VRATE 2017 Speakers

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Title Room # Time Speaker Organization

Self-Employment Provider Panel

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Garnet Room

Panel of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals

Topic: Is self-employment the right job setting for you?

Various


11 Tips to Help Maintain Independence Despite Visual Impairment

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Emerald Room

**CEU credits ARE available!

Dr. Lynne Noon

Topic: Provide awareness of available custom and premade optical low vision devices

ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Centers


Blind Rehabilitation Services for Older Arizonans with Vision Loss

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Sapphire Room

**CEU credits ARE available!

Karla Rivas-Parker and Deborah MacIlroy

Topic: Learn about services available to remain independent in the home.

DES/RSA


Essential Employment Skills

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Ruby

**CEU credits ARE available!

Carlos Paraskevas

Topic: Learn about the skills that may not be on the job description.

Arizona Industries for the Blind


It Takes a Village to Achieve Your Career Goal: Team Approach for Those w/CVHL

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Jade

Cathy Kirscher and Virginia Thompson

Topic: Identify members of transdisciplinary team and community services providers.

HKNC and ACBVI


All About Social Security for Individuals Who are Blind and Visually Impaired

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Diamond A

**CEU credits ARE available!

Jack Burns

Topic: Answer questions and provides information about the benefit programs & services

Social Security Adiministration


Guide Dog Panel

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Room Diamond B

Panel of Guide Dog Users and Providers

Topic: Explain the process for acquiring a service animal and user training requirement

Various


Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Room Sapphire

Kirk Adams

Topic: A look back at some of the issues people with vision loss experienced.

American Foundation for the Blind


VA Blind Rehabilitation Services Inspiring the Future After Onset

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Emerald Room

**CEU credits ARE available!

Tom Hicks

Topic: Learn about referral and eligibility process for blind veterans through VA

Phoenix VA Medical Center


Self-Employed Business Owners Panel

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Garnet Room

Panel of Individuals Self-Employed

Topic: Discussion of what are some of the reasons to be self-employed & the challenges

Various


Services and unmet needs for people with combined vision and hearing loss

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Sapphire Room

Mary Hartle, Chris Desborough and Ed Gervasoni

Topic: A panel discussion with leaders of Arizona’s deaf blind community

Various


Educate Your Policy Makers and Vote As If Your Life Depends On It

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Jade Room

**CEU credits ARE available!

Lisa Lee

Topic: Learn the history of disability law and become an active participant.

Arizona Center for Disability Law


Intimacy: Let's Talk About It....

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Diamond A

**CEU credits ARE available!

Rev. Michael Abell

Topic: Strategies to strengthen relationships and learn how to talk about intimacy

The Family Ministry Counseling and Psychotherapy Services


Meet The Smart Home: Introducing A New World of Accessibility

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Diamond B

Jeremy Schmidt

Topic: Learn differences between home automation and home controllers, & Smart Home

Jeremy Schmidt


AT Face Off for 2017

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room Ruby

**CEU credits ARE available!

Sharonda White, Beatriz Shapiro, Sue Lehew, Nathan Pullen, Jaime Trausch and Ter

Topic: Learn about Assistive Tech for home, Entertainment, education and employment.

Governor's Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment AT Committee


Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Garnet Room

Leslie A. McNeil

Topic: Learn about comprehensive program on Non-24 affecting people who are Blind

Vanda Pharmaceuticals


Assessing Assistive Tech Options for Large Print & Braille Raders

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Emerald

**CEU credits ARE available!

Renee Clark

Topic: Determining best option for individuals in specific setting and tasks.

Renee Clark


Transition Services for Students Who are Blind and Visually Impaired-How VR Work

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Sapphire

**CEU credits ARE available!

Richard Sorey

Topic: How to actively participate in VR Services to achieve successful employment

DES/RSA


AzTAP-The Arizona Technology Access Program

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Ruby

**CEU credits ARE available!

Clayton Guffey

Topic: Overview on AT, description of programs and services available

AzTAP


Disability Benefits 101: Employment & Economic Stability

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Diamond A

**CEU credits ARE available!

Ivan Rivera

Topic: Social security benefits, learn about tools and info health ins for work

Ability 360


Let's Discuss Transportation: Options For Those Who Don't Drive

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Room Diamond B

Ron Brooks

Topic: Transportation options in Phoenix through Valley Metro and other alternatives.

Valley Metro