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Monday 3/07/2017

11:00 – 12:15 Keynote lecture by
Prof. dr. Claudia Claes, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

Quality of life, moving forward from deficit thinking to supports

14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Session I: Oral Presentations
Room 1: Early Childhood
  • Evolution of visual impairment in children and adults born preterm
    Katrien Keppens, Mieke Vandorpe, Myriam Callemeyn and Mieke De Pourcq
  • Get your coat: examining the development of the independent living skill of dressing in young children with visual impairment, young children with down syndrome, and typically developing children
    Jessica Hayton
  • Early intervention for visually impaired children: terms and stages of compensation of blindness in the first year of life
    Ludmila Myasnikova and Vladimir Ruchin

Room 2: School Age
  • BRAITICO. A new braille literacy method of ONCE, using ICT
    Elena Gastón López
  • The development of online resources to support the effective assessment and teaching of literacy through braille
    Rory Cobb and Steve McCall
  • Audio description and students with visual impairments: what use for what benefits?
    Nathalie Lewi-Dumont, Loraine Crépel and Laetitia Dumont–Lewi

Room 3: School Age
  • The assessment and development of digital literacy in students with vision impairment and additional learning needs: preliminary findings from a current PhD study
    Emily H. White, Kerry Wood and Shiralee Poed
  • Twenty-first century learning skills for MDVI students
    Dick Lunenborg
  • Together successful - Five years of inverse inclusion at Betty-Hirsch-School, Nikolauspflege Stuttgart, Germany
    Anne Reichmann

Room 4: Young adults
  • Non-verbal communication
    Roselinde Strosse and Laurence Foulon
  • Solidarity in Sight: A Social and Psychological Support Program for young adults
    Sarah De Ruyck and Lorenzo Billiet

Room 5: Adults
Chaired by Sonia Meys
  • Mindfulness-based treatment for persons with a visual impairment or visual-and-intellectual disabilities
    Hannelies Hokke and Paula Sterkenburg
  • A visual impairment is not just about seeing and watching. Get a view of the different aspects and dimensions of the emotional process.
    Heidi Deknudt
  • Measuring the effect of functional rehabilitation on quality of life
    Sophie Demoustier and Stéphanie Demartin

Room 6:
  • The role of "Gender", "Islam", and "Turkish Culture" on independence of individuals with visual Impairments
    Onder Islek
  • If vision matters
    Renate Walthes, Sonja Breitenbach, Christiane Freitag, Friederike Hogrebe, Lea Hyvärinen and Namita Jacob

Room 7: Museums and People with Visual Impairments:
the case of the BaGMIVI project (14:00-17:30)

Moderator: Vassilis Argyropoulos
  • Current and future trends in museums regarding visitors with disabilities: the case of visitors with visual impairments
    Vassilis Argyropoulos, Magda Nikolaraizi, Charikleia Kanari and Sofia Chamonikolaou
  • Interactions between a gallery, university and special school for visually impaired in providing access to ancient and contemporary art: the Bulgarian case
    Mira Tzvetkova-Arsova, Vladimir Radoulov, Margarita Tomova, Rumiana Ioneva, Rositsa Chisheva and Emanuela Stoilova
  • The cooperation of university, museum and special school for adapting the environment and creating new educational opportunities for children with visual impairment in museums: the Hungarian case
    Krisztina Kovács, Beáta Prónay, Erzsébet Szűcs and Ágnes Somorjai
  • Empowering people with visual impairments to visit museums by developing differentiated educational programs
    Andrea Hathazi, Adrian Rosan, Tudor Salagean and Tekla Totszegi
  • Bridging theory and practice in developing inclusive practices in museum: The Greek case
    Vassilis Argyropoulos, Magda Nikolaraizi, Charikleia Kanari, Sofia Chamonikolaou, Marina Plati, Eleni Markou and Betty Leotsakou
16:00 – 17:30 Workshop Session I
Room 1:
  • QoL
    Chaired by Charlotte De Smet
    Moderator: Remco Mosterd

Room 2:
  • All I need is time and practice: Multisensory projects for children with visual impairment and additional needs
    Moderator: Gerti Jaritz

