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Low Vision Expo 2018, Santa Cruz

Presenter, Dr. Carolyn K. Pan describes an eye condition to the audience

Thank you to all of our Low Vision Expo attendees, presenters, vendors, and volunteers.  The 2018 Low Vision Expo was a great success!  More than 263 people attended the event!  This was the highest number of registrants since the event began more than 15 years ago.  Sixty four percent of our attendees have some sort of visual impairment and are now connected to Vista Center’s services.  This was the first Low Vision Expo for 70% of our attendees.  We will connect them with programs that are most beneficial to their situation.

One attendee stated, “This was the best Expo yet!  Thank you for providing this invaluable resource for the visually impaired community!”

Presenter Videos are coming soon.

Presentation Audio (MP3)

Diabetic Retinopathy
Presented by Dr. Carolyn K. Pan, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford

Traveling for the Blind and Visually Impaired using Inertial Sensors, Wireless Sensors, and Beacon Technology
Presented by Germán H. Flores, Ph.D.

Adventures in Low Vision – Living Each Day to the Fullest 
Presented by Ana Bedingfeld, Bevie Crook, David Emanuel, Stacie Grijalva, Patrice Maginnis, Dr. Jill Fajardo and Sharon Hudson 

2018 LVE Event Photos

Sponsored by Disability Communications Fund

FREE Event!
Living with Vision Loss

Reserve your spot!  Lunch included if you register by September 1.

Call 831-458-9766 or email info@vistacenter.org to sign up.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060

2018 Low Vision Flyer

Presentations

Diabetic Retinopathy
Presented by Dr. Carolyn K. Pan, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford

Dr. Carolyn Pan is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. She focuses on retinal vascular diseases, macular degeneration, and surgical repair of retinal detachments, macular pathology, and complications from cataract surgery. She has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from optical coherence tomography imaging to embryonic stem cells for macular degeneration.

In addition to her clinical practice, she is dedicated to the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows. As recognition of her efforts, she received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2016 from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University.

Dr. Pan is Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University. Her clinical practice is mainly based at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she serves as chief of the retina service.

Traveling for the Blind and Visually Impaired using Inertial Sensors, Wireless Sensors, and Beacon Technology
Presented by Germán H. Flores, Ph.D.

Germán H. Flores (Ph.D. ‘17) is a researcher at IBM Research – Almaden, where his research has focused on building solutions that use inertial sensors, wireless sensors, and other sensing technologies for indoor navigation and IoT related applications. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2017. His dissertation focused on developing navigation systems that use wireless sensors or inertial sensors embedded in a smartphone to provide real-time and reliable travel-related information to help blind or visually impaired travelers reach a destination safely.

Adventures in Low Vision – Living Each Day to the Fullest 
Presented by Ana Bedingfeld, Bevie Crook, David Emanuel, Stacie Grijalva, Patrice Maginnis, Dr. Jill Fajardo and Sharon Hudson 

Panelists will discuss the many programs & services available to you from Vista Center and the tools available to increase your independence and confidence while living with Vision Loss.

Exhibitors

Amazon
A&E Low Vision Products
Access Ingenuity
Aira Tech
Department of Rehabilitation
FlickType
Grey Bears
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Mattingly
Microsoft
NorthState Assistive Technology
Orcam
Santa Cruz County Elections
Santa Cruz METRO
Senior Network Services
Sterling Adaptives
Sunu Band
Western Blind Rehabilitation Center

Visit participating exhibitors to enter to win a prize.  Raffle will be held in the exhibitor auditorium starting at 3 PM, so make sure to enter the raffle prior to 3 PM. The participating exhibitors will present their product for 10 minutes and then raffle their prize.
Participating vendors are,
Vista Center
Amazon
Flip type
Sunu
Sterling Adaptives representing Orcam

 

 *Raffle to be held at 3 PM in the auditorium where the exhibitors are located. 

 

Vista Center wishes to thank Disability Communications Fund for sponsoring this event:

 

Disability Communications Fund text logo with tagline, "Access for All"

 

Vista Center is also grateful to the following sponsors:

 

Amazon

Sterling Adaptives

Erik's Deli

Mattingly Low Vision, Inc.

Event Schedule

9:30 Registration Begins
Registration/Visit Exhibitor Hall
(Exhibitor Hall is open 9:30 am-4pm) 

10:30 – 10:45 am
Welcome & Introductions 

10:45 - 12:00pm 
Diabetic Retinopathy
Dr. Carolyn K. Pan, M.D. Byers Eye Institute, Stanford

11:30 - 1:00pm 
Lunch - Free if you register by September 1, 2018

1:00 – 1:45 pm 
Traveling for the Blind and Visually Impaired using GPS and Beacon Technology
Germán H. Flores, Ph.D., Researcher at IBM Research - Almaden

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Adventures in Low Vision – Living Each Day to the Fullest
Vista Center Speakers PanelVisitors at Exhibitor Hall

4:00pm LV Expo Concludes

Directions from Santa Cruz Metro Center to Louden Nelson Community Center

 

If you would like guided assistance from the Metro Center, please call 831-247-0459 five minutes before you arrive so that we can dispatch someone to meet you.

 

4 minutes walking (0.2 mile) via Maple Street

 

From the Metro Station:

 

Walk west toward Pacific Ave. for 36 ft.

 

Turn left onto Pacific Ave. and walk 148 ft.

 

Turn right onto Maple St. and walk 0.1 mi. crossing Cedar St. to Center St.

 

Turn left onto Center St. – Louden Nelson Community Center will be on your right in 154 ft.

 

301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060