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Events of Note:

Safety and Self-Defense for People with Vision Loss Tele-Support Presentation: June 20, 2022

This Monday, June 20, 2022 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm ET (Eastern Time), Lighthouse Guild is presenting a free, virtual program covering self-defense tips and strategies that can help people with vision loss be safe at home or in the community. “Increased rates of violence across the United States and in our own neighborhoods” have “raised safety concerns for everyone, especially those with vision loss. The speaker, Sensei Devin Fernandez, who has over twenty years of experience in Martial Arts, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2000 and has launched Third Eye Insight — Fitness for the Blind to integrate his expertise in martial arts, yoga, and meditation with the “gift of service.” For more information on the virtual program or to register, visit the webpage listing for Tele-Support Presentations: Safety and Self-Defense for People Living with Vision Loss.

Using Google Translate: A Virtual Workshop on June 23, 2022

The Andrew Heiskell Library of The New York Public Library‘s workshop on “Using Google Translate” will take place online and in person on June 23, 2022 at 2 pm ET. The workshop will explore this cross-platform for translation in depth. Participants will find out how to translate from speech, text, handwriting, and the camera, how to build a list of commonly used phrases, and more. To register, click on the Zoom registration link for Using Google Translate. For more information, email [email protected]

Free Virtual Summit on Eye Health: July 13-14, 2022

“Eye-conic Approaches to Eye Health,” the 11th Annual Focus on Eye Health Summit hosted by Prevent Blindness, will be held virtually on July 13-14, 2022. Participants will have access to presentations from experts, an exhibitor hall, educational materials, videos, and toolkits, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. This interactive event brings together a broad range of stakeholders from the vision and eye health community to create a dialogue and learning platform related to the latest significant public health issues around vision and eye health, The goal is to foster dialogue on such topics as research, access, service integration, disseminating best practices, strengthening the patient voice in clinical practice and public policy, technology to support vision health and quality of life, children’s health, and more.  This summit draws an international audience of patient advocates, advocacy, vision, eye health, and community organizations, researchers, health care professionals, educators, government staff members, and corporate representatives. Keynote speakers are Frank Bruni, writer for The New York Times and author of the bestseller Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found; and Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of both the Salud America! National Program and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health, San Antonio. For more information and to register for this free event visit the webpage for the 2022 Focus on Eye Health National Summit.