IMAGINING THE IMPOSSIBLE

13th International Low Vision Conference by the International Society for Low Vision
Research and Rehabilitation

Postponed
Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th July 2021
The Convention Centre Dublin – Ireland

Hosted by:
VISPA (Vision Impaired Service Provider's Alliance)

VISPA Organisation members are:
NCBI, ChildVision, Irish Guide Dogs, Fighting Blindness

IMAGINING THE IMPOSSIBLE

13th International Low Vision Conference by the International Society for Low Vision
Research and Rehabilitation

Postponed
Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th July 2021
The Convention Centre Dublin – Ireland

Hosted by:
VISPA (Vision Impaired Service Provider's Alliance)

VISPA Organisation members are:
NCBI, ChildVision, Irish Guide Dogs, Fighting Blindness

IMAGINING THE IMPOSSIBLE

13th International Low Vision Conference by the International Society for Low Vision
Research and Rehabilitation

Postponed
Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th July 2021

The Convention Centre Dublin – Ireland

Hosted by:
VISPA (Vision Impaired Service Provider's Alliance)

VISPA Organisation members are:
NCBI, ChildVision, Irish Guide Dogs, Fighting Blindness

Vision 2020 Panel List

Note:
Please note this is a list of the Panels and the Dates and Times of Panels will be confirmed in the Preliminary Programme

Panel Chair

Walter Wittich

Congenital Deafblindness in children and across the lifespan

Panel Presenters:
Susan M. Bashinski, Deirdre Leech, Adrian Sexton, Moa Wahlqvist, Sonja van de Molengraft

This panel wishes to raise awareness around topics on congenital deafblindness and the challenges it brings across lifespan development. It will allow interested researchers and service providers to network and find common ground for future collaborative research and knowledge translation.

Panel Chair

Walter Wittich

Increasing understanding of combined vision and hearing impairment, focusing on aging and acquired sensory loss

Panel Presenters:
Saskia Damen, Karen Keyes, Bamini Gopinath, Monique Verberg, Atul Jaiswal, Wendy Andrusijak

This panel wishes to raise awareness around topics on aging with combined vision and hearing impairment, and to allow interested researchers and service providers to network and find common ground for future collaborative research and knowledge translation.

Panel Chair

Olga Overbury

Academic Programmes Worldwide

Panel Presenters:
Kerry Lueders, Donald C. Fletcher, Beth Barstow, George C. Woo , Olga Overbury, Laura Bozeman

The panel will present an overview of academic programs that prepare professionals to work with individuals who have low vision. The speakers represent most of the major disciplines that are involved in the provision of vision rehabilitation throughout the lifespan: ophthalmology, optometry, occupational therapy, and traditional vision rehabilitation. The programs that are described differ in their style and language of instruction, in their structure, and in their geographical scope. Taken together, they will inform attendees of the varieties of academic preparation that are available in the early 21st century for individuals who ultimately form the interdisciplinary teams that provide services to the low vision population.

Panel Chair

Petra Wijen

Low Vision Services in resource scarce enviornments: Experiences from Uganda, West Bank and Egypt

Panel Presenters:
Bubikire Stanley, Naomi Nsubuga, Ithar Beshtawi, Doaa Mabrouk

The presentations will showcase and provide examples of different aspects that matter to promote low vision services in a country. This will include examples of policy development, developing human resources , tailor made rehabilitation and showing the added value of a screening programme. All the examples have been initiated in resource scarce enviornments and show what it is worth to believe in possibilities.

Panel Chair

Samuel N. Markowitz
&
Monica
Daibert-Nido

Current Frontiers in Low Vision Rehabilitation

Panel Presenters:
Monica Daibert, Nido Clark Tedford, Michelle Markowitz, Alex Higashi

Recent Technological advances introduced to Low Vision rehabilitation interventional devices , methods and techniques are of great benefit to visually impaired patients. Presentatons in this panel will discuss a range of devicesand interventions , including portable and wearable CCTV units, Apps on portable devices, retinal implants, Photobiomodulation to boost cellular metabolism , and laser refractive surgery to enhance visual perception with the peripheral retina. Discussion will also include the understanding of brain plasticity and its role in vision rehabilitation.

Panel Chair

Maria Aparecida
Onuki-Haddad
&
Janet Sunness

Clinical Low Vision Rehabilitation for All

Panel Presenters:
Janet Sunness, Maria Aparecida, Onuki-Haddad Monica Daibert-Nido, Beatrice Patino Alex Higashi, Samuel N. Markowitz

This panel aims to review and present the latest in Low Vision Rehabilitation that is available today. Low vision rehabilitation aims to provide clinical solutions to all aspects of visual impairment related disabilities. This involves different devices, methods and training protocols and it is multidisiplinary in nature. In children, in addition to the general principles of rehabilitation, one has to take into account any other sensory disabilities present.

Panel Chair

Lotfi B Merabet

Recent Advances and new directions of investigation in Cerebral Visual Impairment

Panel Presenters:
John Ravenscroft, Simon Hayhoe, Helen St Clair Tracy, Marylou JG Kooiker, Els Ortibus, Corinna M Bauer, Elisa Fazzi, Jessica Galli, Serena Micheletti

CVI is the most common cause of pediatricvisual impairment. Individuals with CVI exhibit a broad range of visual dysfunctions. This panel will discuss a broad recent advances as well as novel approaches for functional visual assessment including virtual reality and eye tracking methodologies. Novel clinical intervention strategies, associations with other neurodevelopmental factors and directions for future research will also be discussed.

