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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Vision Exchange 2017: Professional Development for Low Vision Support Group Leaders

Friday, June 2 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Mather
425 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Group shot of support group leaders from Vision Exchange 2016

Join us for an energizing day of sharing, networking and learning that will enrich your support group!

THANK YOU to the Mather of Evanston for hosting this year’s Vision Exchange!

  • Share ideas, challenges and solutions
  • Meet other local vision loss support group leaders

Cost: $10 refreshments and lunch included

To register contact Polly Abbott or call 312-582-2985.

CEUs available!

Prairie State College is an approved provider of Continuing Education Units (CEU) for social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practical nurses by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Participation in the entire Vision Exchange offers 4.0 CEU from IDFPR.

To register for CEUs please complete the Prairie State College CEU registration form and submit with payment by May 26, 2017. CEU processing fee: $20

Our Vision Exchange 2017 Agenda:

9:00 – 9:15am

Meet and Mingle

9:15 – 9:30am


Elevator Speech Introductions for Everyone (1 min. max)

9:30 – 11:00am

A Focus on Group Issues

  • Are your meetings not running smoothly?
  • Do you have group members causing problems?
  • Are you in need of inspiration for next month’s meeting?

You select the topic that is most pressing for you. We will break into three groups
to discuss three issues before coming together to share what we learned.

11:00 – 11:15am

Short break

11:15am – 12:45pm

A Touch of Braille

Presented by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Learn what you need to know to give the correct advice to group members asking
questions about braille. We will clear up common misconceptions about what braille
is, how and when it is learned, and what help it can be to seniors. This session will
include a hands-on experience.

12:45 – 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 – 3:00pm

Addressing Driving Safety with Older Drivers with Low Vision

Presented by Violet Potocki, OTR/L, CDRS

Many factors can affect driving ability in older adults. The decision to give up driving
is often avoided.

  • Learn to identify at-risk drivers and support them with resources.
  • Learn what to say to express your concerns to have that difficult discussion
    about driver safety.
  • Know where to find your closest driver evaluation and rehabilitation programs.
  • Learn how certified driver rehabilitation specialists can help your group members be safer.


Meet our presenters:

Violet Potocki, OTR/L, CDRS, is a registered and licensed occupational therapist, certified driver rehabilitation specialist, and clinical specialist at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. She has been an occupational therapist since 2002. She has worked in the driver rehabilitation field since 2006. She currently serves as the vice president for the Midwest Chapter of ADED (Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists). She is also a clinical specialist in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, low vision, and vision rehabilitation.

Violet has provided and served as a guest speaker on topics concerning low vision and driving safety and driving rehabilitation for various support and community groups, medical grand rounds, in-house and local rehabilitation programs, and school systems, among others. She was also a guest speaker for the Illinois Secretary of State Medical Review Unit, and presented on the topic of what differentiates a standard driving evaluation from a comprehensive, medically based driving evaluation.

Polly Abbott, CVRT, is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense. She oversees all of the service programs. She has been a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist for over 15 years and also has her qualification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. In addition to teaching daily living skills, Polly has recently become a certified coach and has added 1 Touch ™ Self-Defense classes to the services available to clients at Second Sense.

She received the Excellence in Rehabilitation Award in 2010 from the Illinois chapter of AER (Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) and the Elizabeth Lennon Meritorious Achievement Award in 2016 from AER Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Division.