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Wisconsin Chapter Webinar

Thursday, April 29th, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:30 PM (CDT)

Presented in partnership with Vision Forward Association and the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
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Virtual Event

Milwaukee, WI 53201


Steve Sroka, Associate Director, Events, Foundation Fighting Blindness

Updates on Gene Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases

Kimberly E. Stepien, M.D., Associate Professor, Medical Retina & Ocular Genetics, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UW-Madison 

Dr. Stepien will provide an update on gene therapies for various Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs) including Choroideremia, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), and Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Dr. Stepien is a clinical scientist with research interests in inherited retinal degenerations and ocular imaging. She is currently PI for several clinical trials exploring novel emerging therapies for IRDs and other retinal pathology, and she serves as an investigator at the Fundus Photography Reading Center at UW-Madison.

Low Vision and Blindness: Solutions for Watching TV & Movies

Cory Ballard, CATIS, Director of Technology, Vision Forward

Luke Scriven, Assistive Technology Specialist, Vision Forward 

Many mainstream devices, like the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, make it very easy to access a large library of media content. These devices give you access to popular providers like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus making the options endless. But, if you have low vision or blindness, what options are available to assist in accessing and watching this content? Join Luke Scriven and Cory Ballard from Vision forward as they discuss and demonstrate low vision options, like Vision Buddy, and blindness options, like screen readers and audio description.

Vision Forward:  A Partner for Individuals with Vision Loss

Jaclyn Borchardt, Director of Operations, Vision Forward Association

Vision Forward is committed to empowering people of all ages with vision loss to live independent and full lives. Partnerships with medical providers, community organizations and clients and families allow us to offer the highest quality, evidence based services that are customized to best meet the needs of each individual. Jaclyn will provide a brief overview of how Vision Forward can help make living with vision loss easier through new offerings and innovative projects.

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Steve Sroka, Associate Director of Events, Foundation Fighting Blindness



These webinars are presented without charge and brought to you by The Chatlos Foundation Public Health Education Program of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

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