Room 3:
  • Visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders: customised assessment and care throughout the life course
    Chaired by Sonia Meys
    Moderator: Peter Verstraten
    • Visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders: customised assessment and care throughout the life course
      Peter Verstraten, Mathijs Vervloed, Joan Curran, Sinead Fitzpatrick, Kim de Verdier and Hans van den Heuvel
    • Assessment of autistic behavior in People with Multiple Disabilities
      Mathijs Vervloed and Gitta de Vaan
    • Visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders
      Joan Curran, Audrey Darby, Audrey Farrelly and Sinead Fitzpatrick
    • “Blindness and autism spectrum disorder in children: 
Prevalence, diagnostics and reflections on the support”
      Kim de Verdier
    • Visual impairment and autistic spectrum disorder: customised care illustrated in case examples
      Marit van Buijsen, Hans van den Heuvel and Peter Verstraten

Room 4:
  • Apps for mobile devices: how to distinguish accessible apps from inaccessible apps
    Moderator: Jeroen Baldewijns

Room 5:
  • Social haptic communication
    Moderator: Veerle Vanthuyne

Room 6:
  • Up to an inclusive life after special education. An interactive session based on Testimony
    Moderator: Monique Van den Abbeel

Tuesday 4/07/2017

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote lecture by
Prof. dr. Bea Maes, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences University of Leuven, Belgium

Quality of life and quality of support for children with a disability and their families

10:30 – 12:30 Parallel Session II: Oral Presentations
Room 1: School Ages
  • Stories: a different way to interact with blind or visually impaired children and adults with additional disabilities
    Jeske D'haene, Annelies Meulemans and Wieteke Luppens
  • Communication or Confusion? One Local Authority’s Approach to Simplifying Communication for Pupils with Complex Needs using Objects of Reference.
    Elizabeth McCann
  • Moving towards self-confidence
    Ria Waele

Room 2: School Ages
  • De Pit: an inclusion project for adolescents with visual impairment and multiple disabilities in the city of Tervuren
    Veerle Coenraets, Susy Gijbels and Sonia Meys
  • Concept development of Blind Children - A General Introduction
    Ans Withagen and Anneke Blok
  • Group meetings (1-4 days) for children or youngsters with visual impairment as a method to achieve individual goals
    Emma Van Damme
  • Analyzing social interactions in a regular class: a pilot study with secondary students with a visual impairment
    Mathieu Gaborit, Nathalie Lewi-Dumont, Kenza Berrada and Minna Puustinen

Room 3: School Ages
  • Screening characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)
    Griet Pattyn and Greet Vissenaekens
  • Using modern statistical mapping tools to identify social participation and wellbeing need in children with visual impairments
    John Ravenscroft, Andrew Blakie and James Thom
  • Investigating risk perception and disaster management through perspectives of children with and without visual disability
    Magda Nikolaraizi, Sofia Chamonikolaou, Vassilios Argyropoulos and Charikleia Kanari
  • The role of leisure time and sport activities for people with visual impairment in developing social participation
    Andrea Hathazi

Room 4: School Ages
  • Art does not have to be visual
    Anneli Embe
  • Making mathematics accessible. A study of how paraeducators work with adaptations
    Ulrika Vanhoenacker
  • SensusAccess - Universal access to alternate media
    Lars Ballieu Christensen, Tanja Stevns
  • Maxmising Spatiail Potential: Spatial thinking modification and universal design for students with VI
    Mary Stylidi, Philippos Katsoulis, Maria Zeza

Room 5: Young Adults
Chaired by Elien Bellon
  • Professional training as a part of curriculum and its influence on employment
    Jana Loudová
  • Expedition ToP: Experiences of adolescents with visual impairments, their parents and professionals in promoting success in job participation.
    Judith Wijnen, Sabina Kef and Bella van Erp
  • Status of the specialist additional curriculum in the UK and outcomes for learners
    Sue Keil, Rory Cobb, Rachel Hewett and Graeme Douglas
  • On the threshold of adulthood
    Annica Winberg

Room 6: Adults
  • Let me keep it safe!
    Bert Veneberg, Leo Koopman, Mark Noorlander, Hans van Stam, Antoon van der Kamp, Serge Willemsteijn, Vincent Zijffers and Angelique Koelewijn
  • My dog, my freedom: representations of the visually impaired and professionals
    Angélique Mouton, Stéphanie Demartin and Sarah Velghe
  • Employability of visually impaired persons: jobs tailored to the disability or 'the sky is the limit'?
    Bart Verdickt

