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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

The Research Behind Your Vision Rehabilitation Training

Wednesday, February 8 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

You might wonder why your vision rehabilitation therapist or orientation and mobility specialist asks you to perform a task a certain way. You may ask, “Why do it that way?” Many hours of research go into the methods that inform the professionals who work with you to help you maximize the tools you have at your disposal. The techniques for learning how to enhance your remaining vision, using a digital device or walking a straight line with a white cane, are the result of researchers looking for the best ways to help you maintain your highest level of function.

To better understand the research that goes into the new skills you have learned, we welcome Dr. Zingzi Zi Xiong, Ph.D., research assistant professor from the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science at the University of Minnesota. She leads research projects for the Minnesota Laboratory of Low Vision Science Research, the Center for Applied Translational Sensory Science and the Envision Research Institute. Dr. Zi Xiong is interested in the way the human brain learns new knowledge, adapts to change and rehabilitates after impairments.

Dr. Zi Xiong will share her research in the following areas:

  • reading with low vision including accessibility of text and selection of digital devices
  • vision and hearing impairment and the ability to determine the location of people and objects in relation to oneself
  • impact of this research on your vision rehabilitation training

Dr. Zi Xiong is happy to take your questions after her presentation.

To join us for this extraordinary opportunity to learn about what goes into your rehabilitation training, call our conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.