VIEW Professional development event 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended #VIEW2021, and for your feedback on the event.

Hope to see you again next year (dates and venue to be confirmed)!

Bringing together an exciting line up of leading experts in field, through a series of pre-recorded talks, and the chance to engage with speakers and participants, there were plenty of opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and consider new ways of supporting children and young people with vision impairment.

The line up included:

Prevalence of CVI in children – Cathy Williams – Associate Professor (Reader) in Paediatric Ophthalmology, Bristol Medical School

Arithmetic – Practical and VI inclusive teaching and learning lesson activities for the classroom – Susan Lock, Head of Mathematics, New College Worcester

Smart Ways to use Smart Speakers – Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

Mental health and children and young people with vision impairment and their families in the current pandemic – Claire Jackson – Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Services, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants – Sally Franklin – Senior Teaching Fellow based in the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education

The importance of the creative arts for individuals with vision impairment – Kenny Cowle – PhD researcher within the school of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University – focusing specifically on developing new understandings of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) through the use of photography

What makes inclusive education work: Perspectives and advice from students in Australia with a vision impairment, their parents and teachers – Melissa Fanshawe (University of Southern Queensland) and Dr Melissa Cain (Australian Catholic University)

Supporting children and young people with Nystagmus – Sue Ricketts, Nystagmus Network

Key features of the event

  • Organised by and for teachers of children and young people with vision impairment.
  • Delivered using VIEW’s virtual learning environment – an online collaborative platform.
  • Pre-recorded video talks from experts to support your professional development.
  • The opportunity to submit questions and comments to the speakers and participants after the talk.
  • The opportunity to browse dedicated VI Education products and services .

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Feedback from our delegates on VIEW’s face to face conference…

Read a review of the VIEW Conference by Jayne Thistlethwaite – University of Birmingham 

90% of delegates providing feedback said they learnt something at the conference that they would immediately put to use in their work

“Once again, a brilliant conference. It is very difficult to find training in vi but the conference presents a diverse range and enable participants to access speakers who provide lots of useful info”

“As a VIEW member the conference is amazing value for money – to hear experts in the field and have the chance to catch up with colleagues from around the country”

For any enquiries, as always, please email:

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