MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS in Phase Two of Outreach: February 2011 – October 2011
- The Resident Education in Vision Rehabilitation program by the AAO initiated during phase one became a part of comprehensive vision rehabilitation curriculum as a way to educate ophthalmology residents all across the globe with the addition of online lectures.
- Speaking engagements by Joe Lovett enhance and facilitate discussion around the issues raised by the film. Most notably at the 2011 World Glaucoma Congress in Paris, AER Regional Conference in Boston, the Global Health Innovation Conference at Yale University, and the University of Houston, College of Optometry
- The National Educational Telecommunications Association (“NETA”) acquired Going Blind to distribute the film free of charge to all 35o public television stations in the United States in October 2012 for World Sight Day. NETA believes we can reach up to 150,000,000 Americans with this broadcast.
- Going Blind made its Canadian Broadcast Premiere on the Accessible Channel on June 9 and 10, 2011. Accessible Media and the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) jointly acquired the broadcast and non-exclusive educational rights of the film for Canada.
- Going Blind became available for individual use via downloading & streaming on Amazon. Audio description is available.
- In July 2011 we revamped the website for Going Blind to encompass both the scope of the documentary and the breadth of our ongoing outreach. Additions to the website include up to date blogs on current events, lists of all screenings, speaking engagements and downloadable PDFs of toolkit and evaluation report.
- In addition to the website, Going Blind has an active social networking outreach component with 600+ Twitter followers and 400+ Likes on our Facebook page.
- The Outreach Toolkit continues to make a difference with over 110 screenings worldwide and 150 educational use purchases.
- Going Blind is now fully equipped with audio description to benefit the blind and visually impaired. Our DVD menu also divides the film into chapters making it easier to use in educational settings. The DVD also contains English and Spanish subtitles. German and French translations will soon be available.