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Proceedings from 7th European Conference of ICEVI

Theme: Living in a Changing Europe
Venue: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Date: 5th-10th July 2009

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Plenary Sessions

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Title Author
The Changing face of Paediatric Visual Impairment Jonathan Jackson; Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast (Ireland)
Towards a fully inclusive and effective education for blind and partially sighted people in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a historical paradigm shift". Rodolfo Cattani; European Blind Union
Batten Disease Support and Research Association's Education Support Program Lance Johnston; Batten Disease Support and Research Association
Moving towards therapy? New lessons about Batten disease Jonathan Cooper; Kings College London (UK)


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Adjustments in psychotherapeutic methods used during the treatment of clients with visual and/or intellectual disabilities Paula Sterkenburg; VU University & Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Ageing with multiple disabilities Peter Verstraten; Sensis (Netherlands)
An interactive on-line community for the MDVI Dick Lunenborg; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Client support system for both intellectual and visual disabled people Josique Bokken; Sensis (Netherlands)
Digital lifebook for the MDVI Dick Lunenborg; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Do not turn a blind eye to their grief Birga Gatzweiler; Südbayerische Wohn- und Werkstätten (Germany)
Experimenting Blindness on Myself Aksinja Kermauner; Institute for Blind and Patially sighted children (Slovenia)
Feeling the change bridging the distance A European collaborative approach to meeting changing needs in learning Ian Beverley; Royal National College for the Blind (United Kingdom)
Hearing Blindness Mathijs Vervloed; Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Living in a Stimulating Environment Anyta van Arnhem; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Parnership in Practice John Harris; Enviter (United Kingdom)
People with Visual Impairments: Views of Sighted Individuals Athanasios Koutsoklenis; University of Macedonia (Greece)
Self-esteem of Adults with Visual Impairments Athanasios Koutsoklenis; University of Macedonia (Greece)
Students with visual impairment at Moldova State University - prepared for changes Larisa Celan; Blind Union of Moldova (Moldova, Republic Of)
Students with Visual Impairments in Higher Education Institutes Athanasios Koutsoklenis; University of Macedonia (Greece)
The effects of social support on wellbeing of visually impaired older adults Peter Verstraten; Sensis (Netherlands)
The importance of employment, career aspirations and self esteem to MDVI and deafblind adults. Anna Lohner; SWW München (Germany)
Visual problems following stroke: Evidence of effectiveness of interventions Clair Cairns; Royal National Institute of Blind People, Scotland (United Kingdom)

Batten disease

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Title Author
Daily guidance for adolescents in the later stages of Batten Disease, possibilities and restrictions Mariska van Panhuis; De Brink (Netherlands)
Education and Participation for pupils with Batten’s Disease Else Grøseth; Tambartun National Resource Centre (Norway)
Educational Strategies for Students with Infantile or Late Infantile Batten Disease Wendy Bills; Batten Disease Support and Research Association (United States)
Eduction for children with Batten Disease Geert W. van Delden; Royal Visio (Netherlands)
Paramedical support for children / young adults with Batten disease and their environment Karin Hulsteyn; Sensis onderwijs Breda (Netherlands)
Participation and inclusion in education Bengt Elmerskog; Tambartun National Resource Centre (Norway)
The Danish Batten Disease- Team- a national interdiciplinary counselling team. Anne Hamann; Synscenter Refsnaes (Denmark)

Early Intervention

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Title Author
Assessment of prebraille (emergent) literacy skills and support through early intervention Andrea Fajdetic; Faculty of Education and Rehabiliation Sciences (Croatia)
Cerebral Visual Impairment in children, how to enhance visual functioning Marieke Steendam; Visio (Netherlands)
Diversity: no child's-play! Diversity and partnership is not a choice, but it is the only way out in the future! Eliane Bonamie; Spermalie Accent (Belgium)
DVD about Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) in young children Irmgard Bals; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Enhancement of visual abilities of multdisabled children with CVI (a scientific researchproject) Marloe den Hartog-Bosch; Visio (Netherlands)
Factors Influencing Low Visual Aid (LVA’s) Use Amongst Visually Impaired Children in Scotland Jennifer Skillen; V.I.Scotland (United Kingdom)
Information Access Support in Pupils with Low Vision in Prague Dagmar Moravcova; Association of Low Vision therapists end Low vision Centre, Prague (Czech Republic)
Nordic Influences in Wales’ : One VI Services’ response to revolutionary changes in the curriculum Ann Tansley; Gwent Visual Impairment Service (United Kingdom)
Principles of primary screening organization and perspectives of development of perinatal psychology at the ophthalmology Liliya Plastunova; Rehabilitation Center (Russian Federation)
Social inclusion of 4-6-years old blind children. What social competencies do blind children need? How can they best be strengthened Anette Ingsholt, Syncenter Refsnæs (Denmark)
Teaching deep word knowledge to children with visual impairment Mathijs Vervloed; Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
The Individual Vision Training Programme for Toddlers, Preschool Children and Children with Central Visual Impairment Marketa Skalicka; Association fo Low Vision Therapist (Czech Republic)
Visual stimulation and visual training in Dutch young children with visual impairment Liesbeth van Beijsterveldt; Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Early Intervention and stereotype behaviour Corry van Gendt; Visio (Netherlands)
Play Behaviors and Social Interactions of Children Who are Blind: A Comparison of Case Studies Conducted in Slovenia and the United States Marie Celeste; Loyola College (United States)
Symbolic Play: Strategy of Learning in the Global approach changing Europe Pilar Aliaga; ONCE (Spain)

