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Vispero™ is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. We have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals that help them reach their full potential.

Vispero combines two Latin words: visio and spero.  Visio means “the vision”; and spero means “hope”.  At Vispero, we inspire hope, determination, and independence through our family of brands: Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, Optelec, and The Paciello Group. 


Tom Tiernan
President and CEO
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Rick Simpson, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
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Kathy Austin
Global Vice President of Human Resources
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Jim McDonnell
Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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Matt Ater
Vice President of Corporate Business Development
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Miguel Abdo
Vice President of Products
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Kathleen Wahlbin
Vice President of Enterprise Compliance
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