FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions

When and where will the NORA 2019 conference be held?

The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) 2019 Clinical Skills Pre-Conference (September 19-20) and 28th annual General Conference (September 21-22) will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resorts, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250. 

When does registration open?

Registration is now open.  Please See important information on registration fees and “How to Register.”

When can I book my hotel?

You may book your hotel reservation at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort by clicking here to access the exclusive rates available for NORA Conference attendees.

How can I contact NORA with conference related questions not covered in this FAQ?

Please email us at [email protected] with any questions not covered in this FAQ.

Does NORA help with disability related accommodations?

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the event. Assistance for accommodations for the NORA education sessions, can contact us at [email protected]. Please note on the registration form and submit any specific requests no later than September 1, 2019. To make accommodations for hotel stay, please contact the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort directly at  (480) 949-1414. 

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

Where do I go to register online?

To register, click here

I have questions about my registration.  Whom should I contact?

Please email us at [email protected] or call (949) 250-0176 with any questions not covered here. 

Can I register at the meeting? 

Yes.  You can pay by credit card at the meeting.  Please note, however, that there will be an additional $30 charge for on-site registration. 

When will I receive my badge?

You will receive your badge upon on-site registration.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

A refund of registration fees, less a $30 per person administrative charge, will be granted if your written request is postmarked on or prior to August 19, 2019.  No refunds will be given after the August 19 deadline. All refunds will be issued in the same form as your original payment.  Cancellation requests will not be processed by phone. Request for refund should be mailed to NORA, Attn: Gary Esterow, 10 Appomattox Drive, Manalapan, NJ  07726 or emailed to [email protected].

Is there discounted pricing for members?

NORA members automatically receive discounted pricing for both the Pre-Conference and General Conference when they register.  Please see Conference Fees chart. Early Bird pricing is available to all attendees ONLY for the General Conference through July 15, 2019 and will automatically be applied to your final total. 

Can I join as a new member of renew my current NORA membership at the same time as I register for the conference?

If you are currently a non-member or if your membership is up for renewal, you will have an opportunity to join/renew before registering for the conference, and will receive member discounts. Please note that your membership fee will be applied to the total on your conference registration invoice.

Education Questions

How many Credit Hours are being offered at the NORA 2019 meeting?

The Clinical Skills program provides 14 hours of continuing education and includes both hands-on and lecture style presentations. The NORA General Conference offers up to 15 additional hours of continuing education for optometrists and allied professionals.

If a course is repeated, will lit be the same material?

Repeated courses generally offer the same material, but sometimes the courses are led by different lecturers.

Can I take Clinical Skills II or Advanced Course even if I have not taken Clinical Skills I?

Yes.  We advise you take Clinical Skills I before taking Clinical Skills II, however. If an attendee wishes to pursue obtaining Fellowship (FNORA), they will need to take the Clinical Skills Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Click here for information on NORA Fellowship Program Requirements.

Can I take both Clinical Skills I and Clinical Skills II Courses in the same year?

No. The Clinical Skills Level I and Clinical Skills Level II Courses will be held at the same time in different rooms.  Therefore, they have to be taken at different years.  Most attendees will take Clinical Skills Level I first followed by Clinical Skills Level II in future years.

Where and when can I access course handouts?

We are currently working on method of distribution for course handouts.  They will not be available until at least 7-10 days prior to the conference.  Attendees will be notified when they are available.

What are the rules for receiving continuing education credit?

Attendees are allowed a 10 minute break per hour during each course. If attendees arrive later than 10 minutes after the course begins or take a break longer than 10 minutes, they will not receive credit. 50 minutes of class time constitutes one hour of credit. 

How will I receive verification of my attendance for my continuing education credits?

Attendees are responsible for obtaining their own proof of attendance for a course. The easiest method (for optometrists) is to download the OE Tracker app and scan the QR codes at the completion of each course. For non-optometrists or those who cannot access the app, you will be provided with an attendance certificate and you are responsible for having this signed/stamped by an attendance monitor at the conclusion of the course. These attendance certificates must be submitted to ARBO (or your CE organization) at the conclusion of the meeting. NORA is not responsible for submission of certificates or replacement of lost certificates. 

Will the conference  be recorded?

The Pre-Clinical Advanced  Course and the General Conference presentations will be recorded and available to purchase through DigiVision.  Previews of these sessions will be posted on the  NORA YouTube Channel.