Room 7: Adults
  • The benefits of accessible theatre programmes on students with moderate and severe visual impairment
    Judit Gombas, Erika Anita Baráth, Beáta Prónay, János Zalán and Cecília Tóth
  • The DogSim lost his legs
    Peter Lasaroms, Hans Damm and Anita Lasaroms
  • Time awareness in individuals with MDVI
    Emma Heitbrink, Joost Hartveldt, Dick Lunenborg and Maaike Meerlo
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Session II
Room 1:
  • Stimulating social contact between blind children and their sighted peers through playing together at regular kindergarten (age 5-6 year)
    Moderator: Tiene Vanreybrouck

Room 2:
  • Sex and relationship education. "How to use the Sex Kit"
    Moderator: Emma Van Damme

Room 3:
  • Creating universal accessible text documents
    Moderator: Pieter Brabant
    Chaired by Charlotte De Smet

Room 4:
  • Self concept and future concept and visual impairment
    Moderator: Tine Vanhauwaert
    Chaired by Piet De Baere

Room 5:
  • Can smartphones and tablets replace dedicated assistive devices?
    Moderator: Jeroen Baldewijns

Room 6:
  • Building mutual framework of quality educational services offering for individuals with MDVI and Deafblind in Europe/Eurasia region
    Moderator: Perkins International

Room 7:
  • Geocaching with and for visually impaired children and young adults
    Moderator: Marten van Doorn
    Chaired by Elien Bellon

Wednesday 5/07/2017

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote lecture by
Mrs. Kristen Layton, Director of strategy, Innovation and Learning Perkins International

Quality of Life for All:
A Big Idea for Including Children with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities in School, Family and Community

10:30 – 12:30 Parallel Session III: Oral Presentations
Room 1: Early Childhood
Chaired by Mieke Vandorpe
  • Setback in development in young children with blindness? A systematic review and implications for practice
    Ans van Eijden, Ellen van den Broek, Ans Withagen and Mathijs Vervloed
  • The young blind child: developmental Assessment
    Griet Pattyn and Katrien Perneel
  • The Pearl - a preschool encouraging independence and participation
    Agneta Westman and Lena Lindbom

Room 2: School Age
Chaired by Sonia Meys
  • Tough Talks: talking to children about sight loss
    Sarah Holton, Robert Caswell, Rachel Pilling and Rachel Hewett
  • "See?", psycho-education for visually impaired school aged children
    Yvonne Kruithof
  • EDUCARE, Behavioural problems in connection to visual impairments
    Myriam van Hees
  • Quality at the end of life of visual impaired children: impact on and role of a physician
    Katrien Keppens

Room 3: Adults
  • Hearing aids for people with deafblindness and intellectual disabilities: a multidisciplinary approach
    Ingrid Korenstra
  • Stimulating communication in individuals with deafblindness using an intersubjective developmental perspective
    Saskia Damen
  • Using my feet- A description of the use of guide lines by an adult women with congenital deafblindness inside her house
    Marjo van Welbergen, Nathalie Lentink, Peter Peek and Mijkje Worm

Room 4: School Age
  • Individualised augmentative communication for individuals with autism, intellectual disability and visual impairment: Interpretation an implementation of the ComFor-V results
    Petra Hagen-Geerts, Jarymke Maljaars, Kristien Hermans, Roger Verpoorten, Ina van Berckelaer-Onnes and Ilse Noens
  • A model of national education system for multiply disabled, visually impaired children
    Zeynep Nazan Baykan
  • Online e-Learning tool for MDVI learners
    Dick Lunenborg

Room 5: School Age
Chaired by Emma Vandamme
  • Behavioural change: inclusion or exclusion? A dilemma for educators
    Elaine Gilmour
  • Approaching the person through the disability
    Albert Ruf
  • Biblus - A digital library for alternate formats
    Lars Ballieu Christensen and Tanja Stevens
  • Improving access to external examinations for students with vision impairment in the United Kingdom
    Rory Cobb and Sue Keil

Room 6: Young Adults
  • Direct braille printing of standard documents made easy
    Niels van Weele and Björn Löfstedt
  • A teaching framework for the teaching of a second/foreign language to learners with visual impairment
    Aikaterini Athanasiadou

Room 7: Adults
  • Improving the quality of life for individuals with multiple disability and visual impairment by reaching out to other caretakers
    An Verellen and Claudine Martens
  • Prevalence of psychiatric and/or additional disorders in adults who are visually impaired
    Marit van Buijsen, April Boessen, Uta Roentgen, Peter Verstraten and Luc de Witte
  • What you can expect from the European Directive on accessible websites
    Bart Simons
  • Mental management: contribution to improving the quality of life in support of occupational therapy
    Florence Terrier and Stéphanie Demartin

Thursday 6/07/2017

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote lecture by
Dr. Elke Wagner, Vice-principal of Tilly-Lahnstein-Schule - Vocational Schools Nikolauspflege, Stuttgart, Germany

Quality of life!
How can we, as service providers, support youths and young adults who are blind or visually impaired on their path to independence and well-being as well as social and vocational participation?

