The 15th annual "Focus" On Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss will be held on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm! The conference is sponsored by our generous contributors including: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind
Department of Developmental Services, Southeast Training Council,
New England College of Optometry, Shriver Clinical Services and Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
We are so pleased to welcome our keynote Felipe A. Jain, MD, Director of Health Aging Studies, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School who will be discussing “New Ways Caregivers Can Benefit from Guided Imagery: a Focus on Mentalizing, Mindfulness and Connectedness”. Join us and learn!
Did you know that the prevalence of vision impairment, legal blindness and deafblindness among individuals with intellectual disability is 12 to 25 times higher than the general population? This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to raise awareness and share information and strategies for vision related care and services focused on the needs presented by individuals who have intellectual disability and vision loss.
As with each year’s over-subscribed conference, this multi-tracked educational program will reach out to the needs of clinicians, family members, support staff at day and residential programs, nurses, eye care providers, administrators, advocates and all concerned with the needs of adults with intellectual disability. In addition, many resources will be shared at the exhibit area and through poster presentations.
A special “Focus” On Talent performance by MAI Band will put the finishing touch on the day!
The Collaborating Partners organizing this year’s event include: Perkins, Boston University School of Medicine, New England College of Optometry, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, and Shriver Clinical Services.
Registration is now closed. Save the date for next year: March 10, 2021