conference 2015

Professional Development Event 2015

 The UK’s main residential conference organised by and for teachers of children and young people with visual impairment

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March 2015

 Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham

(Please note that session titles are still subject to change)


Thursday 12th March 

11.00                   Welcome

Rory Cobb, conference chair

11.15                   Policy update

Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director, National Children’s Bureau

12.00         Eye Examinations in Special Schools: SeeAbility’s Children in Focus Campaign

Marek Karas, SeeAbility

12.45         Questions

1.00            Lunch

2.00            Exam reform and disabled learners

Julie Swan, Associate Director: Regulatory Policy and Vocational Qualification Policy, Ofqual

2.30            Promoting outdoor activities

Brian Harrington, Outlook Trust

3.00            Break

3.10            Developments in paediatric ophthalmology

Rachel Pilling, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

3.50            Tea

4.20            Development work in VIEW                 

Janet Cuthbert, VIEW Communications Officer

4.30            Updates from the field

5.30            VIEW Annual General Meeting

6.30            Exhibition and wine reception

8.00            Conference Dinner

Friday 13th March

9.00            Introduction

Rory Cobb, conference chair

9.10            Children with cerebral visual impairment

Richard Bowman, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital

10.00                   Workshops session 1

A. Talking Hands – communication through touch for children with MSI

Anne Cheesbrough, Sense

B. Dolphin Guide – ICT access for blind children

Richard Orme, Dolphin Computer Access

C. Understanding Nystagmus

John Sanders, Nystagmus Network

D. Multi-sensory play materials

Judy Denziloe, Concept Training

E. Ophthalmology workshop

Rachel Pilling, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

F. ‘Sound Practice’ music workshop

Sally Zimmermann and James Risdon, RNIB Music Advisory Service

G. Teaching road safety

Children’s Mobility Service, Birmingham

11.00                   Coffee

 11.30         Promoting inclusion through technology

Richard Orme, Innovation Director, Dolphin Computer Access

12.00                   Workshops session 2       

 1.00            Lunch

2.00            Reflections

Damon Rose, BBC Ouch disability journalist

2.50            Summing up

Rory Cobb

3.00            Close