The Idea for the Vision Rehab Roadshow
It was a warm fall day when I emailed Dr. Boulet about the prospect of presenting in Canada. It was 70 degrees down in Florida but the temperature in Calgary was considerably lower. It warmed up quickly with the idea of a conference presented by an occupational therapist and an optometrist that focused not on marketing points or theoretical rhetoric but instead was full of information and activities that would give a therapist or teacher usable, accessible ideas and insight to help get the most from their patients and students. The Vision Rehab Roadshow was born.
Who is Dr. Charles Boulet?
If you have been to my course, you heard me describe him as “as cool as you can be and still be an optometrist”. He ruffles feathers in a good way. He has fought for the children of Alberta to establish a standardized visual assessment to improve school performance. He is an advocate for the power of vision and a critic of exaggerated claims. His second and third books are in the works. I have had a peek at “Vision Blindness“, his soon to be published second book and it will be a game-changer for all of us wanting to understand the visual system.
From his biography at VRROnline.com:
“Dr. Boulet’s professional training includes degrees in neural science, education, and developmental optometry. Beginning his career in the classroom, he taught sciences at the Jr. and Sr. High levels, and pioneered use of computer technology in Alberta schools. He was also involved in curriculum development, creation and assessment of Provincial (diploma) exams. He went on to pursue a career in IT/tech before returning to doctoral studies. His presentations are engaging, relevant, and full of energy.”
The VRR was attended by neuro and pediatric OTs from throughout the Alberta area and…Bermuda!!! The feedback was amazing as the event turned out just as we imagined it.
VRR is now online!
The entire two Vision Rehab Roadshow was videotaped and now is available for you to purchase! From Dr. B’s amazing lens demonstration to Robert explaining how to capture the functional problems associated with visual diagnoses, the whole program is available now. That was just day one. Day two was seven hours of activities to improve ocular motor and visual skills using common therapy equipment. Theres loads of printables too. Check out the whole thing here.