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7/16/24 - SIS Virtual Event - Perspectives in Aging Community of Practice Meeting
Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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7/16/24 - SIS Virtual Event - Perspectives in Aging Community of Practice Meeting

Members - FREE

Non-Members - $20


Virtual Meeting 7:00 pm 

Please note - These sessions are not recorded for future viewing.



Number of Contact Hours: 1.0


Facilitator and Speaker:  

Speaker: Michele Tarantino OTD, MPH, OTR/L, CLVT

Facilitator:  Susanne Giannitti OTR/L 


Bio/Background of the Speakers:

ConnOTA community of practice-perspectives in aging members are OT practitioners who work with older adults, have worked with older adults, or who are seeking to work with this population. Areas of practice include but are not limited to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, home care, ALF, ILF, Adult Day Care, Senior Centers, as well as students, retirees, and those who teach older adult OT content. Members bring their expertise and skill set as well as questions and a strong desire to use social learning theory to learn, share, and pool resources and knowledge.

Mastery of group objectives is orally assessed.

Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:

By the end of the session, participants should achieve an understanding of:

  1. The lack of knowledge that people with low vision as well as their eye care providers have regarding low vision services in CT.
  2. The findings of a research project that include how long and why it took so long to be referred for interventions.
  3. A new website to meet the need of educating people with low vision, family/caregivers and providers about available resources in CT.


Summary of Event:

Title:  Low Vision Services in CT…Is it the best Kept Secret?

Many people living with vision loss are told by their eye doctor that “there is nothing more that can be done”, leaving them feeling loss and hopelessness.  There are some solutions and resources in Connecticut, but it appears that providers and patients alike are unaware of what is available. This presentation will share the findings of the research including why those living with vision-loss abandon their magnifiers, who the doctor’s offices refer to, and client understanding of CT resources as well as how long it took to be referred.  The determination was that some type of intervention must be implemented to educate everyone in Connecticut about low vision resources. A new website was created to meet the need of educating people with low vision, family/caregivers, and providers about available resources in Connecticut. Results from Sarah Hannon’s capstone was put together on the InvoLV CT website to help guide those with vision-needs.  The website and resources will be discussed with the participants as well as plans for future intervention.


This event is sponsored by Connecticut occupational therapy practitioners. ConnOTA is supporting this event by overseeing the award of CEUs for registered participants.