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Vision Exchange Conference

Professional Development for Leaders of Low Vision Support Groups

Group shot of support group leaders from Vision Exchange 2016

Join us for an energizing day that will enrich your support group!


The 2018 Vision Exchange Conference will be on Friday, June 1

THANK YOU to Friedman Place of Chicago for hosting this year’s Vision Exchange Conference!  Friedman Place is located at 5527 N. Maplewood Avenue.

  • Increase your knowledge and ability to support your group members with vision loss (CEUs offered)
  • 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 25, 2018. CEU processing fee: $20

Our 2018 Vision Exchange Conference Agenda


Meet and Mingle

Coffee and bagels provided by Friedman Place


Welcome and Introductions

Elevator Speech Introductions for Everyone (1 min. max)

Inspiration and Revitalization

Participate in an open group discussion. Talk about your group and have the opportunity to get support and suggestions from your fellow group leaders. Face your challenges and find solutions! Share your successes with others who know exactly what you are talking about!

Short break



What can you say or do to help a group member who has experienced a significant drop in their vision? It can be difficult to stand back and watch the changes happening. Do the other group members know what to do? Become aware of the continuum of options that support the changes from low vision to no vision. Learn what you can do to facilitate your group member’s adjustment and transition as well as maintain their place within the group.


Networking Lunch


Friedman Place: Information for You to Share (tour included)

As the “go-to” person for help and information for people with vision loss, you may have been asked if there are any residences that support adults with vision loss. Perhaps you have been asked questions about Friedman Place in the past? Is it a good place to live? Learn all about this unique residence in Chicago.



Closing Remarks