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Upcoming Free Webinars for Professionals

On August 15, 2023 at 1 pm Universal Time UTC (9 am ET or Eastern Time) Past, Present, and Future: Treatment of Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs) will cover the history of gene therapy, including past and present successes and challenges. The lecturer, Dr. Alex V. Levin, ophthalmologist with the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center, will highlight the growing field of genetic testing and gene studies related to IRDs as well as current gene therapies and their impact on patient outcomes. This session is provided by Cybersight. To learn more and register, visit the Webinar Registration page for Past, Present, and Future: Treatment of Inherited Retinal Diseases. For information on some of the latest research in this area, read the coverage in last week’s RDPFS Bulletin entitled “New Study Shows Cones in Retinal Degeneration May Retain Visual Function.”


On August 18, 2023, at 2 pm Central Time (3 pm ET), Mastering the Art of Group Instruction will explore planning considerations and strategies to “provide the optimum experience for adult learners.” This program can be helpful to direct service providers who are considering offering group instruction and want to know more about it and potential benefits. It is provided by the Older Adults who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) located in the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Vision at Mississippi State University. The speaker is Polly Abbott, older blind specialist at the OIB-TAC. More information and a link to register are available here for Mastering the Art of Group Instruction.