November 3 – 6, 2019 at the Georgian Terrace in Atlanta, GA

St. Louis, Missouri – July 24, 2019 – Join us this fall at the VisionServe Alliance Executive Leadership Conference—a new kind of conference designed to foster participant involvement and spark creativity. All leaders involved in the provision of service to or with people who are blind or have low vision are invited to attend and participate.

This year’s conference will use the Open Space Technology meeting format, a format different from our typical conferences in that participants will be the ones to generate the program and structure the schedule for each day, encouraging conversation, planning, and action on a wide range of topics and initiatives that will impact the future of blindness and low vision.

All stakeholders and leaders in the blind and low vision field are invited. “We wanted this year’s conference to provide learning exchanges to engage a wider array of current and emerging leaders across sectors, disciplines, demographics, and industry segments including education, rehabilitation, employment, medical, technology and social services for people of all ages,” says President and CEO of VisionServe Alliance, Lee Nasehi. “We are also proud to have the support of other national organizations in the field behind this year’s event.” Co-Hosts of the VisionServe Alliance Executive Leadership Conference include ACB (American Council of the Blind), ACVREP (Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals), COSB (Council of Schools and Services for the Blind) NAEPB (National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind) and NOAH (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation).

Kathleen Zeider, President/CEO of ACVREP notes that, “VisionServe Alliance is uniquely positioned to convene this important summit in our field. We are excited that it will refine the collective focus and strengthen the collaboration in our field resulting in a greater impact for those we serve.”

Mike McGowan, Executive Director of NOAH, said his organization, “enthusiastically supports the efforts of VisionServe Alliance to gather the field together to discover ways to build a better world for people who are blind or have low vision.  There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we work together.”

There are more than 26.9 million[1] American adults in the US and 226 million[2] more around the world living with blindness and low vision, with thousands more projected to join these ranks, all of whom have a vested interest in dramatically enhancing education, services, transportation, digital accessibility, employment and other opportunities.

Participants at the VSA Executive Leadership Conference will seek to ask, discuss, and suggest solutions to challenges in the field of blindness & low vision that might include essential questions such as:

  • Are public and private education resources meeting the needs of students?
  • What are the emerging challenges and solutions in employment?
  • How can we significantly enhance the resources for training and support for seniors?
  • How can we improve care for our veterans through care partnerships with the private sector?
  • What can be done to assure access to all digital information including government websites, applications and voting processes?

This event is convened by Lee Nasehi, President & CEO of VisionServe Alliance, and John Mitchell, President/CEO of the Cincinnati Association for the Blind, Board Chair of VisionServe Alliance. Co-facilitators include David Morgan, President & CEO of Future In Sight, Lee Nasehi, and VSA Board of Directors in a variety of small and large group conversations with participants.

For more information and to register, go to www.visionserveallinace.org/conferences/

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[1] According to the American Foundation for the Blind. See https://www.afb.org/research-and-initiatives/statistics/adults

[2] According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. See https://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day/