On Wednesday, September 19, Going Blind screened on Capitol Hill to a packed audience of legislators, Hill and agency staffers, and veterans’ representatives. Senator John Boozman from Arkansas, an optometrist and low-vision specialist, gave a special introduction to the event. The event was standing room only! The crowd sat through a 45 minute condensed version of the film and then a 60 minute panel and discussion.
Special thanks to Jeff Todd of Prevent Blindness America for providing welcoming remarks and to all of our panelists: Steve Baskis, Jessica Jones, Dr. Robert Murphy, Dr. Suleiman Alibhai, Chris Danielsen and Kim Hutchinson.
A live twitter feed of the event was provided courtesy of Maureen Duffy and is available at: twitter.com/goingblindmovie
This event was made possible with help from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Blinded Veterans Association and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.
Additional thanks to: the National Eye Institute; the office of Senator John Boozman; Jeremy Scott; Prevent Blindness America and; the House of Representatives, Vision Caucus Co-Chairs: Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Phil Gingrey, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Rep. David Price.