The first Canadian interdisciplinary weekend vision rehabilitation conference will be held at the School of Optometry and Vision Science in March 2017. It will be of interest to all professionals who are, or would like to be, involved in low vision rehabilitation. Included is a new lecture, named for Dr George Woo. The inaugural George Woo lecturer will be Joan Stelmack (Director, Low Vision Service, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois). The two keynote addresses will be given by Walter Wittich (Ecole d’optometrie, University of Montreal) and Anne Riddering (Director of Rehabilitation Services for Henry Ford Health System’s Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center of Michigan). The conference will include joint and parallel sessions, continuing education lectures, workshops, grand rounds presentations, a trade show and an art show. All professionals who are interested in broadening their knowledge and skills in low vision rehabilitation are welcome.
Our logo was created by Luisa Lee, 4th year OD student, as a result of a Logo competition. She explained that her idea was that the logo represents a group of professionals from various fields (optometry, ophthalmology, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, opticians, teachers etc) surrounding a patient with low vision, and giving them their full attention by aiding them with their new knowledge. Ms Lee said that “The overall appearance resembles a pupil to represent the vision these specialists have for low vision rehabilitation”.
For further information, please see the Centre for Sight Enhancement's event page. Registration is open. Early Bird registration ends on December 15th, 2016, and registration closes on March 14th.
There is also the opportunity to sponsor a student to attend the conference who otherwise would find it financially difficult. Sponsoring a Waterloo student for the full conference is $250. Eligible students could be from a variety of disciplines across campus e.g. Optometry, Applied Health Science. Sponsoring a non-Waterloo a student to attend the full conference including a contribution towards their travel and accommodation is $500. The eligible student would be from a discipline such as occupational therapist, optometrist or ophthalmologist who needs to travel to attend the conference.
Canadian Low Vision Achievement Award
We are also glad to announce a new award that has been created in association with this conference, the Canadian Low Vision Achievement Award. This biennial award is presented to an individual who has significantly contributed to the promotion, development, improved delivery, or knowledge of low vision and/or blindness rehabilitation within Canada. Contributions can include research, clinical, service, and/or education-related achievements. The award will be presented at the Canadian Interdisciplinary Vision Rehabilitation Conference.
Nominations should include name, institution, and contact information for the nominee and a description in 500 words or less outlining why the nominee is worthy of the award. While not mandatory, a CV/resume will assist the judges in making a final decision. Please use accessible formats such as word processing or plain text documents.
The deadline for receiving nominations is January 31st, 2017.