10:30 – 12:30 Parrallel Session IV: Oral Presentations
Room 1: Early Childhood
Chaired by Mieke Vandorpe
  • iPad aplications for children with visual and multiply impairment - The family of EDA PLAY Apps
    Alice Pexiederová, Martina Vaňkátová and Markéta Skalická
  • The success of a new conference organization methodology
    Elena Gastón López

Room 2: School Age
Chaired by Mieke De Pourcq
  • Spatial thinking and Visually Impaired students: an educational program of intervention
    Maria Zeza, Philippos Katsoulis and Mary Stylidi
  • The Spatial Representations Workshops: methods to develop skills and acquire autonomy
    Mikhael Poznanski and Laurent Vincent
  • How 3d printing can support and help children with VI in education
    Ruben Brandsma and Eric Velleman
  • Teaching mathematics and music to blind and partially sighted learners through knowledge and technology
    Tanja Stevns and Lars Ballieu Christensen

Room 3: School Age
  • Children suspected of CVI: Structured way of observation children between 2,9 months and 12 years and the use of uniform observation lists, material and reporting templates
    Nicole Scheirens
  • Sensitization about Cerebral Visual Impairment. The Cerebral Visual Impairment awareness program
    Lore De Deyne, Martine Dierckxsens and Emma Vandamme
  • Cerebral visual impairment and teaching packs
    Eric van Heuvelen
  • Empowering dialog in classrooms: Challenges and needs of teachers of students with visual impairments in Turkey
    Mehmet Cihan and Kubra Akbayrak

Room 4: School Age
  • Visual ability in multiply impaired children with cerebral palsy
    Ana Katusic, Snjezana Seitz, Tatjana Petrovic Sladetic and Sonja Alimovic
  • The Visual data sheet, detailed information from visual disabilities and it's impact on daily life
    Jessica Moens
  • The effect of rehabilitation using Yoga elements on visual functioning in young adult with multiple disabilities and visual impairment‚ Case Study
    Martina Sedlar
  • Tactual Profile - The development of the MDVI version
    Ans Withagen, Anneke Blok, Wieneke Huls, Ineke Jacobs, Marij de Lange, Nanouk Scheening1and Miranda Zwijgers

Room 5: Young Adults
Chaired by Claudine Martens
  • Transition from adolescence to adult life
    Riet Gyselbrecht, Arlette Vermeire and Kathleen Deweerdt
  • Transition from youngster to early adulthood in different aspects of life
    Eva De Stecker and Sharon Deprez
  • The linkage between self-determination and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with a visual impairment
    Eline Heppe, Sabina Kef and Carlo Schuengel

Room 6: Adults
  • Methodology of the training "Passeur de sens"©: accessibility in the cultural and touristic fields to improve quality of life
    Stéphanie Demartinu and Sophie Hamaide
  • Advising assistive technology in the era of Universal Design
    Jeroen Baldewijns
  • Non-verbal communication: Thoughts and experiences among persons with blindness
    Tina Björk
  • The online Digital Lifebook: a communication aid for the MDVI
    Dick Lunenborg and Maaike Meerlo

Room 7: School Age
Chaired by Emma Vandamme
  • How do students use braille and synthetic speech while reading, comprehending and processing mathematical tasks?
    Annemiek van Leendert, Michiel Doorman, Johan Pel, Paul Drijvers and Johannes van der Steen
  • ‘Then I can read faster and make less mistakes' - Children with reading difficulties reporting on the influence of environmental factors on their reading performance
    Sonja Breitenbach
  • Who needs to know what? - A study to differentiate between the knowledge of TVI and mainstream school teachers in the inclusive education system
    Marie-Luise Schütt
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Session III
Room 1:
  • Visual functioning of babies and young children with visual impairment or multiple disability and visual impairment: how to assess?
    Moderator: Myriam Callemeyn
    Chaired by Mieke De Pourcq

Room 2:
  • Recognizing symptoms of posterior cortical atrophy
    Moderator: Greetje Koevoets

Room 3:
  • WerkWijzer A methodology for supporting people with visual impairment in combination with an autism spectrum disorder whether there is also another constraint such as intellectual disability
    Moderator: Ellie Verstappen
    Chaired by Emma Vandamme

