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Subject:

To Colour or Not to Colour: Reading Difficulties in Higher Education

From:

Penny Georgiou <[log in to unmask]>

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Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2007 16:12:41 +0000

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Apologies for cross posting: 
  
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: 
	  
	Needs Assessors 
	Disability Officers,   
	LEA Officers 
	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, 
	             "Old Cinema"  
	             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.  
	 
	Key Objectives:  
	  
	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.  
	 
	Programme:  
 
	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   
	Irlens UK 
	Tintavision  
	  
	Plenary and Discussion  
	  
	Close at  4pm 
 

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