VIEW 2019 – Conference presentations

Thank you to everyone attending VIEW 2019.

Where permission has been granted to do so, presentation materials from the conference will be available here for download in PDF.

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Keynote presentations

Photo of Christopher Robertson during his keynote speech

‘A triumph of hope over experience?’ – SEND policy: an overview of recent reforms and their impact on provision and practice (PDF)

Christopher Robertson – Independent academic, author and honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham

Photo of Sarah Hughes during her keynote speech

Using the VI Learner outcomes as a framework for service delivery

Sarah Hughes, Head of Vision Impairment Service, Torfaen County Borough Council

Photo of Louise Allen during her keynote speech

Understanding CVI: it’s Certainly Very Important (PDF)

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Louise Allen, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Photo of John Harris during his keynote speech

Working with families of children with vision impairment: from theory to practice

John Harris, Head of Research, Royal Society for Blind Children

Photo of Tara Chattaway and George Holroyd during their keynote speech

Update on Children’s Alliance campaign

Tara Chattaway, Thomas Pocklington Trust + George Holroyd, parent

Photo of Debbie Miller during her keynote speech

The how to guide on making positive Choices and enabling Personal Responsibility

Debbie Miller, Life Coach

Photo of Clare Jackson during her keynote speech

Managing anxiety and low mood in children and young people with visual impairment

Clare Jackson, Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Services, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Promoting early intervention and development with the Developmental Journal for babies and children with a vision impairment: research and good practice – Part 1 and Part 2

Naomi Dale, GOSH, and Jackie Osborne, VIEW

Development work in VIEW

Sarah Raisanen, VIEW Communications and Development Officer

Naomi Riches, MBE and John Rous Milligan, Conference Chair, closing the VIEW 2019 Conference

The conference closed with a keynote speech from 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.


A. Using a VI Learner Outcomes framework to deliver intervention and measure impact
Sarah Hughes, Head of Vision Impairment Service, Torfaen County Borough Council

B. Assessing Progress and Service impact – Sheffield Small Steps assessment for Tactile Learners
Joanne Hogg, Head of Sheffield Vision Support Service

Photo showing the resources created during Positive Eye “Make and Take” workshop

C. ‘Make and take’
Gwyn McCormack, Positive Eye

D. Assistive technology in exams
Jane Sharp, Wakefield VI service

E. Messy and Muddy: Encouraging Outdoor Play
Karen Hirst, CYPF Specialist Development Officer (Early Years/Early Intervention), RNIB

F. Uses of digital technology with children with vision impairment and complex needs
Caireen Sutherland, Principal Education Officer, RNIB

G. Preparing for employment
Video – Daniel’s sight loss/blindness journey living with Retinitis Pigmentosa
Daniel Williams, Visualise Training and Consultancy

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