Forthcoming Workshops

We do not have any events planned currently, but see below for details of our recent conference that took place 2-4 July 2018.

July 2018: “Childhood visual impairment and mental health: Science into practice

See here for conference website and download programme here.

This was the first time that two main charities, the Mary Kitzinger Trust and Royal Society for Blind Children, joined together with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and University College London to host this conference.

Together with the contributors and participants, we hope to spearhead important changes to improve understanding and meeting needs better. The focus was on innovative research and evidence-based practice developments with international and nationally renowned contributors.

There were a range of internationally renowned speakers, including the following, all of whom have contributed significantly to research and practice in the field of childhood visual impairment:

Professor Lauren Lieberman, The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

Dr Mathijs Vervloed, Radboud University Nijmegen

Professor Jugnoo Rahi, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London

Dr Paula Sterkenburg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr Karl Wall, UCL Institute of Education

Dr Sara Finocchietti, Italian Institute of Technology, U-VIP, Genoa Italy

Dr Naomi Dale, Great Ormond Street Hospital/ UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Professor Paramala Santosh, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London

Professor John Ravenscroft, University of Edinburgh

Professor Graeme Douglas, University of Birmingham

Dr Alison Salt, Great Ormond Street Hospital/ UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Dr Naomi Dale, Great Ormond Street Hospital/ UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Dr Corinna Bauer, Harvard Medical School, USA

We were delighted that Paralympian Millie Knight was able to present the closing lecture.  Millie is just 19 years of age and is winner of two silver medals in the South Korean Winter Olympics in visually impaired skiing events.

Themes included:

  • Needs, research and outcomes
  • Early childhood needs and intervention
  • Recreation, sport and wellbeing
  • Anxiety, mood and emotion regulation
  • Social, behaviour and multi-sensory challenges
  • Children’s needs in middle childhood and adolescence
  • Habilitation
  • Enhancing participation and wellbeing