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Going Blind Licensed by College Television network Peralta TV

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College television network Peralta TV has obtained screening rights to showcase Going Blind to students, teachers and community members. The Peralta network is made up of four colleges – College of Alameda, Laney College & Merritt College in Oakland and Berkeley City College, providing classes to more then 60,000 local and international students every year. The channel can be accessed on cable channel 27 in Alameda and Berkeley, and on cable channel 28 in Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont and on Alameda Power & Telecom cable in Alameda and is also on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

For program scheduling, click here, and keep the Going Blind Facebook page for announcements on when it will air. If your college television station would like to know more about airing Going Blind, contact mike@Lovettproductions.com.

JCAHPO Webinar Series Now Online!

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In late 2013, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel (JCAHPO) hosted a webinar series on the Going Blind and Going Forward Outreach Campaign called “Going Blind and Going Forward: Pearls and Resources for the Eye Care Team.” The series included three webinars on blind and low vision rehabilitation tools and resources. Joe presented in Part 2, Going Blind and Going Forward: A Patient’s Perspective on Vision Loss, his session brought in over 500 attendees.

JCAHPO and the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation have now made these courses available to the general public as free resources! Click the link below to be taken to the entire 3 part webinar series and a “Focus on the Patient” guidebook, provided by Stuart Carduner at Lovett Stories and Strategies.

Going Blind and Going Forward

JCAHPO’s membership is comprised of ophthalmic allied health personnel including assistants, technicians, and medical technologists. At their 2012 annual convention, Joe provided the keynote address to a sold out audience of over 600 attendees. Since then we have developed a relationship with the organization, which is eager to train their members in patient education and empowerment.

New York State House Screening: The First Of Many

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On Tuesday April 30th Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark About Vision Loss premiered at the New York State House in Albany in room 104A of the Legislative Office Building to a room full of legislators, health professionals, advocates and staff. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Healthco-hosted the event. First the audience mingled at a reception for the event and met with Joe Lovett, director of the film, and Julie Gayin, Outreach Coordinator, where they could learn more about the outreach for Going Blind and the work that has been done so far. Next Joe Lovett and Assemblyman Gottfried gave special introductions for the opening remarks.

After the audience witnessed an abridged screening of Going Blind, an expert panel discussed the film and the politics of vision care, and fielded audience questions. The panel consisted of:

Joseph Lovett: Director of Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark About Vision Loss

Pat Williams: Program Support Assistant at the NY Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and a character in Going Blind

John Farina: Assistive Technology Instructor

Leah Pagnozzi: Graduate Student and Researcher, Cornell University, Biomedical Engineering Department

Dr. Albert Morier: M.A., O.D.

Dr. Paul Beer: MD, of Retina Consultants

A live Twitter feed of the event was provided by Raul Lovett and Julie Gaynin and can be viewed at https://twitter.com/GoingBlindMovie under the date April 30

For more photographs of the event please visit the Going Blind Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GoingBlindMovie/photos_stream

A special thanks goes out to: The offices of Richard Gottfried and Kemp Hannon, and all of our panelists.

Additional thanks to: Reader’s Digest Partner’s for Sight Foundation, Pfizer Ophthalmics, Allergan Foundation, National Eye Institute, Gibney Family Foundation, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, Bloomberg Foundation. The Frank DeCoizart Charitable Trust, The Rudin Family Foundations, The Olcott Family Foundation, American Council of the Blind of New York, Linda Dawes, Ed Harris, Chris Burke, and Nancy Miller.