2017 Macular Degeneration and Vision Expo

Macular Degeneration & Vision Expo

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Come for an hour - stay for the day!

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Portland - 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., Portland
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Morning Program

Lectures and Discussion

9:30 - 10 a.m.  
Thriving in the journey: Embracing life one step at a time
Author, adventurer and mental health counselor Becky Andrews shares her story of finding resilience after losing vision and explains how you can apply this approach to your own life.
Becky Andrews, L.C.M.H.C., F.T.
Resilient Solutions, Inc.
Note:  Ms. Andrews will be available to sign her book, "Look Up, Move Forward" from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Copies available for purchase.

10:10 - 10:55 a.m.
Macular degeneration: The view ahead in research and treatment
Find out about promising approaches for diagnosing and managing this common eye disease, including new imaging technologies and experimental treatments.
Brandon Lujan, M.D., OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Christina Flaxel, M.D., OHSU Casey Eye Institute

10:55 - 11:20 a.m.
Questions and answers

11: 20 a.m. - Noon
Choices, choices, choices: Today's options for improving your vision performance
Get an overview of the latest visual aids and technologies on display at the expo from Casey's director of the Vision Rehabilitation Center.
John Boyer, O.D., OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Noon - 12:15 p.m.
Questions and answers

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
Lunch items available for purchase at the hotel or visit a nearby restaurant

Afternoon Program

Session One (choose one)

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Moving safely through your world
Learn helpful strategies to safely navigate your environment. Topics include use of contrast, proper light, avoiding hazards and walking independently inside and outside your home.
Malinda Carlson, Rehabilitation Instructor and Orientation & Mobility specialist
Oregon Commission for the Blind

Achieving independence through adaptive technology
(Repeats at 2:30 p.m.)
Explore the endless possibilities of technology for people with vision loss. Includes a comparison between magnification technology and non-visual technology, along with demonstrations of devices and applications, such as iPhone voiceover and KNFB Reader.
Niklas Petersson, Senior Accessibility Consultant
Lisa Ferris, Curriculum and Program Consultant
Miles Access Training

Session Two (choose one)
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
The next chapter and beyond:  Living life to the fullest
Examine common misconceptions about vision loss and learn some common-sense tactics -with a dose of humor - to help you or a loved one overcome fears.
Mary Lee Turner, Low Vision Consultant

Achieving independence through adaptive technology
(Repeat of 1:30 p.m. session)
Niklas Petersson, Senior Accessibility Consultant
Lisa Ferris, Curriculum and Program Consultant
Miles Access Training


Exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gold supporter:
Oregon Commission for the Blind

Silver supporter:
Boundless Assistive Technology
Irie-AT, Inc.

Visual aids and adaptive technologies:
Access Technologies, Inc.
Berryessa Designs (lighting)
Boundless Assistive Technology
Eschenbach Optik
HIMS, Inc.
Irie-AT, Inc.
The Low Vision Store
Miles Access Skills Training, L.L.C
Multnomah County Library
Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library
Robert Purvis, Ph.D.

Community resources:
Blindskills, Inc.
Elders in Action
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services
National Federation of the Blind/Rose City Chapter
Oregon Commission for the Blind
Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind
Oregon Department of Transportation, Medically At-Risk Driver Program
Portland Art Museum
Store to Door

Note: These vendors have committed to exhibiting at the expo. The list will continue to be updated in the coming months.