VIEW Conference 2019

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Date(s) - 14/03/2019 - 15/03/2019
12:00 am

Hallmark Hotel - Birmingham Strathallan


The UK’s main residential conference organised by and for everyone working with children and young people with vision impairment


The VIEW Conference 2019 will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March.


Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan
225 Hagley Road
B16 9RY

Booking details

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• Whole conference (residential) £325 (VIEW members £255)
• Thursday 14th March (daytime only) £145 (VIEW members £120)
• Friday 15th March (daytime only) £145 (VIEW members £120)
• Accommodation for the night prior to the conference – £75 (bed and breakfast)
• Joint conference and membership offer – pay for membership fees and conference fees at the same time. This may be of interest to those of you whose LA pay their membership fees.

Join your colleagues for two days of professional development:

  • Listen to experts in the field
  • Stay up to date
  • Participate in workshops
  • Network with colleagues from across the sector
  • Be inspired and energised

Keynote speakers confirmed so far include:

Christopher Robertson, Chair of National SENCO Forum Advisory Group

Clare Jackson, Clinical Psychologist, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Naomi Riches MBE – past member of Great Britain Para-Rowing squad

At the 2012 London Paralympic Games Naomi Riches achieved what some athlete’s only dream of; winning a Gold Medal at a home Games. Born in 1983, Naomi was diagnosed at just 8 weeks old with a Visual Impairment; her parents knew that from day one this would lead to many difficulties and challenges.

Dr John Harris, Royal Society for Blind Children, London

JOHN HARRIS joined the Royal Society for Blind Children as Head of Research and Public Affairs in November 2011 from BlindAid where he was CEO. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of Policy and Research at Barnardo’s.

John’s background is in developmental psychology (BA Hons Swansea; MA and PhD Nottingham) and he started his career as a lecturer in the School of Education, Cardiff University. He qualified as a clinical psychologist in Ontario, Canada in 1989.

In 1990 John was appointed CEO of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities.

An Honorary Professor of Special Education, Birmingham University (2002-2013) John was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1997 and has authored numerous publications on children with developmental disabilities and special educational needs.

Sarah Hughes – Head of Gwent Visual Impairment Service, South East Wales


  • Take part in hands-on demonstrations from a range of exhibitors whose products support children and young people with VI
  • Talk to organisations about services that can support you and the children you work with

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