VIEW National Conference/Professional Development Event 2014
The UK’s main residential conference organised by and for teachers of children and young people with visual impairment
Thursday 13 & Friday 14 March 2014
Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham
Book now at: http://www.viewweb.org.uk/book-your-place
Thursday 13th March
11.00 Welcome Rory Cobb, Conference Chair
11.15 Policy update Christopher Robertson, Lecturer in Inclusive and Special Education, University of Birmingham
11.45 Implications for the VI sector Julie Jennings, Manager, RNIB Children’s Team
12.15 Cognitive ability testing for children with vision impairment Simon Ungar, Educational Psychologist, Wandsworth
2.00 VI provision – the perspective of a blind parent Mark Turnham
2.30 Life after school – moving into adulthood Graeme Douglas, Senior Research Fellow, Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Birmingham.
3.10 Let’s Start a Dialogue- Are children getting the support they need? Sue Keil, Research Officer, RNIB and Sue Wright, Head of Children, Young People and Family service, Action for Blind People.
4.20 Development work in VIEW Janet Cuthbert, Communications Officer, VIEW
4.30 Updates from the field
5.30 VIEW AGM
6.30 Exhibition and wine reception
8.00 Gala Dinner
Friday 14th March
9.10 Developments in paediatric optometry Bill Harvey, Clinical Editor, Optician Journal
10.00 Promoting independence and the role of teaching assistants Elizabeth Clery, Team Leader, Brent Sensory Support Service
10.30 Workshops Session 1
A. Consulting with children and parents . Sue Keil, RNIB
B. How to assess vision response in children. Bill Harvey
C. IPads in the classroom . Matthew Carr, Blindability
D. Adjusting to sight loss. Gail Bailey, Educational Psychologist
E. Cerebral visual impairment. Janet Harwood, QTVI and Co-ordinator of the UK special interest group on CVI.
12.00 Workshops session 2
2.00 Journeying through life with sight loss propelled by technology Neil Heslop,Group Director, RNIB Solutions and co-founder of Blind in Business
2.50 Summing up
New Venue! The Strathallan Hotel, on the Hagley Road, Birmingham
The evaluations from this year’s event made clear to us that the problems at the previous hotel (The Great Barr) were more widespread than we believed at the time, so we have been busy looking for a new venue. We are very pleased to have come up with an excellent alternative – the Strathallan Hotel on the Hagley Road in Birmingham http://www.menzieshotels.co.
The Strathallan provides a number of key benefits over the Great Barr Hotel, namely:
- more bedrooms
- better standards of cleanliness
- bigger conference room
- recently refurbished public area and dining room
- much closer to Birmingham city centre
- lots of parking
The other good news is that changing the venue has only a negligible effect on the price, which will only be £5 more than last year. This means the delegate fees will be as follows:
Two day overnight rate: £295 (non VIEW member) and £225 (VIEW member).
Day rate: £115 (non VIEW member) and £90 (VIEW member).
If you would like to make a booking go to http://www.viewweb.org.uk/book-your-place
We are very happy to either invoice now, or pre-register you for a place and invoice towards the end of this year.