with one of the music icons of his time, word of our valuable event will spread amongst the seniors across America
Placentia, CA (PRWEB) May 17, 2005
OcuSource.com, the vision impairment industry portal, announced motivational speaker Jim Stovall will present the keynote presentation, and singing sensation Pat Boone will provide entertainment on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm central time. The opening ceremonies will be held via web-conference at http://www.ocusource.com.
"We hoped to make the opening of the expo an evening to remember. Who could be better than one of today's greatest blind entrepreneurs coupled with one of the world's best known names in entertainment? We're simply delighted to bring two such spectacular individuals to our event," stated Dr. Lou Lipschultz, CEO of OcuSource. "OcuSource provides information to a significant number of seniors and their caregivers due to the very large number of individuals with macular degeneration and other sight-threatening disorders. We hope that the combination of experiencing Jim Stovall's success as a blind individual, and the fun of visiting "live" with one of the music icons of his time, word of our valuable event will spread amongst the seniors across America," stated Lipschultz.
Jim Stovall is one of the most influential blind individuals of our time. An accomplished speaker, Jim has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, author, and entrepreneur. He is Co-founder and President of the Narrative Television Network (NTN), which makes movies and television accessible for our nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families. Although originally designed for the blind and visually impaired, over 60% of NTN's nationwide audience is made up of fully-sighted people who simply enjoy the programming. NTN has grown to include over 1,200 cable systems and broadcast stations, reaching over 35 million homes in the United States, and NTN is shown in 11 foreign countries.
With over 45 million units sold and 38 top-40 hits, Pat Boone is recognized by Billboard Magazine as the #10 rock recording artist in history, placing higher on that impressive chart than either Madonna or Billy Joel. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed him 'Winner of the Week' in 2003 as Pat Boone incredibly landed his 61st hit on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart from his American Glory album. Pat also has enjoyed a successful movie career with memorable credits including "State Fair" and "April Love".
OcuSource created the virtual conference so that those individuals involved with vision loss can share in the excellent resources found at major industry conferences. The online "conference center" has easy-to-navigate "presentation halls" and "exhibit halls" which allow the visitor to find his or her way to the topic of interest. Presentations are completed in tcConference web-conference rooms, which are supplied by OcuSource's venture partner Talking Communities. Presentation topics include macular degeneration, living with vision loss, employment, education of the visually impaired, and presentations for vision care professionals. Exhibit halls are filled with "booths" staffed by manufacturers, vendors, agencies, organizations, and other entities eager to share information about their services and products.
Visitors who are unable to attend the live portion of the conference can still experience all the benefits through archived streaming videos of the presentations available for 14 days after the close of the live portion of the event. Any time, day or night, from around the world, visitors can view the information from each of these exhibitors, request information, and in some instances, enter a voice-chat room and ask questions of the representative.
"Our greatest challenge is spreading the word to the seniors of North America," stated Lipschultz. "We're hoping for distribution throughout the network of senior-oriented websites and organizations." The expo is now accepting applications for exhibitors, presentations, and sponsors, all of which are available online at http://www.ocusource.com/expo/expo.cfm.
California based OcuSource.com, LLC is the owner and operator of http://www.ocusource.com, an internet portal dedicated to assisting the low vision and blindness industry with essential online resources. OcuSourceÂs mission is to enhance access to products, information, and services to individuals with vision impairment, as well as the professionals who assist them, through a set of integrated web-based resources. OcuSource provides vision impairment-specific resources such as auctions of adaptive products and accessories, search tools to find local and national resources like doctors and agencies, as well as other tools useful to eye care and rehabilitation professionals. The privately held company was founded in 2003, and is headquartered in Placentia, California.
About Talking Communities
Michigan based Talking Communities (http://www.talkingcommunities.com) creates interactive synchronous web conferencing tools which provide customers numerous capabilities in both their business and personal lives at a very affordable rate. Live voice-over-internet conference rooms are suitable for public or private business meetings, employee training and support, family get-togethers, educational purposes, public and private interactive events, live broadcasts, and web presentations. The company entered the market with its Audio Tips resource located at http://www.audio-tips.com. Audio-Tips is a family-oriented voice-chat community open to anyone seeking friends, support, fun, and learning.