VRATE CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Mark your calendars for VRATE 2012!
Speaker schedule below for the 16th Annual Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo. VRATE will be held at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 North 40th St., Phoenix, Arizona 85008 on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 9 am to 4 pm.
VRATE 2012 Speaker's List (last updated Friday, November 16, 2012):
9:30- 10:30 AM
Fiesta Room: “Diagnosis and Vision Rehabilitation of Patients with Acquired Brain Injury” Vladimir Yevseyenkov O.D., Ph.D. and Paula Hanford O.D. , Midwestern University Low Vision Clinic CEU credit
Room A: “Making Employer Phone Systems Accessible to People with Vision Loss” Mark Nelson, Digital Apex CEU credit
Room B: “Guide Dogs: The Century Old Mobility Tool” Michael Goehring, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Room C: ““Independent Living Programs: What are They? and How You Get Them”
Karla Rivas-Parker and Susan DeNova, AZ DES Rehabilitation Services Administration
Fiesta Room: “Low Vision and Hemianopsia Rehabilitation” Lynne Noon O.D. Diplomate of Low Vision, Viewfinder Low Vision Resource Center CEU credit
Room A: “Tablet Comparisons” SAAVI Access Technology Team, SAAVI
Room B: “Communication and Information Access Tools for the Deaf Blind” Kevin Hughes, Humanware
Room C: “Why wait? Read now!: How to navigate and start reading books you want with BARD( Braille and Audio Reading Download)” Michael Usrey, AZ Braille and Talking Book Library
11:45-1:00 PM- Break for Lunch and Exhibit Hall
Fiesta Room: “Common Disorders Encountered in Low Vision Rehabilitation” Kevin Huff O.D., Viewfinder Low Vision Resource Center CEU credit
Room A: “iStuff: Apple Mobile Access” Sharonda Greenlaw, SAAVI, and Terri Hedgpeth, A.S.U. Disability Resource Center
Room B: “Accessible Textbooks” SAAVI Alternative Media Specialists, SAAVI
Room C: “EasyConverter” Jeff Bazer, Dolphin Computer Access Inc.
Fiesta Room: “Common Disorders Encountered in Low Vision Rehabilitation” (Continued) Kevin Huff O.D., Viewfinder Low Vision Resource Center CEU credit
Room A: “Portable and Affordable Braille for your IOS Device” Larry Lewis Jr., Flying Blind LLC.
Room B: “Is a Seeing Eye Dog Right for You or Someone You Know” Chelsea White, The Seeing Eye
Room C: “New Technology Coming to Handhelds (iPhone/Android)” Briggs Cunningham, Practical Intellect, LLC
VRATE 2012 Speaker's Grid and VRATE 2012 Speaker's List in PDF for Adobe Reader; last
updated Friday, November 16, 2012.
VRATE 2012 Speaker's Grid and VRATE 2012 Speaker's List in DOC format for MS Word; last
updated Friday, November 16, 2012.
VRATE is a unique free event that features day-long exhibits and informative speakers that provide expert services and products for people of all ages with visual impairments, and the professionals who work with this population. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the newest technologies, medical research, and helpful resources available to those with visual impairments.
We are seeking education sessions that will be of interest to consumers as well as the professional. Such sessions would include information that the blindness/low vision practitioner and educator needs to succeed professionally, and encourages discussion of current practice trends and techniques. Sessions of interest to the consumer would include information to enhance the consumers’ knowledge of the low vision/blindness topics and resources and treatments available.
Submitting Session and Speaker Information for CE Approval
In order to receive approval from ACVREP, AOTA, AZOA, and CRCC for sessions presented at the VRATE 2012 program, the VRATE Speaker Committee must provide to each accrediting body a completed application. This application provides the necessary information to the bodies to prove validity and relevant topics to the professions in order to provide credit to certified/licensed professionals for the purpose of recertification.
Please note that only the presenters/sessions that complete and submit the required information listed on the following page can be considered for Continuing Education Credit.
Continuing education topics for recertification credit must focus on increasing the knowledge and/or skills in the practice of vision rehabilitation and education, in one or more of the following areas:
1. The Visual System and Vision Loss.
2. The Auditory System And Hearing Loss.
3. Psychosocial Aspects Of Visual Impairment.
4. Professionalism In Vision Education And Rehabilitation.
5. Professional Information.
6. Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired With Additional Disabilities.
7. Aging And Vision Loss.
8. Sensory Motor Functioning.
9. Human Growth And Development Over The Lifespan.
10. Assessment Of Persons With Visual Impairment And Their Environments.
11. Instructional Methods.
12. Development, Administration, And Supervision Of Programs Serving Persons With Visual Impairment.
13. Communication, Team-Building, Consumerism, Cultural Diversity, And Working With Families.
Submissions are reviewed for meeting continuing education accrediting criteria for AOTA, AZOA, ACVREP and CRCC. To be eligible for CE credits each lecture/speaker must have the following information for submission to the Review Committee: a) Title of lecture, b) Speaker name and credentials including a copy of their CV, c) Learning objectives, and d) Number of clock hours.
The speakers/instructors must have education and/or experience appropriate to the subject matter. Also, a speaker or presenter who has a financial interest in any of the items or services presented in the course must disclose this at the time of application and at the beginning of each program.
Important Dates to remember:
Friday, August 17, 2012 - Deadline for presentation proposal submission.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - Selection Notification
Friday, November 30, 2012 – VRATE at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 North 40th St., Phoenix, Arizona 85008
For further information, please contact VRATE Speaker Co-chair, Janet Menke OTR/L,CLVT at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
View a sample of lecture and objective information to submit for 2012 in Microsoft Word format.
Prior VRATE Presentations
Did you miss a session or were unable to attend? Please use this prior VRATE presentations link to view information from the last 3 year's of presentations.