging cloth strings, protruding coolers or air conditioners, railing, tree branches, inclined ladders, etc. These obstacles do not have significant footprint on the ground and thus can result in injury to the head or upper body parts. For safe mobility, it is important that they are detected early. The cane has other uses as a spatial awareness device as it can detect presence or absence of objects in the surroundings.

Sofia Sees Hope

Sofia Sees Hope is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by blindness caused by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and other rare inherited retinal diseases by generating awareness, supporting affected families, and raising funds to advance research for diagnosis, treatments, and cures.

Spark Therapeutics

Spark is a leader in the field of gene therapy seeking to transform the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing potential one-time, life-altering treatments. The initial focus is on treating rare diseases where no, or only palliative therapies, exist. Spark is working to address a range of debilitating genetic diseases including inherited retinal dystrophies, hematologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Two Blind Brothers

The apparel is sophisticated, noticeable yet understated, expertly tailored, and intricately crafted: all design decisions are informed with a New York influence. The brothers are involved in every step of the creative process, from choosing fabrics to developing the design aesthetic. Their focus is on ensuring the high quality and careful craftsmanship of each article of clothing.

AGTCSecond Sight
Foundation Fighting Blindness