School Age

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Title Author
I wanna hold your hand - not any more. A look at increasing independence of pupils in Visual Impairment support units in Dundee, Scotland. Karren Huzzey; Dundee City Council (United Kingdom)
Identifying favourable factors for inclusion of Braille reading students in mainstream settings - a case study Kim de Verdier; National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (Sweden)
Teachers' experiences of Braille reading students' participation and activity in mainstream settings - a complete survey Kim de Verdier; National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (Sweden)
A Case Study of a Bilingual Braillist Jil Timothy; Cyngor Sir Ddinbych/Denbighshire LEA (United Kingdom)
A Journey to Excellence for Children and Young People who are Blind and Visually Impaired Mary Dallas; RNIB Scotland (United Kingdom)
A Scottish perspective on developing an holistic educational provision for children with profound and complex needs: The Journey to Excellence in Oaklands School, Edinburgh. irene scullion; oaklands school (United Kingdom)
Advantages and disadvantages of education of people with visual impairment in "retrograde integration" Eva Tihanyi; Foundation Light of The World (Hungary)
Assesment of functional vision of physically disabled students Inkeri Miinalainen; Ruskeasuo School (Finland)
Blind teen-ager students' expectations Nathalie Lewi-Dumont; INS HEA /MoDyCo (France)
BrailleStudio - Developing braille activities for children and adults to learn braille Eric Quartel de; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
BrailleStudio – making learning braille fun Eric Quartel de; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Bridging the gap between teaching and researching in the field of visual impairment Vassilis Argyropoulos; University of Thessaly (Greece)
Bringing new possibilities to tactile and 3D educational materials through the use of RFID technology Dick Lunenborg; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children at school age Joke Luyten; Centrum Ganspoel (Belgium)
Developing and implementing a curriculum for children with deafblindness/ multisensory impairment ANDREA HATHAZI; BABES-BOLYAI UNIVERSITY CLUJ NAPOCA (Romania)
Developing, preserving and exchanging knowledge and experiences, a necessary challenge anno 2009: The value of working together within supported and diverse networks. Tine Van den Wouwer; KMPI Spermalie (Belgium)
Development of web-based educational software for visually impaired pupils Henk Snetselaar; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Developments in Wales: Training professionals working with children and young people with Visual Impairment. EIRLYS LAMB; University of Wales Newport (United Kingdom)
Digital development: E-Learning. A tool to support the education of people with visual impairment Teresa Corbella; ONCE (Spain)
Educational Programme for children with multi-impairment Geert W. van Delden; Royal Visio (Netherlands)
Embracing Change: developing staff competence in responding to diversity, equality and inclusion needs of clients with visual impairment Terry Forristal-Bissett; St Josephs Centre for the Visually Impaired (Ireland)
Gentle Teaching – a non aversive approach to visually impaired children and youth with challenging behaviours and their staff – keeping the highest ethical standards Tanja Stevns; Synscenter Refsnæs (Denmark)
How to teach blind children reading of tactile drawings – needs of students and teacher approaches Joanna Witczak-Nowotna; Academy of Special Education in Warsaw (Poland)
Challenges of Alternative Format Provision. The National Braille Production Centre of Ireland from 2000-2008 and its Future Development Ilka Stäglin; St. Joseph's Centre for the Visually Impaired (Ireland)
Including Blind Musicians in the Classroom, Studio and Stage William R. McCann; Dancing Dots Braille Music Tech. (United States)
Individual programs improving handwriting skills and decoding of letters as an efficient tool for itinerant and classroom teacher in developing integration in Poland. Joanna Witczak-Nowotna; The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw (Poland)
Integration in a Changing Europe - time for an update? Patricia Fraser; Quantum Technology UK Ltd (United Kingdom)
Jumping Letters: Blind children of different language communities can now learn to read with fun. Ricardo Rosas; Catholic University Chile (Chile)
Let me do it my way! Facilitating independent play for young people with complex learning needs and restricted physical movement Mary Lee; Royal Blind School (United Kingdom)
Modern European languages through tactile graphics Boguslaw MAREK; THe John Paul II Catholic Univrsity of Lublin (Poland)
Museum and visually impaired people - a place of adaptation, education and sensibilization Zeljka Bosnar Salihagic; Typhlological Museum (Croatia)
Orientation and mobility of persons with visual impairment in Czech Republic in context of evolving Europe Veronika Ruzickova; Palacky University (Czech Republic)
Partners in Learning: developing internet-based training for teaching assistants Rory Cobb; Royal National Institute of Blind People (United Kingdom)
Peculiarities and perspectives of the process of socialization of children in the school for blind and visually impaired Natalia Belyakova; Moskow school for blind and visually impeared children (Russian Federation)
