Mary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, associate professor of Occupational Therapy and director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected by a panel of her peers to receive Envision’s “Excellence in Education” Award for 2012. Warren was also the keynote speaker at the conference in St. Louis, Mo., a first for an occupational therapist.
The Envision “Excellence in Education” is a distinguished peer award presented to the individual(s) or organization that has demonstrated outstanding research outcome, program, career or effort in low vision research with national or international impact for people who are blind or low vision
“Mary is a pioneer in the field of vision rehabilitation among occupational therapists,” said Dawn DeCarlo, O.D. and associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB. “Her efforts have significantly affected the field, and have contributed greatly to the movement of vision rehabilitation into the medical model. Besides being a gifted educator, she is also an amazing therapist who has helped many of my patients achieve or maintain the independence and high quality of life they desire and deserve despite their vision loss.”
Warren was previously director of Occupational Therapy for the Visual Independence Program, one of the first outpatient programs to receive Medicare reimbursement for low vision rehabilitation services. She is the editor of the Self Paced Clinical Study Low Vision Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult published by the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2000 and authored the Occupational Therapy Guidelines for Adults with Low Vision for AOTA. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and she has contributed chapters to several rehabilitation textbooks. She is the chair of the AOTASB panel developing low vision certification of OTs.
The Envision Conference provides a unique opportunity for optometrists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists, licensed visual therapists, nurses, vision researchers and other low vision rehabilitation professionals from across the country, to earn valuable CE credits, meet with industry representatives to review new developments and technologies, access new products and services and network with colleagues.