Cantrice Moffitt, Rehabilitation Training and Outreach Specialist, represented the NRTC at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2021 Conference Expo on November 13-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The expo provided an interactive experience allowing ophthalmologists, vendors in the field of vision, and others to connect and learn more about new vision innovations, current ophthalmologic research, and products.
Moffit shared information about the NRTC’s research, training, and technical assistance activities. One resource she shared was a brochure that provides information for individuals with newly acquired vision loss about the services available to support them in maintaining or obtaining a job. The brochure, You Can Work with Blindness or Low Vision, can be a great resource at medical offices for individuals in the initial stages of vision loss. For more information about the brochure, please visit our Resources for Professionals page.
Attending conferences like AAO provides the opportunity for the NRTC to increase the visibility of our research and resources. The expo allowed professionals to become more aware of employment possibilities for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Moffitt spoke to over 300 professionals at the conference, many of whom shared their appreciation for a center like the NRTC attending the conference. They noted that they had not considered employment factors for their patients. With the knowledge they left with, Moffit said many were “excited to share these resources with patients in the early stages of diagnosis.”