CVI Convention 2019

Cerebral Visual Impairment Society Convention 2019

“Opening Doors”

15th November 2019 at Future Inns, Bristol

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gordon Dutton - Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University and  Patron CVI Society

Suzanne Little – Complex Needs Consultant. Suzanne has pioneered the use of colour tents to enable young people with the most severe CVIs to develop visual awareness and co authored a paper on the subject with Professor Gordon Dutton.

Speakers and Workshops:

  • Parent of a Child with CVIs
  • CVI Society Young Ambassadors, Art Oakes and Sophie Tennison
  • Presentation by  young person with CVIs, which shows the postive impact of ‘Opening Doors’
  • Mr Richard Bowman  - Consultant Opthalmologist Great Ormond Street, Specialising in Neuro-Opthalmology, running CVI Research projects
  • Kendall Cowle – Visual Artist who has CVIs
  • Dr Naomi Dale Associate Professor in Paediatric Neurodisability | Clinical Neurosciences | UCL Institute of Child Health
  • Samantha Hale Samantha is a Partner at Simpson Millar, based in their Bristol office, specialising in Education and Community Care Law
  • Hanna Sakki, PhD
  • Researcher in CVI
  • Debra Westgate - Advanced Independent Occupational Therapist, Sensory West Ltd
  • Cathy Williams - Consultant Opthalmologist Bristol Eye Hospital, Specialising in Neuro-Opthalmology and carrying out CVI research, leading The CVI Project
  • Samantha Hale,  Specialist in SEND Law and EHCP process, Partner at Simpson Millar Law
  • CVI Society Trustees

Please see Speaker Bios page at for more information

Convention Theme

The theme for this year’s convention is ‘Opening Doors’.  We will be exploring how ‘Opening Doors’ for those affected by CVIs enables us to break down the traditional mindsets which may prevent them from achieving their potential in all aspects of their lives.

The convention is a chance for people to learn from and ask questions of some of the leading experts in the field. It will also provide an opportunity for families of children with CVIs and people with CVIs to connect with each other and professionals, and for professionals to network with people who are interested in the field.

Please book early as last year we had to turn latecomers away as we were over subscribed.

Closing date Friday 4th October or earlier should all places be taken.

The convention will cost £20 for each parent or person with full parental responsibility or an individual with CVIs and £75 for professionals. This includes lunch and refreshments.

Book your delegate place now

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