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Keynote Presenters

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Lisa Hamm

Kia ora, I’m a Canadian pākehā woman, currently living in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.

I’m interested in supporting children to thrive in their communities, in relation to their visual development. My research stemmed from an early personal interest in vision, experience supporting those with low vision through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and volunteer work with the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO).

My formal academic background is split between retinal-level neuroscience, systems-level vision science, and community-level eye care systems. My thinking about vision continues to be shaped by the different fields, sectors, and cultural perspectives I’m privileged to be exposed to.

My current project is about assessment of visual perception in children with cerebral visual impairment. This work is grounded in ongoing projects about visual perception, neurodevelopmental diversity, effective assessment and rehabilitation strategies, and ways to achieve more equitable access to eyecare.

I believe attempts to support communities that have been marginalised by colonisation and/or who endure ongoing racism and discrimination will fail if societal factors aren’t also addressed. In my personal and professional life, I seek to uncover and deconstruct my own biases, and make space for communities who will build a more equitable future.

When I’m not working, you might find me sewing, painting, or trying to stand up on a surfboard.

More keynote presenters will be announced shortly!