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​Announcing the 11th AFI Make a Miracle Conference
July 31 - August 4, 2019, Blue Ash, OH
AFI members should have received their registration information via email. Early registration ends May 25 and all registration ends June 12 at 5:00 pm EST. Conference and child / teen program registration deadline is also June 12th.

We have invited great speakers in the latest information such as cornea research, diabetes, genetics, genetic therapies and more. These presentations will detail the latest advancements in medical treatments, and exciting new research. Along with presentations from experts around the world on Aniridia Syndrome, our conference will have information for living with Aniridia Syndrome in our daily lives - including learning about how it affects other areas in the body; how to navigate school, parenting and low vision devices; and family member round table discussions to share experiences. Genetic testing and data collection information will be sent with registration information. We also will have time for meeting others living with Aniridia Syndrome during our social events, professional childcare and teen programs, and at our Make a Miracle Dinner Gala. Join us for an unforgettable week of invaluable information sharing and friendship! We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Here are some Details to help you plan:
Wednesday, July 31st
Arrival day - Registration check in during the afternoon / evening
Meet the childcare / teen program leaders
Welcome Ice Cream / Dessert Social 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday and Friday
Presentations, special events and Make a Miracle Dinner Gala (Friday)

Low vision vendor fair and presentations til 5:00 pm  
Sunday - (optional) See the Experts Clinic (appointments may be requested in registration packet)

Airports Cincinnati / Northern KY (CVG) or Dayton, OH (DAY)

CHILDCARE AND TEEN PROGRAM During the presentation sessions - Fun activities for them, meeting others with Aniridia Sydrome and their siblings while parents are learning from the experts then meet up with them for lunch and fun. We have hired a professional, local care provider with background checked, CPR, first aid certified team members and who will be educated on Aniridia Syndrome beforehand. Team members all have backgrounds in early childhood education, nursing, daycare, substitute teaching and/or special needs education. Ratios of caregiver to children are adhered to, and 6 weeks old is the youngest child accepted. We will have nursing areas for mothers in the infant room close to the meeting areas. More detailed information will be sent to those who register for the child / teen program in their conference registration packet.

LODGING Upon receipt of registration and payment of conference fees, the discounted hotel rate code will be furnished in the acknowledgment receipt. Discounted rates ($122 - $135) will also be honored for 3 days before and after the conference (upon availability) so people can make it a vacation and do fun things in Cincinnati. The number of rooms available are limited so register early. First come first serve. 

SIGHT SEEING OPPORTUNITIES Come early or stay later and make your trip into a vacation! Cincinnati has many attractions for the whole family including:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Newport Aquarium
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Krohn Conservatory
Coney Island Amusement Park
Kings Island Amusement Park
Findley Market
Ohio River Attractions: Sawyer Point, Purple 
People Bridge, BB Riverboats
Reds Baseball
And many more!
Help Us Make a Miracle by Ordering a Personal Ad!

Now taking orders for IN HONOR OF or IN MEMORY OF personal ads to be placed in the conference program.

OR if your loved one is not attending the conference, choose the option to put the ad in the Post Conference issue of the Eye on Aniridia news edition. 

Send that message of love and support to your loved one.
Personal Ad forms and payments are due before the deadline of June 15th.  

“The knowledge and benefits we have gained from attending two of the AFI conferences has boosted our immediate families knowledge, my child has more confidence in understanding his birth defect along with knowing that there is continuous research being done to understand more about the conditions that encompass this genetic defect and he has a positive outlook on his future which was destroyed and shattered three years ago when his local doctor told him he was going blind at the age of 19 and that the team of specialists he was seeing at that time couldn't help him.”