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"Focus" on Vision Impairment and Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss

Join us at the thirteenth annual "Focus" On Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference:  Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss which will be held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 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 BlindPerkins School for the Blind

Join us at the thirteenth annual "Focus" On Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference:  Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss which will be held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 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 BlindPerkins School for the Blind
Department of Developmental Services, Southeast Training Council
New England College of OptometryShriver Clinical Services
We are honored that Jane F. Ryder, Acting Commissioner for the Department of Developmental Services will offer remarks as we start the day and that Paul Saner, MCB Commissioner will offer remarks at lunch.  We are also so pleased to welcome our keynote Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Boston University who will discuss friendship and how to promote authentic social opportunities for all.  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 will put the finishing touch on the day!
The Collaborating Partners organizing this year’s event include: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, New England College of Optometry, Boston University School of Medicine, and Shriver Clinical Services. 
Registration forms will be available in early December 2017. Registration brochure and form, including continuing education information, will be downloadable from: www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/conferences--workshops.html and:   www.perkinselearning.org/events-monthly .
Please register early!!!  Space is limited!!!
Registration Information:
** Early Registration Fee postmarked by January 31, 2018:    $55.00  
    Registration Fee postmarked after January 31, 2018:           $65.00
    Registration needed by February 23, 2018 to attend conference. 
For additional information, including sponsorship, vendor or advertisement opportunities please contact:                  Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us       508-384-5539.
Join us on March 14, 2018!  Register Early** and Save $10.00! 

Event Information
Date: 
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Fee: 
$55.00 / $65.00
Location
Address line 1: 
Four Points by Sheraton
City: 
Norwood
State: 
Massachusetts
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Lisa DiBonaventura
Contact Phone: 
508-384-5539
Contact E-mail: 
Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us
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