Reflections on NCSAB and VSA Conferences

Sylvia Perez speaking at conference table discussion

Sylvia Perez, OIB-TAC Project Director, attended both the National Council of the State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) and Vision Serve Alliance (VSA) Conference. Perez felt that both conferences were focused on “ensuring that people of all ages who are visually impaired can reach their maximum potential.” While in attendance, she discussed the importance of comprehensive services, adjustment to blindness counseling, and training for assistive technology.

The NCSAB Conference, October 30 – November 1, was focused on addressing the challenges that state directors and administrators of blind services face. Bill Tomlin, Project Manager, believed that the conference was especially valuable because it provided an “opportunity to discuss the work of the NRTC and OIB-TAC with people who have the authority to make changes nationwide”

The VSA Conference, November 3-6, had an open discussion format that fostered greater participant involvement on topics that impact the future of blindness and low vision. This innovative format called Open Space Technology allowed the participants to facilitate various discussions on emerging challenges in employment, senior support, and veteran care. Perez enjoyed the opportunity to emphasize the need to provide quality support. She hopes that the discussions at both conferences inspire those in attendance to create “meaningful change in the face of limited financial and human resources.”