Perceptions of change in the field of support for school age children and new perspectives concerning special institutes and professionals. French approaching THIBAULT Catherine ; Institut Montéclair (France)
Planning Assessment and Teaching within the ICF-CY Framework Lea Hyvarinen; University of Helsinki (Finland)
'Playing with Food' - evaluating the first three years Audrey Darby; st josephs centre for the visually impaired (Ireland)
Power in Professional Cooperation New National Service Network for Special Needs Education in Finland Tarja Hännikäinen; School for the Visually Impaired in Jyväskylä (Finland)
Providing high quality examination papers in accessible formats Rory Cobb; Royal National Institute of Blind People (United Kingdom)
Psyhomotorical skills of visually impaired children in relation to the type of eye impairment Mira Oberman Babic; Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation (Bosnia And Herzegovina)
Psychogenic blindness Sytske Brandenburg; Sensis (Netherlands)
Relationship between visual perception and functional visual questionnaire in children with low vision Songül Atasavun Uysal; Hacettepe University (Turkey)
RoboBraille – Braille Unlimited Lars Ballieu Christensen; Synscenter Refsnæs (Denmark)
Secure attachment relationships and the effect on exploratory behaviour during psychotherapy for visually and severe intellectually impaired children. Paula Sterkenburg; VU University & Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Social competences as a new focus for working with visually impaired children and youth Elsebeth Mortensen; Synscentre Refsnæs (Denmark)
Tactile encoding and its role in higher education Karolina Stehlikova; Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
Teaching Visually Impaired at High School Ivan Antov; Gymnazium a SOS pro zrakove postizene (Czech Republic)
Technological challenges for inclusion in a changing Europe Elena Gaston; ONCE (Spain)
Telling meeting Tove Soderqvist Dunkers; National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (Sweden)
The Braille phenomenon in a sighted environment - Seven life world stories Catharina Johansson; National Agency of Special Needs Education and schools (Sweden)
The Electronic Bag Or The Work Numeric Space For The Students Visually Impaired At School christine clemencon; IRSA -Centre Peyrelongue (France)
The hidden sides of integration Ligita Geida; Strazdumuiza Residential Secondary School- Training Center for Visually Impaired and Blind Children (Latvia)
The need for international collaboration in a changing world of globalization, mainstreaming, integration and equal opportunities Lars Ballieu Christensen, Synscenter Refsnæs (Denmark)
The position of visually impaired people in Serbia and possibilities for inclusive education Aleksandra Grbovic and Branka Jablan; Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation (Serbia)
New tendencies in the education and rehabilitation of children with visual impairment Branka Jablan and Aleksandra Grbovic; Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation (Serbia)
The problems of non-understanding of low vision. Branka Eskirovic; Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation University of Belgrade (Serbia)
The Work of First Regional Inclusive Centre in Serbia Tihomir Nikolic; (Serbia)
Title: 'Blindingly Beautiful' Annette Oude Luttikhuis; Bartiméus (Netherlands)
Vision for Work - promoting confidence and independence for future life Nicola Crews; RNIB Cymru (United Kingdom)
Working with People with a Visual Impairment: Designing and Implementing an Innovative Certificate Programme Mary Bennett; Royal National College for the Blind (United Kingdom)
Working with tactile graphics and IVEO [PPT] Dorine in 't Veld; ViewPlus Technologies (Netherlands)
Exploring Social Worlds: evaluating and contextualising a pilot research project into the way a group of young Irish people who are multiply disabled visually impaired develop and sustain social interaction within their peer group. James Forbes; St. Joseph's Centre for the Visually Impaired (Ireland)
‘Thinking outside the box’ - Developing an effective transition matrix for school leavers with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. Iain Prain, Royal Blind School (United Kingdom)
Developing National Standards, training courses and qualifications for habilitation professionals training children with visual needs in England: The Mobility21 Project. Karl Wall; Institute of Education, University of London (United Kingdom)
Why we should reconsider developing a competence model of qualifications for teachers of children with vision impairment? Janis Sugden; Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (Australia)
Suggestions for the Development Educational Provision for Children with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments in Greece: Learning from Provision in the United Kingdom. Athanasios Koutsoklenis; University of Macedonia (Greece)
Is there still a role for designated visual impairment (VI) schools in the 21st Century? olga miller; Institute of Education, University of London (United Kingdom)
The Organization Of The School For Visually Impaired Pupils Veljko Ramadanovic Radmila Laban; The school for the visually impaired pupils "Veljko Ramadanovic", Zemun (Serbia)
When lines have no ends - A child with a specific visual processing disorder Renate Walthes; Technical University od Dortmund (Germany)
Comparison of reading speed between visually handicapped children and sighted peers Songül Atasavun Uysal; Hacettepe University (Turkey)

