12th Annual: "focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference

12th Annual: "focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss

Registration needed by February 24, 2017 to attend.

Registration Now Open!

$50.00  Early Registration Fee postmarked by January 31, 2017.
$60.00 — Registration Fee postmarked after January 31, 2017.

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The completed form will be mailed to:
Donnamaria Linfield
Shriver Clinical Services 
Wrentham Developmental Center
PO Box 144, Wrentham, MA 02093

For additional information, including sponsorship, vendor or advertisement opportunities please contact Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us or 508-384-5539.

Welcome Remarks: Paul Saner, Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Keynote Speaker: Susannah Rowe, MD, MPH.
Director, Exceptional Vision Service; Vice Chair for Patient Safety and Quality; Assistant Professor – Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine.

Ten Years and Counting: Lessons from a Decade of Successful Eye Surgery for People with Intellectual Disability

Awards at Lunch:

  • Mark Holt "Gift of Lunch"
  • Paul McDade "Focus" Award for Distinguished Service
  • Paul McDade "Focus" Award for Distinguished Leadership

"Focus" on Talent!!!
Special Closing Performance by: "Wild Fire Girls"


8:00 – 8:25 AM
Registration / Vendors Open / Refreshments

8:25 – 8:30 AM
Opening Remarks

8:30 – 8:45 AM
Welcome Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 AM

9:45 – 10:00 AM
Break / Exhibits Open

10:00 – 11:00 AM
1st Concurrent Session

11:00 – 11:15 AM
Break / Exhibits Open

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
2nd Concurrent Session

12:15 – 12:30 PM
Exhibits Open

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Lunch & Award Presentations:

  • Mark Holt Gift of Lunch
  • Paul McDade "Focus" Awards for Distinguished Service and Leadership

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Dedicated Time for Exhibits Session

2:00 – 3:00 PM
3rd Concurrent Session

3:00 – 3:15 PM
Break / Refreshments / Exhibits Open

3:15 – 3:45PM
"Focus" On Talent!!! (Performance) / Raffle


  1. Please fill out the registration form and return BY February 24, 2017 to:
    Donnamaria Linfield / Shriver Clinical Services Corporation
    Wrentham Developmental Center, PO Box 144
    Wrentham, MA 02093
  2. For questions regarding Registration, please contact Donnamaria: Donnamaria.Linfield@state.ma.us or phone 508-384-5679.
  3. Please make check payable to: Shriver Clinical Services Corporation
  4. Refunds: We regret that refunds cannot be given after February 15th 2017, unless by notification from us to you that your check (# and amount) will be returned to you. This refund protocol will also be used if conference capacity is reached at the time we receive your registration and payment.
  5. Continuing Education Information – Please indicate your choice of CEU's on the registration form.
    • Application for 4 hours of Continuing Education has been submitted to:
      • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehab. & Education Prof. (ACVREP)
      • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC)
    • An application has been made for 4 CECs for Social Workers.
    • An application has been made to MA Board of Registration in Nursing for nursing continuing education. Questions: EKing@state.ma.us
    • NECO/NEEI has applied for 4 hours of MA CE approved credits. Questions: Barry S. Kran, O.D.: Kranb@neco.edu
  6. Scholarships are available for individuals with intellectual disability and their families. Information: Dianne.Rodrigues@state.ma.us
  7. Reduced room rates of $115.00 per night, exclusive of taxes, will be available at the Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, phone: 781-769-7900. Please mention Shriver Clinical. Rooms at this rate are held until February 10, 2016 and subject to availability.
  8. Registration Brochure and Form can be downloaded from "Training and Events" section of DDS Vision Loss website: www.mass.gov/dds/visionloss and from the "Perkins Training Center Calendar" on the Perkins website: www.perkinselearning.org/events.
  9. Questions please contact: Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us or 508-384-5539.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 08:00
Four Points by Sheraton
1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA 02062
United States