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Pamela DelMedico, Public Relations Manager
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CABVI to host Low Vision Expo

Utica, NY – The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) will host a low vision expo Saturday, May 21 from 10am - 2pm at CABVI Headquarters 507 Kent Street, Utica. This free event is open to the public and will have two speakers:

·        11 am - Joseph Gale, M.D. of Mohawk Valley Retina: Age Related Macular Degeneration.

·        1 pm - Aaron Sheppard, Ph.D. Medical Science Liaison for Vanda Pharmaceuticals: Non-24 Circadian Rhythm Disorder.

Dr. Gale graduated from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1992, He completed medical school at the Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY he completed specialty training in Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk, VA where he served as Chief Resident and received the award for the Best Presentation at the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology.

He practiced for four years as a successful surgeon in a busy vitreoretinal practice in Burlington, VT. After returning to New York State he was named Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of CABVI in 2005.

Dr. Sheppard is responsible for developing and maintaining key opinion leader (KOL) and External Expert relationships, supporting local patient organizations, delivering clinical presentations and supporting medical education initiatives for Vanda Pharmaceuticals.  His current area of focus includes education of Non-24 and its treatment.

He earned his doctorate in biological sciences from the State University of New York at Albany in 2013.

His current areas of focus include disease state education of Non-24 and its first and only FDA-approved treatment, Hetlioz, and Fanapt, an antipsychotic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. His territory encompasses the North-eastern United States.

There is no need to pre-register for this event; we will be proving light refreshments throughout the course of the day. There will be different vendor booths and other informational outlets for you to observe and learn from. These booths range from organizations that provide services for those who are blind or visually impaired to different organizations that can help you or a loved one.

Vendors include but are not limited to: Herkimer County Office for the aging, Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, YWCA, Oneida County for the Aging, Lutheran Care-Helping Hands, Mid-York Library, Parkway Center, CABVI Sight Shoppe, and American Heart Association.

For more information on the event you can call 315-797-2233 and ask for Pam DelMedico or Mary Fletcher. CABVI is located at 507 Kent Street, Utica, NY 13501.


Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,500 people who are blind or visually impaired in an eight county area of upstate New York (Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego Counties). CABVI offers low vision examinations vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports and social work.

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