Lets Talk Low Vision

Each month, the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) provides a forum addressing topics of interest to people with low vision titled "Let's Talk Low Vision". We are fortunate to have Dr. Bill Takeshita as the moderator and master of ceremonies for these presentations. The presentations occur the third Tuesday of each month and start at 5:30pm (Pacific), 8:30pm (Eastern). To be part of the conversation, please call: (712) 432 - 3447 enter code: 145330.
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**Topics and Speakers are subject to change with little to no notice. **


Tuesday, January 16

Trends in Transportation: Learn from guest presenter, Ron Brooks, on tips, trends and emerging information on accessing transit information from the local, national and global level. Information from paratransit to public and private means of transport will be discussed as it pertains to persons with low vision.


Feb 20

Networking with Low Vision: Hear from the experts on do's and don’ts when cultivating personal, professional and social networks. Richard Rueda and Leslie Spoone will discuss best practices and share personal experiences on the art of networking and kindling relationships at all levels.


Tuesday, March 20

Update & Advancements for treatment of macular degeneration & other common eye diseases: Join hosts Dr. Bill Takeshita as he discusses advancements and trends on common eye diseases including Macular Degeneration.  Guests will be able to ask questions of Dr. Bill during the last 15 minutes of the conference.


April 17

Vicki Parker discusses resources & Support Groups for people with Low Vision. This session will discuss best practices when there is a need or desire to establish a peer led low vision support group.  The session will also include common and reputable resources that can be shared and referenced during support group meetings.


May 15

The ABC’s of CCLVI!

Dr. Bill interviews Leslie Spoone, Allen Casey, Jim Jirak, Sara Conrad and Bianca Knight who will discuss everything you wanted to know about CCLVI and haven’t had time to ask.  Learn about CCLVI’s various scholarship programs, membership benefits, advocacy and convention highlights for the upcoming convention in St. Louis in July 2018.


Tuesday, June 19

Clinical trials & Low Vision: DO the risks outweigh benefits? Dr. Bill Takeshita shares with audience members both pros and cons of determining if participation in such trials are to one’s benefit. Knowing what questions to ask and what risks may be incurred will also be discussed.


July 17

From High Tech to Low Tech, learn about the world of opportunities as Dr. Bill Takeshita and guest presenter Julian Vargas provide an overview of technology available to persons with low vision that has stood the test of time. Additionally, an overview of emerging tools from the portable to the stationary will be covered.


Tuesday, August 21

Emerging Treatments for Glaucoma & Diabetic Retinopathy: Dr. Bill will provide an overview on trends in medical treatments for both Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy.  Time for questions will round out the last 15 minutes of this one-hour session.


September 18

Traveling with Low Vision. From everyday domestic travel to planning that special once in a lifetime getaway, Dr. Bill will interview Dan Smith and Cathy Schmitt-Whitaker who will share their finest travel hacks.


Tuesday, October 16
Lighting and Eye Protection: Audience members will hear from Dr. Bill on ways to protect eyes from ultraviolet radiation and blue light. Dr. Bill will also share tips on best ways to maximize lighting in the home and at the office.


November 20

Apps for low vision:

Dr. Bill and guest presenter Christine Chaikin   will discuss notable apps that are low vision friendly, including the successful Seeing AI app, apps that maximize productivity around the home and at work.


December 18.

Festive & Fun with Low Vision:

The holidays are among us and whether it is hosting, planning or attending a family or work gathering, DR. Bill and guest presenters Patti Cox and Carla Ruschival from ACB’s mini mall have ideas and suggestions on minimizing stress, anxiety throughout the holiday season and well into the New Year. Topics on recreation, leisure and navigating the holiday with newfound insight will round out the conference call.