Room 4:
  • Reflections on how to foster better ‘Quality of life’ for the person with Congenital Deaf Blindness
    Moderator: Veerle Vanthuyne

Room 5:
  • Daisy player: The bigger picture
    Moderator: Piet Verstraete

Room 6:
  • Independence through quality braille training
    Moderator: John Heilbruun

Room 7:
  • Once up on a time ...ME and THE OTHERS!
    Moderator: Violaine van Cutsem
    Chaired by Charlotte Desmet

Friday 7/07/2017

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote lecture by
Mr. Peter Verstraten, Programme Manager Knowledge & Expertise Robert Coppes Foundation

30 years of care and rehabilitation of visually impaired adults and older people

Posters Presentations

P01Counseling children and adolescents with visual impairment and multiple problems: topics, methods, and adjustments
Karolien Bex
P02Tactual Profile, MDVI
Ans Withagen, Anneke Blok, Wieneke Huls, Ineke Jacobs, Marij de Lange, Nanouk Scheening and Miranda Zwijgers
P03Visually impaired people in Aruba: a shift in networks, identity and respect in everyday life in a small-scale community
Mieke de Droog
P04Aetiologies of cerebral visual impairment in mainstream secondary education
Katrien Keppens, Rita Patteeuw, Anne-Leen Vandamme and Mieke De Pourcq.
P05Motor development and (early) intervention in blind babies, toddlers and children
Lieve Dewerchin and Katrien Keppens
P06Problems in orientation and mobility in children with cerebral visual impairment
Emma Van Damme, Mieke De Pourcq and Katrien Keppens
P07Rising prevalence of cerebral visual impairment in mainstream secondary education calls for a different approach
Mieke De Pourcq, Anne-Leen Vandamme, Emma Vandamme, Rita Patteeuw and Katrien Keppens
P08Nano’s Mischief
Romana Chalupová and David Najbrt
P09Bookbox: a Story with 3D printed Tactile Plates
Griet Pattyn, Mieke Vandorpe and Sofie De Leener
P10Families with a visual impaired child: integrating visual stimulation into daily life
Katrien Perneel, Mieke Vandorpe, Bastiaan Thijs and Patricia Delbeke
P11Care binder for parents regarding (social) administration
Kim Maeseele, Stefanie Maeghe and Myriam Callemeyn
P12‘Regarding the future’. Inspirations for and by people with a visual impairment
Lorenzo Billiet, Debbie Claus, Eva De Stecker, Sarah De Ruyck , Heidi Deknudt , Sonia Meys and Marieke Weckhuyzen
P13The effects of exercise training programs in physical condition and mood disorders of visually impaired elderly people. A pilot study
Maria Tsekoura, E. Billis, E. Tsepsis and P. Leatsakou
P14 New techniques and methods in working with multidisabled visually impaired students at “Prof. Dr. Ivan Shishmanov”Special School for Visually Impaired Students
Yana Raeva and Julieta Petkova
P15The benefits of specialized care for persons with congenital dual sensory loss
Wanda Frederiks and Caro Verlouw - Mooij
P17CVI camp for children with cvi, from 8 to 12 years
Nicole Scheirens and Elke Spans
P19Visual demands of augmentative and alternative communication
Friederike Hogrebe
P20 Dance therapy session as part of universal design for learning - "Body in Motion"
Ivan Macokatic
P21"Challenges relating to blindness and low vision- teaching first language"
Nora-Marcia M. Schiopu
P22Developing an online community of practice with professionals working with adults who are visually impaired and have psychiatric disorders
Lisanne Teunissen, Uta Roentgen, Marit van Buijsen, Peter Verstraten and Luc de Witte
P24Realization of life habits in adults with visual impairment
Ksenija Stanimirov, Branka Jablan and Aleksandra Grbović
P28Lighting for people with low vision, our approach
Steven Breughe
P30The First Steps Project
Janja Hrastovšek, Sonja Furtomanova, Tatjana Medved
P31Creative occupation center for children with visual impairment
Menelaos Tsaoussis
P33Impact of ICT on social interactions in secondary mathematics classrooms: the case of students with a visual impairment
Mathieu Gaborit, Minna Puustinen, Dominique Archambault and Nathalie Lewi-Dumont
P34Experiences of parents and professionals of children suffering from Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
Bert Veneberg, Erik Olsman , Claudia van Alfen and Dorothea Touwen
P36 Play and social interaction augmented by a smart toy in children with visual impairments
Suzanne Verver

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