Barry Kran is a tenured Professor of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry in Boston. He lectures in several courses, and has over 20 years of experience of working with individuals with visual and other impairments as the Optometric Director at the NECO Center for Eye Care at Perkins. His research has been focused on improving the care of individuals with visual and other impairments and making such care more assessible to the greater eye care community. Further, he has written and lectured extensively on individuals with brain based visual impairment and in particular those with cerebral visual impairments (CVI).
After graduating and then completing a residency program in vision therapy from the SUNY State College of Optometry, his professional experiences over the past 35 years, have also included many years in private practice as well as shorter period of time seeing patients in a pediatric tertiary care eye center.
Dr. Kran has received state, regional and national recognition for his work in improving access to appropriate eye care for children and adults with multiple disabilities.
Kevin McCormack earned his certificate as an orientation and mobility specialist from SFA in 2005. He began working as an O&M specialist at Lions World. He then spent nine years teaching O&M at ASBVI. He served on the Arkansas AER board for two years during that time. He was also the chair of AER’s Global Issues division from 2016 to 2020. In 2015 he then went to the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed his PhD in 2019.
Ting is a Teacher of Blind and Low Vision Students (TVI) and coordinates the Program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University. She has worked with students of all ages with visual impairments and additional disabilities including deafblindness. Her research focuses on enhancing TVIs’ proficiency with access technology, social media for ongoing professional development, and innovations in multimedia accessibility. Ting’s mission is to align technology initiatives with universal design in order to empower learners for equitable access to information. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @TVI_ting (www.tplus.education)
Darick Wright is a certified Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialist and certified Low Vision Therapist and coordinates the O&M tracks of the Vision Studies program at UMass Boston. Mr. Wright is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation and the New England College of Optometry, O&M Consultant for Schepen’s Eye Research Institute, Boston.
He has been with UMass-Boston part-time since 1996 and joined the staff full-time in 2016. Prior to this, he was the Coordinator of the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins from 1997-2016 and has held faculty positions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as Session Instructor for the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Mr. Wright has built a long 33 + career as an O&M/Low Vision specialist and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally on topics relating to visual impairment.