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FriendshipWorks Forum Low Vision: Will You Know It When You See It?

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is proud to host the “Low Vision: Will You Know It When You See It?” event on June 8, 2017. The morning event, offered by FriendshipWorks, is a professional forum for those serving low-vision elders. The FriendshipWorks network of trained volunteers has been providing support and assistance to elders in Boston and Brookline for over thirty years.

The event is sponsored in part by FriendshipWorks, New England College of Optometry, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. It will focus specifically on strategies to help reduce elder social isolation for low vision elders.  The forum will empower front line providers to work with low vision elders with best practices, access to resources and insights in navigating treatment and services.  The forum will allow providers to dialogue with experts in the fields of optometry, low vision orientation and mobility and transportation. Special emphasis will focus on how providers can help low vision elders make a vital contribution to their communities.

Low Vision: Will You Know It When You See It?  

Schedule of Events, June 8, 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM   Registration  (Coffee and networking opportunity)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Forum

FriendshipWorks' Farsighted Team of experts who are working together to address social isolation for elders with low-vision are:

  • Ulyena McPherson, Director Greater Boston Region, MA Commission for the Blind
  • Janet Huettig, Director Social Work, MA Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Dr. Cathy Stern, OD
  • Dan Dougherty, Executive Director, Guardian Healthcare (formerly with the Guild for the Blind)
  • Dana Kern, FriendshipWorks board member
  • Dean Denniston, FriendshipWorks board member
  • Kyle Robidoux, Director Volunteer Services, Mass. Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Dr. Richard Jamara, OD, Professor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM  Informal Networking 

Participants will receive a Resource Guide with options for supporting low-vision elders in Boston and surrounding towns.  Participants are eligible for 3 hours of MA accredited CE.

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