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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Vision Exchange Conference 2019

Friday, June 7 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Welcoming Leaders of Vision Loss Support Groups

It’s our 10th Vision Exchange Conference!

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

COST: $10 cash, please(refreshments and lunch included.

To register, please contact Polly Abbott at
312-582-2985 or email Polly Abbott.

2019 Agenda

9:00 am: Welcome and Registration

9:30 am: Introductions

Inspiration and Revitalization
Participate in an open group discussion. Tell us about your group and get support and suggestions from your fellow group leaders. Face your challenges with leaders who know just what you are talking about. Share your successes and find solutions!

We will learn from group leaders who have implemented new strategies to address challenges such as lack of communication among group members, stale meetings and dwindling numbers.

10:45 am: Break

11:00 am: Keynote speaker: Dr. David Rakofsky Psy.D.

Wellington Counseling Group
When the Helper Needs Help: Soothing the Hidden Psychological Stress in Those Living with People Adjusting to Vision Loss

Individuals with vision loss often experience depression as they try to cope with the changes in their lives. Depression also has an affect on spouses, friends and family. We’ll discuss the emotional impact on those close relationships, learn to recognize the signs of depression and gain practical skills for providing support for all involved.

12:30pm: Networking Lunch at Hadley

1:30pm: Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

10 years ago, the first Vision Exchange conference was held at Hadley. Hadley has changed a lot since then! Now, Hadley offers more learning opportunities for adjusting to vision loss. We’ll tour the newly renovated facility and learn about the new programs and services available to your group members and their families.

2:45 pm: Closing Remarks

Thank you to Hadley for hosting Vision Exchange!


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 conference 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 31, 2019.
CEU processing fee: $20
Contact: Renee Bickett, Continuing Professional Education Specialist, Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411 phone 708-709-7717
(Credit card payment can be processed via phone)