Poster presentations

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Title Author
Communication documents – an aim to create future knowledge Marie Johansson; Olofstroms kommun
JNK Goes Circus: Circus Bombastico at the School for Visually Impaired Children in JYVÄSKYLÄ Outi Lappalainen; Jyväskylä School for Visually Impaired
Safe and Skilled Surfing through ‘RadaR the Eargame’ - an e-learning program for children who are blind or vision impaired Robert Jones; St Joseph's Primary School for Children with Visual Impairment
Center of Consultancy in Deafblindness Cluj Napoca Andrea Hathazi; Babes-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca
Lines for Reading Riitta Mecklin; Jyväskylä the School for the Visually Impaired
Everything about the eye. Information, support and internet communication for people with age-related sight loss. Peter Verstraten; Sensis
Combination of the Navigation System TANIA with RFID-Based Initialization and Object Recognition Bernhard Schmitz; University of Stuttgart
Sarepta - A powerful multimedia program Thomas Ragnarsson; Örebro County Counsil
Care with Vision: Understanding and helping people with an intellectual and visual disability Paula Sterkenburg; VU University & Bartiméus
Equity of educational provision in Edinburgh for children aged 0-5 with visual impairment with or without complex disability. Lynn Lymer; Visiting Teaching and Support Services
OPTIC Optimising the Inclusive Classroom Frank Groben; OPTIC Comenius Project
Development of formal teacher training in Croatia through implementation of Bologna Declaration Andrea Fajdetic; Faculty of Education and Rehabiliation Sciences
Basic braille at home (BBH) – new software program for easy Braille learning Andrea Fajdetic; Faculty of Education and Rehabiliation Sciences
STP, an Senso- tacto-picto system used to create a daily or weekly planning for blind or visually impaired children and adults with additional disabilities. Kathleen Vandermaelen; Centrum Ganspoel vzw
Rethinking care for visually-impaired people Griselda Tubau Molina; Universitat Ramon Llull
Learning together, communication and 'on body' signs for young people with visual impairment and complex needs Mary Lee; Royal Blind School
International cooperation with professional instututions for rehabilitation and education for visually impaired Carina Poels; Sensis
Accessible service – pleased customer! Heli Valli; Keskuspuisto Vocational College
What is Easier to Transport – Tests or Children?“ Helena Janousova; Association for Early Intervention (Czech Republic)


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Title Author
Interactive Approaches to the Training of Teachers Mike McLinden; University of Birmingham (UK)
Developing symbolic communication at children with multisensory impairment/ deafblindness included Andrea Hathazi; Babes-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca (Romania)
How to teach mathematics in Braille ? Sylvia Buit; Sensis (Netherlands)
TACTUS - do you understand this word? (Tactile Book Competition as a New Phenomena in Europe) Jana Vachulová; Tactus (Czech Republic)
Early detection of autism and autism-like difficulties in small children who are born blind: a check list Knut Brandsborg; Huseby Resource Center (Norway)
Sense and Grow Incorporating the Natural Environment into the curriculum for children and young adults with a visual impairment. Audrey Farrelly; St Joseph's Centre for the Visually Impaired (Ireland)
How to become a sighted guide who can help a visually impaired person move through space safely and efficiently? A good example of exchanging knowledge and experiences by use of the concept « train the trainer » Piet Verstraete; MPI Spermalie (Belgium)
Assessment of vision of multidisabled children at school Lea Hyvärinen; University of Helsinki (Finland)
What’s New in Low Vision? Moyra McClure; Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast (Ireland)

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Futher information

Special Newsletter: General Assembly - download Special Newsletter 2/2009 (pdf 754KB)

The programme committee:

  • Terezie Hradilková, board member of ICEVI-Europe
  • Mary Lee, board member of ICEVI-Europe
  • Peter Rodney, board member of ICEVI-Europe
  • William Stuart, St. Joseph's Centre for the Visually Impaired
  • Hans Welling, chairman of the board of ICEVI-Europe
  • Elly Aardoom, secretary

Conference to be hosted by:
St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired, Dublin
Web: www.stjosephsvi.ie
Tel: +353 1 8373635, Fax: +353 1 8373884
Email: conference at stjosephs.ie

Please, visit www.icevidublin2009.org for further information.

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