Saturday, October 1, 2011

Someone You Should Know: Len Scrogan

Len Scrogan is a teacher out of Boulder, CO...and so much more. As it says on his blog, he is a Digital Learning Architect, past Director of Instructional Technology for the Boulder Valley School District, Adjunct Professor for the University of Colorado-Denver and Lesley University and and Educational Technology Speaker and Consultant. He and I met while working on the 3D in the Classroom: See Well, Learn Well project as a part of the American Optometric Association's 3D Classroom Project Team. I have a link to his blog on this page (scroll down, look right) or go to Future-Talk 3D by clicking on this link right now!

3D in the Classroom: See Well, Learn Well

3D in the Classroom: See Well, Learn Well
Get your copy today. Read it. Pass it along.

Migraine Attacks the Basal Ganglia

Migraine Attacks the Basal Ganglia

...Supported by current understanding of basal ganglia role in pain processing, the findings suggest a significant role of the basal ganglia in the pathophysiology of the episodic migrain....

Comments: Free pdf  available. DM

Attention AOA Members: 3D in the Classroom Now Available

The AOA and with has created this master document for all educators interested in how 3D affects the learning experience.
This should be available by September 30, 2011.
Click here for more info

For additional information on the diagnosis and treatment of 3D Vision Syndrome, you should also consult
the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Seven Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Seven Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office

..... if you're feeling a bit budget crunched, there are free alternatives to Microsoft Office that will serve the needs of most users just fine. And yes, they're compatible with Office, so you won't have problems sharing files with family members and coworkers.....

U.S. Federal Relations News

U.S. Federal Relations News  Volume 9 Issue 9

President's Jobs Bill Includes Charitable Deduction Cap

The recently proposed American Jobs Act will be funded by reducing the value of itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, for high-income taxpayers, according to the Obama Administration.

If enacted as is, the American Jobs Act would cap the value of the charitable deduction at a 28 percent rate for taxpayers earning more than $200,000 annually ($250,000 for married couples). Currently, the value of the charitable deduction for these taxpayers is equal to the marginal tax bracket (33 percent or 35 percent, depending on personal income). Reducing the value of the charitable deduction and other itemized deductions would raise $400 billion, funding almost the entire cost of President Obama's jobs bill.

It is unclear whether lawmakers will agree to enact a charitable deduction cap. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) will continue to urge lawmakers to protect the value of the charitable deduction and will oppose any effort to reduce its value. See the CASE Public Policy page to read more about the proposal and CASE's position.

Comments: How will this affect not-for-profit institutions and organizations that depend upon donations to make ends meet? Does this mean these institutions will now become more dependent upon the government for support? IMMHO the American Jobs Act is a bill that needs to be reviewed very carefully. It seems as if  "The Law of Unintended Consequences"  may apply more than ever....and instead of improving our lives, make us more vulernable. DM

Private Practice Residency Program in Optometric Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Private Practice Residency Program in Optometric Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Announcing a new concept in optometric residency programs:

Vision Therapy/Rehabilitative Optometry in a private practice EyeCare Professionals, P.C. in association with the Southern College of Optometry, is currently recruiting applicants for a private practice based optometric residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitative Optometry. This is fully accredited
A.C.O.E. program.

EyeCare Professionals, P.C. is a leader in providing vision therapy and rehabilitation services in central New Jersey. Conveniently located with easy access to both New York City and Philadelphia, EyeCare Professionals is a full scope group optometric practice offering primary eye care, diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, complete contact lens care, and optical services, in addition to optometric vision therapy and vision rehabilitative optometry services.

For more information visit us at or contact:
Barry Tannen, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Program Supervisor (

Schizophrenia and Epilepsy

Schizophrenia and Epilepsy

Researchers have confirmed a bidirectional relation between schizophrenia and epilepsy. According to the study, patients with epilepsy were nearly 8 times more likely to develop schizophrenia and those with schizophrenia were close to 6 times more likely to develop epilepsy.  ....

World Sight Day 2011 October 13th

Participate in World Sight Day 2011 on October 13th.

Avoidable blindness "shames us all"... Abi Smith

Health planners must stop ignoring avoidable blindness and visual impairment. A modest investment could help over 200 million people to see clearly, vastly improving the economic outlook of low income communities.

WHO statistics released this year confirm that 80% of visual impairment is due to avoidable causes – problems which could be prevented, treated or cured using known and cost-effective methods. Yet current estimates put the number of people living with significant visual impairment at 284 million, 39 million of whom are blind.

IAPB – the umbrella body for the global alliance of organisations in the fields of blindness and vision impairment – recognises the poverty trap of people with visual impairment, the real risk that they will be excluded from basic health and education services and thus suffer economic deprivation. Disability contributes to the risk of poverty, but conditions of poverty add to the risk of disability. IAPB Chief Executive Peter Ackland reiterates this message: “Blindness causes poverty, and poverty causes blindness. It is crucial that powerful groups take up the challenge of these very soluble problems, and act now to make a difference to millions. To continue to ignore them in the face of such overwhelming evidence is shameful.”

Representing over 110 organizations, including virtually every major organisation working in blindness prevention, global eye health professional associations and the World Blind Union, IAPB calls on the World Bank and major donors to provide official development assistance to enable national governments to allocate the necessary budget support to the following key issues:
  1. School health programmes must ensure that all children receive an eye examination, and are provided with spectacles or referral to eye health services as required;
  2. The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) must be extended to at least 2020, to ensure the transmission of river blindness is completely eliminated in Africa;
  3. Effective trachoma control programmes must continue to be supported to secure the disease’s elimination as a public health concern, by 2020;
  4. World Bank-supported results-based financing (RBF) initiatives must incorporate surgical procedures for trachoma and cataract.