OcuSource Announces Online Conference for Macular Degeneration: Brings Presentations, Services & Products Directly to Attendee’s Desktops

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OcuSource.com announces the AMD Awareness Conference to be held, September 22-24 of 2005. The all online event provides attendees information and resources for age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.

OcuSource.com, the vision impairment industry portal, announces AMD Awareness Conference. The conference is dedicated to a common vision disorder in seniors called age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. Through the integration of a web-conferencing utility called tcConference, visitors to this online event can participate in interactive online presentations, visit exhibitors "booths," and even attend nightly entertainment. The conference is scheduled for September 22-24, 2005, and is found at http://www.ocusource.com.

"The AMD Awareness Conference provides consumers who have macular degeneration, as well as their caregivers, a feature rich, interactive event which allows them to learn, meet others, and obtain resources available to them, right from the comfort of their computers," states Dr. Lou Lipschultz, CEO of OcuSource.com. "The number of individuals developing AMD is estimated to double in the next 15 years, which means there is a tremendous need for consumer education, as well as resources for the professionals who care for them. Although local conferences may be available, getting to 'physical location' events can be challenging," states Lipschultz, a low vision specialist and former executive of one of the manufacturers of technology for the visually impaired. "OcuSource is now bringing conference to the attendee, rather than the attendee having to go to the conference, and doing it all through an accessible, interactive online venue."

The "conference center" has easy-to-navigate "presentation halls" and "exhibit halls" allowing the visitor to find his or her way to the topic of interest. Attendees can review the schedule of presentations, listen and view presentations by experts, doctors, researchers and rehabilitation specialists. Topics include information on the disease, current and future treatments, living with AMD, driving, nutrition and more. There is also a separate area for continuing education for professionals. There is also an integrated search tool allowing consumers to find vision care professionals near to their homes who provide low vision and retinal care.

Exhibit halls are filled with "booths" staffed by vendors, agencies, organizations, manufacturers, and other entities eager to share information about their services and products. Each booth has its own online voice-chat and presentation room called tcConference, supplied by Talking Communities, a web-conferencing solutions provider. Exhibitors are free to schedule presentations within their booths regarding their services or 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. We’re hoping for distribution throughout the network of senior-oriented websites, as well as from the many senior organizations. The expo is now accepting applications for exhibitors, presentations, and sponsors, all of which are available online at http://www.ocusource.com.

About OcuSource

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. OcuSource’s 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.

Contact information:

Louis Lipschultz, OD

President & CEO – OcuSource.com, LLC

Website: http://www.ocusource.com
Phone: 888-299-6657 ext 701    Contact information:

George Buys

President & CEO – Talking Communities

Website: http://www.talkingcommunities.com
Phone: (810)667-3043

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