November 13-14, 2014






Date:                       Thursday and Friday, November 13-14 


Time:                        8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

                                 (Registration Begins at 7:30 a.m.)


Location:                 Poco Diablo Resort

                                1752 State Route 179

                                Sedona, Arizona 86336

                                (928) 282-7333



This two-day conference and workshop will feature Arizona vision specialists presenting on important topics for the state and the field of visual impairment.


Earn up to 8.0 Professional Development Credits, network with colleagues from across the state, and enjoy good meals and important work being shared through the presentations and discussions.


The annual AZ AER Board Elections will be held during the business meeting. Consider running for Treasurer, Secretary or Member-at-Large!   



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Duane Geruschat   


Thursday, November 13



Afternoon Session  3:30 to 5:00 p.m.


“The Challenges for Blind and Low Vision Pedestrians Trying to Cross at Roundabouts”


Duane Geruschat Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Salus University and a Research Associate in Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute.  He is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT).  He has been involved in low vision mobility research for 35 years. 

Dr. Geruschat served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, the international journal of record, from 2005 – 2012.  He is the recipient of the Kirchner Award for lifetime achievement in research from the American Foundation for the Blind and an award from the Low Vision Division of AER for contributions to low vision research literature.





Friday, November 14


Special Workshop!

9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“An Overview of Unified English Braille: A Hands-on Training”


Frances Mary D’Andrea, Ph.D., is an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and other universities, and an educational consultant specializing in literacy issues related to students with visual impairments. Dr. D’Andrea began as a teacher of students with visual impairments in 1982, and from 1995-2005 she worked at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and helped establish their National Literacy Center. She is currently Chair of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and has served as AFB's representative to BANA since 1998. She is co-author of several textbooks including the recently published Ashcroft Programmed Instruction in Braille: Unified English Braille.