Conference materials VIEW 2018

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Conference Programme

Keynote presentations


Project Torino: making programming accessible for VI learners (PowerPoint)Alex Hadwen-Bennett

Planning and implementing access arrangements for GCSE and A level exams – Simon Kerrigan, Tapton School, Sheffield

TeachCVI project – Gwyn McCormack, Positive Eye – project materials available here: – select the link on the top menu bar labelled “database” – this is where the rich resources are housed.

Learning with iPads: A pathway towards independence – Christina Matawa and Andrea Ferris, Hammersmith and Fulham Sensory and Language Impairment Team

Additional resources mentioned in the iPad workshop: BMJ articleTablet computers versus optical aids to support education and learning in children and young people with low vision, protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial, CREATE (Children Reading with Electronic Assistance To Educate) (PDF)

  • Exploring a base SRE curriculum – Peter ImrayTransition to Adulthood: Housing and Independent LivingIan Copeman and Imogen Blood, Thomas Pocklington Trust

    Speaker details

     Brian Lamb OBE is a consultant specialising in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Health Issues. He is an advisor to the National Sensory Impairment Partnership and works with a number of local authorities and parents’ groups on implementing the SEND reforms.  He is also a member of steering group of the SEN Policy Forum and was the Chair of Lamb Inquiry into Parental Confidence in SEND. He is the founding Chair of the charity Achievement for All  He is Visiting Professor of SEND at Derby University and a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University.


    Jugnoo Rahi is Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the Institute of Child Health UCL / Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her research specialises in paediatric eye disease and visual function, childhood visual impairment, the prenatal and childhood origins of, and life-course influences on, adult eye disease and visual function, as well as the genetic basis of common complex eye disorders.


    Julie Colley and Rachel McVeigh work at Highfield Primary in Leeds, which is an Ofsted Outstanding school and heavily over-subscribed in requests for admissions. It is also particularly successful and positively-minded regarding the inclusion of children with a range of SEN – current pupils include those with vision impairment, autism, Down Syndrome and physical disabilities. Highfield has a strong reputation in the parent community for its strength in this area.


    Lucy Dixon and Tara Chattaway are part of the Advocacy team at RNIB. Lucy is a policy manager covering education, employment and social care and also sits on the Special Educational Consortium. Tara is a policy officer covering education and has a background in campaigning on education, health and social care.


    Peter Imray is a freelance trainer, advisor and writer in the area of special educational needs, whose current interests centre on pedagogy, curriculum and assessment relating to SLD and PMLD. Peter is a regular blogger on the SLD Forum, has written numerous articles for various journals and wrote Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties with Viv Hinchcliffe, which was published by Routledge in 2014. His latest book, written with Andrew Colley and entitled Inclusion is Dead: Long Live Inclusion, is a polemic against the dominant inclusive ideology of a common school and/or class and/or curriculum for those with SLD and PMLD. It was published by Routledge in May 2017.


    Jenefer Sargent is a Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond St hospital within the Wolfson Neurodisability Service. She has expertise in the developmental consequences of severe visual impairment and is joint lead of the Developmental Vision Service. She also has expertise in the developmental and visual needs of children with severe movement disorders. She is the paediatric representative on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ paediatric sub-committee, Chair of the Visual Impairment Paediatric Special Interest Group, and a Trustee of the Mary Kitzinger Trust.


    Amar Latif is a blind entrepreneur, television personality and motivational speaker. Amar is the founder of Traveleyes, a world-unique travel company that offers worldwide independent travel for blind and sighted travellers. Amar has also presented several shows across British TV, including the Last leg and How to Get Fit Fast.