Panel Chair

Frans W. Cornelissen
&
Anne C.L.
Vrijing

Imagining being able to Test, Train and Augment Funcional Vision

Panel Presenters:
Jan Koopman, Iris Tigchelaar, Minke. J. de Boer, Birte F. Gestefeld, Colas N. Authie, Silke Karcher, David L. Mann 

There are a lack of of suitable tools for testing functional vision to predict performance in daily life situations, crucial knowledge for vision rehabilitation, restoration and augmentation. We are now at a crucial and exciting moment in time, when leaping beyond the state of the art is necessary and possible. This panel will present what is currently or nearly possible and what the future will hold for testing, training and augmenting functional vision.

Panel Chair

Nilima Tanna

Low Vision service delivery models in the USA

Panel Presenters:
Marlene Snow, Serena Speaker

This presentation explores various low vision service delivery models. It will be an interactive discussion about the academic, non-profir and private practice models. The speakers will share their experiences of working in the various models, and working in urban versus rural settings.

Panel Chair

Naomi Dale
&
Els Ortibus

Research Updates in CVI

Panel Presenters:
Els Ortibus, Elisa Fazzi, Richard Bowman, Jenefer Sargent, Nioma Dale, Francesca Tinelli, Andrea Guzetta, Alison Salt , Corinna Bauer

This panel brings together colleagues from leading European multidisciplinary clinical and research centres to share innovations in screening, assessments, diagnostics and profiling and classification, drawing on novel research evidence and practice. The panel will inform on a new European consensus group towards developing evidence based clinical practice guidelines to support the practice of the future.

Panel Chair

Anja
Palmowski-
Wolfe
&
Suzanne
Trauzettel-
Klosinski

Neuro-Ophthalmology meets
Low Vision- Present to Future

Panel Presenters:
Magdalena Luthy, Skorkovska Karolina, Maria B. Coco Martin, Luis Leal Vega, Fiona J. Rowe, Bianca Huurnemann, Jerooen Gossens

This panel aims to increase awareness of the mutual importance of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Low Vision Specialists in patient care. Despite best medical care, diseases of the brainfrequently result in residual loss of vision involving acuity, contrast and/or fields loss, and these patients benefit from low vision counselling. Similarly visual impairment is frequently associated with a neuro-ophthalmological disorder that may benefit from early diagnosis to prevent further vision impairment. For both areas, research aimed at improved diagnostics, visual training options and E health technologies can help speed up the diagnostic and rehabilitation potential.

Panel Chair

Bart
Melis-Dankers

Safe and independent mobility
for visually impaired people

Panel Presenters:
Alexander Black, Frank Westerhuis, Krister Inde, Mary Butler, Bart Jelijs

This panel focuses on rehabilitation services for motorised mobility and cycling, which includes driving personal cars, microcars, mobility scooters, mopeds and pedal electric cycles. For Visually impaired individuals, it is often not clear whether it is safe and responsible to use these vehicles. This feeling of self doubt limits independent mobility. This requires rehabilitation services providing evidence based advice and training programmes.

Panel Chair

David
Lewerenz

Labeling and decribing
Vision Assistive Equipment

Panel Presenters:
Ian Bailey, Rebecca Kammer, Peter Derksen, Swati C. Modi, George C. Woo, William L. Brown

The aim of this panel is to discuss the optical characteristics of each category of vision assistive equipment, and the standards for them , in a clinically relevant way. The aim is to provide new insights for those experienced in working in low vision rehabilitation, but also to be helpful to those new to the field, who endeavor to put their clinical decision making on a solid foundation.

Panel Chair

Joost Heutink
&
Gera de Haan

Providing services to people with visual impairments after acquired brain injury or neurological disease

Panel Presenters:
Christine Hazelton, Stefanie de Vries, Keir Yong, Fleur van der Feenr, Iris van der Lijn

This panel presents recent developments on the assessments and rehabilitation options available for those patient groups including those who present with stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons’s disease. Discussion will include the nature of visual complaints experienced, disorders of visual function and neurophysical features.

Panel Chair

David Lewerenz

Head mounted video devices for low vision rehabilitation

Panel Presenters:
David Lewerenz, Eli Peli, Thomas W. Theune

This panel aims to explore Head mounted Devices, including its history, the efficacy of its application in its current form and how it might be improved in the future.

Panel Chair

Els de Keijzer

Rehabilitation, education and empowerment of visually impaired children and youngsters: Achievements and challenges in Africa and the Middle East

Panel Presenters:
Scovia Nansuwa, Michelle Carole McLean, Jihan Zeidan Jeremiah Badu Shayar, Julia Tebogo Bothasitse

This panel, from Visio International, discusses programmes currently running in six countries. By strengthening existing structures in close collaboration with local stakeholders, each programme aims to improve the lives of people living with visual impairment in a sustainable way. All Visio International programmes are based on four pillars: Empoerment, Quality, Accessibility and Affordability. The programme will share experiences from programmes in Uganda, South Africa, The West Bank, Botswana and Ghana.

Panel Chair

Jonathan Jackson

Paediatric Low Vision service provision

Panel Presenters:
Swati C. Modi, Rebecca Kammer, Dennis W. Siemsen, Dawn K. DeCarlo, Bennett McAllister, Jonathan Jackson

This panel seeks to highlight the role clinicians have in the world of Paediatric vision rehabilitation. The presenters will share lessons learned from their combined clinical expertise in this area, and will engage in shared discussion as to what the future holds in this area for children, parents and the health/social/educational professionals involved.

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