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VRATE 2018

"The Southwest’s Largest & Longest Running Vision Loss Resource Event! "

The 22nd Annual VRATE Expo will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at the Glendale Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar now

Attendee Registration is Free

VRATE 2018 is free to attend. Pre-Register On-Line to avoid the lines or you may register when you arrive at VRATE. Looking forward to seeing you there.


Presentations and Exhibitions Focused on:

  • Life-changing Assistive Technology
  • Resources for combined vision and hearing loss
  • Government and Community Services
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Free Wifi!

Free all day Parking!

Public transportation is availlable!

Information on community and government resources

Access to volunteers, sighted guides, and interpreters!

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VRATE 2018 Featured Speaker

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Kirk Adams

Kirk Adams is the president and chief executive officer of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). A preeminent leader in the field of blindness, Adams joined AFB in 2016 as its sixth chief executive. He is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to creating a more inclusive, accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss.

Before joining AFB, Adams served as president and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., which provides independence and self-sufficiency through employment for people who are blind. Under Adams’ management, the Lighthouse expanded to 11 different locations across the nation, increasing both revenue and the number of its employees, many of whom are blind, deaf-blind, or blind with other disabilities.

Prior to his chief executive role at the Lighthouse, Adams was general manager of administration and director of public relations and resource development at the Lighthouse.

Active in his community, Adams was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Disability Employment and the Seattle Public Library’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee. He served on the boards of the Aerospace Futures Alliance and the Association of Washington Business. He was also the former treasurer and member of the Board of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind.

Adams graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He earned his master’s degree in not-for- profit leadership at Seattle University in Washington, and is working toward his doctorate in leadership and change at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


The Glendale Civic Center is located at 5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301

Free parking is available.

Multiple dining options nearby

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