VIEW Professional Development Event 2016

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

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan,  225 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RY, England (Formerly Menzies Strathallan).

Please note: residential places are now fully booked, but you can still attend the conference as a day delegate.

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 March 2016
(Please note that this programme is provisional and subject to change)

Thursday 10th March

10.30 Welcome
Rory Cobb, conference chair
10.45 The Children and Families Act 2014 – Progress with Implementation
Andre Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, DfE
11.30 Cerebral vision impairment
Cathy Williams, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Bristol Eye Hospital
2.10 Experiences of students with vision impairment in Further Education
Dr Ceri Morris, University Teacher in Education, Cardiff University
12.40 Lunch
1.40 VIEW AGM or Exhibition
2.40 Rare childhood conditions linked to visual impairment
Tim Barrett, Professor of Paediatrics, Birmingham
3.20 Behaviour management strategies for children with vision impairment
Steve Brown, Senior Team Teach Tutor, Birmingham
3.50 Tea
4.20 Development work in VIEW
Sarah Raisanen, VIEW Communications Officer
4.30 Updates from the field
5.30 Close
6.30 Exhibition and wine reception
8.00 Conference Dinner

Friday 11th March
(Please note that this programme is provisional and subject to change)

9.00 Introduction
Rory Cobb, conference chair
9.10 Optimum VI project (early development of babies and children with vision impairment) – latest research findings and implications for practice
Naomi Dale, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ UCL Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability, GOSH
10.00 Workshops session 1
A. Making the most of iPads
Dave Williams, accessibility consultant
B. Understanding sensory integration
Nerys Hughes, Whole Child Therapy Team
C. Using coloured tents
Suzanne Little, Meldreth Manor School
D. Introducing the new online learning media assessment (LMA)
Steve McCall, University of Birmingham
E. Making work experience work
Sarah Williams, Employer Engagement and Placement Officer, RNIB Cymru
F. Listening to the voice of the child – practical strategies for agreeing outcomes
Speaker to be confirmed
G. Producing accessible curriculum resources
Anna Pilson, Vision Support Teacher, Sheffield Vision Support Service
11.00 Coffee
11.30 From research into policy and practice – 2 case studies
Access to exams – Rory Cobb, RNIB Transition to university – Sue Keil, RNIB
12.00 Workshops session 2
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Closing address
Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond, Director of Paralympic Integration 2012 and ex-Paralympic swimmer.
2.50 Summing up
Rory Cobb
3.00 Close

Download programme in Word or PDF:

VIEW professional development event 2016 provisional programme (Word, 72KB)
VIEW professional development event 2016 provisional programme (PDF, 124KB)

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