(PRWEB) June 1, 2005
OcuSource.com, the vision impairment industry portal, announced today that Narrative Television Networks (NTN), founded by blind entrepreneur Jim Stovall, will supply pre and post event entertainment to the OcuSource Expo. The expo is a virtual conference providing information on services and products for consumers who are blind or have low vision, as well as the service providers within the industry. The expo begins June 8th and is located at http://www.ocusource.com.
ÂWeÂre delighted to supply the online entertainment to such a wonderful event,Â stated Stovall, ÂWeÂre collaborating with the OcuSource team to provide a unique and entertaining online experience for the visitors to the Expo,Â Stovall affirmed. StovallÂs career history could easily be a good topic for a movie: 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. 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.
ÂThose of us who attend Âphysical locationÂ conferences know that there is usually some form of entertainment in the evenings after a busy day of conventioning is over,Â described Dr. Lou Lipschultz, founder and CEO of the OcuSource.com portal for the blindness industry. ÂThanks to JimÂs generosity, and some fancy footwork by our development team, now weÂre able to even bring the entertainment directly to the homes of the attendees via the internet,Â stated Lipschultz.
Lipschultz created the virtual conference so that those individuals involved with vision loss can share in the resources found at major industry conferences. The online Âconference centerÂ has easy-to-navigate Âpresentation hallsÂ and Âexhibit hallsÂ 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 OcuSourceÂs 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 ÂboothsÂ 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.
The Expo is now open for pre-registration at http://www.ocusource.com .
About Narrative Television Networks (NTN)
One day while listening to a video of one of his favorite classic movies, Stovall became frustrated when he could not follow the story by only hearing the dialogue and sound effects. He realized that as a blind person there were many visual elements of the story that he missed, and he thought if he was frustrated by it, maybe other visually impaired individuals were as well. Jim and a colleague began to develop a plan to make programs accessible to visually impaired people by adding the voice of a narrator describing the visual elements of the story. The rest is history. NTN has become one of the fastest-growing networks ever. It has over 1,200 broadcast and cable affiliates, reaching 25 million homes in the U. S., and NTN is shown in eleven foreign countries. NTN has received national and international publicity, including features in The Wall Street Journal, "TV Guide," "Time Magazine," Variety," "WomanÂs Day," and scores of other publications. NTN has been highlighted on CNN, "Good Morning America," and many other national TV and radio shows.
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.
Louis Lipschultz, OD
President & CEO Â OcuSource.com, LLC
Phone: 888-299-6657 ext 701
President - Narrative Television Network
Phone: (918) 627-1000
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