2021 Conference

Empower Through Self-Care

Session Date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CDT

This session will feature a panel discussing the importance of self-care. Panelists will provide recommendations for creating balance and boundaries, getting better nutrition, sleep and recreational involvement, and how to build more resilience.


Alice Klein

Alice Klein is the program coordinator for the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind Independent Living Program. She is also an Accessible Yoga certified yoga instructor and the founder of Blind and Low Vision Yoga Seattle (BLVYS). BLVYS' mission is to bring joyful movement to all and guide students through yoga poses that will improve their balance and confidence. Alice lives in Seattle with her husband, their grumpy cat and energetic corgi.

Becky Andrews

Becky Andrews is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and owner of Resilient Solutions, Inc, established in 2006.  She is the Clinical Director serving individuals, families, and communities throughout the country. She is also an author of a memoir:  Look Up, Move Forward-My Journey of Losing Vision and Finding Resilience and Cultivating Resilience Workbook. Becky has a B.S and M.S from Utah State University further training at the University of Utah. She is an EMDR Therapy Provider and a Fellow in Thanatology, a Positive Psychology life coach, and a certified Compassion Fatigue Trainer. She is the president of the nonprofit Oasis Center for Hope (OCH), where the mission is to offer support, education, and empowerment to individuals, families, and communities experiencing a loss.  Through OCH, she has organized and facilitated ten retreats:  Daring to Own Your Story. You can purchase her books on her website.


Sarah Clark, LMFT, LMHC, CRC, CVRT is a licensed counselor and vision rehabilitation therapist providing services for clients in Indiana, Florida, and Alaska. She specializes in working with people with disabilities. In addition to counseling, she does online courses and live trainings for other professionals on disability awareness, adjustment to disability, cultural competency, and effective counseling techniques.

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.


Marana Vradenburg is a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist. She aims to help people help themselves by teaching them about proper nutrition and fitness and has assisted many individuals from various walks and backgrounds along their health and fitness journey. She has lived as a type 1 Diabetic for 32 years and understands the crucial role both diet and exercise play in managing the illness. Marana is an athlete training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known amongst her friends and family as a gym rat.
Outside of the gym and training, Marana works part-time for a funeral home assisting families with end-of-life arrangements for their loved ones. Even though she enjoys spending much of her time training and learning about combat sports, she is quite compassionate and cares deeply about families knowing the loss of their loved one matters. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, cooking, listening to podcasts and socializing, especially over coffee and shopping.


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.

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