** UPDATED November 3, 2016

Friday, November 4th, 2016 (Day 1)
Location: North Creek Events Center - NCEC

1:00   Registration
1:30 – 2:30   Welcome and Conference Introduction

Bill Erdly, PhD, School of STEM, Children’s Vision Research Group, UW Bothell

Alan Pearson, OD, MEd, PhD, FCOVD, Vision Clinics of Development and Learning

“Systemic Challenges for Near Vision Screening in Washington State”

2:30 – 5:00   Developments in Vision Technology

Short Talks featuring new tools for near-vision screening, community communications and networking, and meeting the training challenges for implementation of the near-vision screening mandate (see Senate Bill 6245, Chapter 219, Laws of 2016, State of Washington)

UWB Vision Research Group: Moderated by Dr. Bill Erdly

Huaming Chen (MS CSSE)

“The Near Vision Toolbox”

Haohan Chao (BS CSSE)

“Educating Young Eyes – Games for Vision”

Nicolas Koudsieh (BS CSSE)/Introduction by Katie Johnson

“Creating the Red Flags Application: Android Version”

Bonnie Yip (BS CSSE)

“Web Application Development for EYE”

Jia Wang (MS CSSE)

“The EYE Shared Database”

Dr. Sohini Roy Chowdhury (Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering)

“Advances in Hardware Independent Technologies for Vision and Health Assessment”

Dr. Alan Pearson OD, MEd, PhD, FCOVD

“Tutorials and Toolboxes: A System for Education and Action”

6:00 – 7:00   Registration (Evening Session)

Social hour, snacks will be served



Professor Bill Erdly, UWB School of STEM

"Engaging the Community to Eliminate Gaps."

Erin Jones, MA, PhD, Director, AVID Program
Tacoma Public Schools
Candidate for Superintendent of
Public Instruction, Washington

Questions and Discussion – Conference Goals (All)

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 (Day 2)
Location: Discovery Hall, Room 061

8:30   Registration – Coffee and doughnuts provided
9:00   Welcome & Agenda Review

Bill Erdly, PhD

9:15   Why focus on children’s visionissues

Katie Johnson, retired Shoreline teacher, author of Red Flags for Elementary Teachers

Video -- “A story from Canada”

9:45   KEYNOTE: Maureen Powers, PhD, FCOVD

“It’s a No-Brainer: Why is Vision Screening Still an Issue?”

10:30 - 10:45   Break -- Coffee provided
10:45   Washington Lessons So Far: Presentation of WA studies

This session features a series of topics and exemplars of near vision issues and approaches for assessment and implementation of the new near-vision testing mandate in the State of Washington

LaSalle High School, Yakima Ben Winters, OD, FCOVD
Juvenile offenders, Renton Lawrence Jones, OD
AMERICORPS program, Yakima Helen Spencer, JD
Non-readers in Union Gap Robert McLaughlin, MA, EdD

12:15   Lunch(provided) and exhibits: (Discovery Hall Mezzanine - upstairs from Room 061)

- Various video screenings featuring: (Discovery Hall, Rooms 061, 162 and 252)

1) Gary Orfield, PhD, Distinguished Professor, UCLA (Room 252)
2) Impact of near-vision issues in underserved communities (Room 061)
3) Perspectives from the optometry community (Room 252)

- Books and handouts
- Activities for students from Red Flags for Elementary Teachers
- Demos of assessment tools

1:15   Panel Presentation: Becoming the Change: Where we are going?


Catherine Hardison, JD, PhD

Panelists: Patsy Whitefoot, ATNI; Mike Sekaquaptewa, Artist; Judge Donald Haley (retired); Justice Debra Stephens; Larry Jones, OD, Renton; Stephanie Johnson-Brown, OD, Chicago

2:30   Creating a Center for Children’s Vision, Learning and Technology

Bill Erdly, PhD and Alan Pearson, OD, MEd, PhD, FCOVD

Where we are; current activities, outreach efforts, potential vision

3:00   “Some Parting Thoughts”

Stephanie Johnson-Brown, OD

Katie Johnson, retired Shoreline teacher, author of Red Flags for Elementary Teachers

3:30   Conference Close & Evaluations

Note: Education clock hour forms will be signed at this time. CE credit certificates will be also provided. These will be located at the registration desk (in the Discovery 061 foyer).

3:45 - 4:45   Post Conference Discussion Session

Insurance Coverage Issues Related to the Treatment of Near-vision related dysfunctions – (Discovery Hall, Room 162) Open to all conference attendees.

Questions: Please contact Bill Erdly, Ph.D.