Kathi Wolfe’s recent essay in The New York Times, “A Smirk, a Smile, a Clenched Fist: What the Movies Taught Me to See,” identifies very clearly how a person living with low vision learns about images and eventually incorporates them into their lived experiences. Interestingly, she relates how for a person with low vision viewing something in the movies is a more powerful learning opportunity than experiencing it in real life. Living with low vision, I often must imagine the small details presented visually, since I cannot see details that fully sighted people might take for granted. Each subtle gesture,…
Join us in honoring David Yates as our 2023 Person of Vision, and celebrating the life-changing work of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Person of Vision Award annually honors a Florida visionary who has had a profound impact on the community, region, state or world.
Thursday, March 2
6-7 p.m. | Reception
7-9 p.m. | Dinner and Awards Program
CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM
David Yates was CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) from 2006 – 2020, where he Co-Produced Dolphin Tale and Executive Produced Dolphin Tale 2.
Each year in February, Preserve Vision Florida observes Low Vision Awareness Month to increase knowledge about low vision and the vision rehabilitation services that benefit individuals with vision loss. The National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that “Low Vision Awareness Month is a great time to spread the word about vision rehabilitation – and make sure that people with vision impairment know about the services available…” Vision rehabilitation includes a wide range of services that can help people with vision loss make the best use of the eyesight they have to maintain their independence….
“I was shocked that Skylar had a vision issue. We may not have known for quite some time that our daughter needed special eye care, let alone glasses. I work with children every day and had no idea! We will always be grateful to Preserve Vision Florida for this screening.” —Jennifer Dunn, Center Director, Childcare of Brandon Town Center