2021 Conference

Community Outreach: Time To Be Bold Campaign Successes, Tools, and Future Plans

Session Date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CDT

The IL OIB-TAC launched the TimeToBeBold.org public service announcement campaign in April 2021. In this session, attendees will hear about the reach and success of the PSA campaign, tools available for continued use, and strategies for moving forward and capitalizing on TimeToBeBold. IL OIB-TAC team members and agencies who have successfully used campaign materials will share information and ideas.

Sylvia Stinson-Perez

Sylvia Perez

Sylvia Stinson-Perez is the Director of the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) and the Vision Specialist graduate certificate program at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University. She has over 20 years in the field of blindness. Prior to joining the NRTC in 2019, she was the Executive Director/CEO of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in New Port Richey, Florida, from 2008 to 2018. Sylvia earned Master’s degrees in Social Work and Visual Disabilities Rehabilitation from Florida State University, and in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist through ACVREP.

Simon Marcy


Simon Marcy is the Web Designer for the NRTC. He has a master’s degree in Modern American History from Mississippi State University. His graduate degree established skills in course building and data management. Before being employed with the NRTC, he worked for three years as a web designer and assistant supervisor for a multi-million dollar online retail company. He provides maintenance of the NRTC’s three websites and serves as an editor for accessibility for courses, documents, and other related materials.

Alan Lovell

Alan Lovell smiling at the camera

Alan Lovell is the Information and Referral Services Coordinator for the APH ConnectCenter. He has been at APH for 25 years. In that time, He has worked in APH’s first iteration of a Marketing Department, transitioning to Customer Relations a short time later, where he spent many years in sales, customer services, and technical support. Legally blind since birth, and after so many years working in blindness and education, he was asked in 2018 to take on the role of I&R coordinator for the then newly formed APH ConnectCenter. His background in the field of blindness and his own experiences as a blind person help him provide helpful and empathetic information to those who struggle in just about any aspect of life as it pertains to their visual impairment.


This session is a part of the EDUCATE series. By registering for the EDUCATE series, you have the opportunity to register for:

  1. Monday, September 13: Assistive Tech Resource Roundup
  2. Tuesday, September 14: Empower Through Self-Care
  3. Wednesday, September 15: Community Outreach: Time To Be Bold Campaign Successes, Tools, and Future Plans
  4. Thursday, September 16: Activity and Support Groups: Empower, Educate, and Engage with Consumers

At 11:00 AM PST, noon MST, 1:00 PM CST, and 2:00 EST. 

Registration is required. Click here to register for the EDUCATE series.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.