TICC Provides Barrier-Free Environment and Considerate Services for the 19th Retina International World Congress
The 19th Retina International World Congress (RIWC 2016) was held from July 7th to 10th at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). About 400 retina pathology professionals, academics, and visually disabled people from 26 countries gathered in Taiwan to discuss major medical research developments.
This was the first time the RIWC was held in Taiwan. Themed “Foresight—when East meets West”, lecturers from the USA and Germany gave speeches in plenary sessions about Retinal Degenerations: A Clinical Overview, Gene Therapy: From Experimental to Clinical, Unoprostone Clinical Trial Update, Stem Cell and Restoration of Eye Sight, Retina Implants: From Laboratories to Clinical Application, and Foresight: From Laboratories to Clinics. In addition, there were several panel discussions.
To provide the friendliest service for the congress at this year’s chosen venue, the TICC upgraded many of its already existing facilities, such as accessible toilets,wheelchair ramps, and barrier-free elevators with Braille and voice prompts. Experts were invited to instruct staff members on methods to guide visually disabled people and guide dogs and trainers were on hand for demonstrations. Furthermore, an artificial turf area was built outdoors to provide a “guide dog toilet space”, and aisles in conference and dining rooms were made wider for visually disabled people, guide dogs, and escorts—all to create an international-class friendly and barrier-free convention environment.
For more information, please visit the website at http://riwc2016.org.