CONCORD, NH (March 20, 2017) – Future In Sight, formerly known as the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, will be hosting Opening Space for the Future of Sight on April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire.

This learning exchange aims to generate dynamic new conversations and action around the future of blindness and sight loss across disciplines, demographics, and industry segments including education, training, and rehabilitation services for babies, children, adults and seniors

There are more than 30,000 residents in New Hampshire living with profound sight loss, and tens of thousands more across New England. Participants will seek to answer questions that include: 

  • In the face of shifting demographics, what are the unmet needs of seniors with sight loss?
  • How can we improve care for our veterans through care partnerships with the private sector?
  • What needs do infants/toddlers and their parents have?
  • What are the emerging challenges and solutions in employment for those who are blind or have a visual impairment? 

The event is designed to foster participant involvement and spark creativity. Invited to participate are: parents, teachers, clients, social service providers, medical doctors and technicians, vocational rehab specialists, and more. The format will encourage conversation, planning, and action on a range of topics and initiatives that will impact the future of blindness and sight loss. Through facilitation support, participants will generate the program and structure the schedule for the day. 

  • David Morgan, President & CEO of Future In Sight, is convening this gathering. He will be enthusiastically participating throughout the day in a variety of small and large group conversations with other participants.
  • Randy Pierce, President 2020 Vision Quest, Board Chair of Future in Sight, and blind adventurer.
  • Dr. Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, Chief of Optometry, VA New England Health.
  • Rosa Zubizarreta, Principal at DiaPraxis and an organization development consultant with a background in social services, will be facilitating the event.

The registration fee is $45 and includes pre- and post-conference materials, continental breakfast, and boxed lunch. Space is limited and registration is required. Media is welcome to attend.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.futureinsight.org.

About Future In Sight

Headquartered at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord, Future In Sight – formerly known as New Hampshire Association for the Blind - was founded in 1912 with the mission to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired. Over the last 105 years, the organization has grown to offer a complete range of specialized professional education and vision rehabilitation services that help babies, children, adults, and elders who have little to no vision to obtain access to a full range of services. Future In Sight is the only private, nonprofit provider of statewide, comprehensive direct vision rehabilitation and educational services throughout the state of New Hampshire for persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

For more information about Future In Sight’s programs and services, please call 603-224-4039 or browse our website.

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