Vision Exchange 2017: Professional Development for Leaders of Low Vision Support Groups
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 Conference!
- 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.
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 2017 Vision Exchange Conference 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
You select the topic that is most pressing for you. We will break into three groups
|11:00 – 11:15am||
|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
|12:45 – 1:45pm||
|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
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.