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Following recent discussions on the issue of visual stress, a conference is now being convened to bring the debate to practitioners in Higher Education:
To Colour or Not to Colour: Reading Difficulties in Higher Education
This conference will be of particular interest to:
Educational Psychologists and others undertaking SpLD assessments,
Dyslexia (SpLD) Support Tutors,
Assistive Technology Trainers
More widely, the material will be of interest to anyone concerned with the question of how visual perceptual problems affect reading and learning.
Date: 5th June 2007,
Time: Registration 10am,
Conference opens 10:30am
Venue: University of Westminster,
Regent Street, London W1.
Underground: Oxford Circus
Admission Fee: £110 institutions £60 individuals There is a £10 discount for 'early' booking.
Conference Convener: Penny Georgiou
Conference Secretary: Shyama Joshi
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Tel: 020 7915 5427
Booking Form: http://www.wmin.ac.uk/ccpd/docs/tcncbf.doc <http://www.wmin.ac.uk/ccpd/docs/tcncbf.doc>
Conference organised with the support of the Central London Assessment Service and the North London Regional Access Centre.
1 - That needs assessors, working within the parametres of DSA funding, are well informed about how visual perceptual problems affect reading/learning. It is also necessary to be aware of the pros and cons of each of the referral pathways, in terms of delivering the most effective improvements in reading/study for students.
2 - That disability practitioners offering general advice students on support issues are similarly well informed. In this way, advice to students can be coherent and support the delivery of the most effective adjustments.
The day will be organised in terms of looking at both the science and the practice of delivering effective adjustments.
The morning session will host presentations of the medical and scientific approaches to the question of visual stress. (visual stress has been adopted as an umbrella term for issues related to colour and not colour: glare, flicker, convergence, accommodation etc.)
After lunch, presentations will be heard from service providers working directly with students in making adjustments to their reading and learning environments.
The day will close with a plenary session in order to summarise the necessary constituents of best practice.
Morning Session: 10:30am-12:45pm
Vision Science: Eye Care and Reading Difficulties in Perspective
Bruce Evans - Institute of Optometry
John Stein - University of Oxford -
Arnold Wilkins - University of Essex
Afternoon Session: 1:45pm- 3pm
Service Delivery - Students and Learning
Institute of Optometry
Plenary and Discussion
Close at 4pm