Evaluation Report 4: December 2012 – December 2014

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS in Phase Four of Outreach: December 2012 – December 2014

    • Going Blind was broadcast over 1000 times on public television stations across the country reaching over 80% of the US. NETA, our distributor, has the right to broadcast through November 2015
    • For World Sight Month October 2014, Going Blind launched on Netflix, enabling a wider audience in the United States and Canada to have access to the film. In their most recent report, Netflix reported 50 million subscribers. An audio described version will be available on the service as well in January 2015.
    • We made Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark about Vision Loss available for screenings at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India when they approached after hearing about the film at an international conference
    • Over 100 Outreach Partner organizations came on board to support the public television broadcast initiative with many hosting screenings at the same time as the broadcast to increase awareness raising.
    • Speaking engagements for Joseph Lovett continued through 2014 and included invitations to World Ophthalmology Conference in Tokyo, the World Glaucoma Conference in Vancouver and an international conference sponsored by the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Toronto , where he was the only speaker giving the patient perspective to an audience of distinguished clinicians and researchers.
    • After the keynote address at the annual meeting of JCAHPO, the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, their executive leadership engaged me in discussions about how their membership could help fill some of the gaps – Those discussions led to a three session webinar entitled Going Blind and Going Forward: Pearls and Resources for the Eye Care Team on low vision therapy which included one session led by an ophthalmologist, one led by me, and one led by Pris Rogers of the AFB in Dallas, Texas. Over 500 techs from around the country signed in see how they could be more helpful to their patients.
    • The educational use DVD has been licensed to over 245 organizations around the world including blind service organizations, Veterans Affairs, medical institutions, schools, libraries and other institutions.
    • The film has been used in educational curricula in 5 programs. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports they’ve used it in 28 academic departments throughout Canada and the United States.
    • The Outreach continues to connect individuals and organizations together, fostering interdisciplinary relationships within the blind and visually impaired community

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