Professor Gordon Dutton - Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University, Patron and Advisor of the CVI Society. Professor Dutton is an international authority on the subject of cerebral visual impairments. He is in great demand as a speaker internationally on CVI.
Mr Richard Bowman - Consultant Ophthalmologist Great Ormond Street, Specialising in Neuro-Ophthalmology and running CVI Research projects, Advisor to the CVI Society. Richard has been working as a consultant ophthalmologist since 2002 with particular interests in paediatric ophthalmology, paediatric cataract, strabismus, nystagmus and neuro-ophthalmology (paediatric and adult) and cerebral visual impairment. Richard is actively involved in teaching and training. He is fellowship director for the Great Ormond Street Ophthalmology Department and an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health. Having worked for many years in Africa, he gained experience in high volume surgery and maintains a strong interest in training and service delivery in the developing world. He is a part time senior lecturer at the International Centre for Eye Health. Richard is active in clinical research and has published nearly 60 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and speaks regularly at international meetings.
Kendall Cowle, Kendall is a visual artist who is about to undertake PhD studies. She has CVIs herself and was unaware she had the condition until she was 21.
Dr Naomi Dale, Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability at UCL GOSH Institute of Child Health, Naomi Dale is the Lead/ Principal Investigator of the multidisciplinary research lab undertaking scientific projects investigating the neuroscientific, visual, developmental and psychological aspects of children with congenital visual disorders and visual impairment.
Samantha Hale, Samantha is a Partner at Simpson Millar Law, based in their Bristol office. She specialises in Education and Community Care, representing families, children and young people with appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in relation to EHCPs and discrimination, securing suitable home to school transport, children out of school, admission and exclusion appeals, securing provision of social care and more.
Suzanne Little, Trustee, The CVI Society Trustee, CVI Scotland Associate, collaborating in CVI Research projects. Suzanne Little is a specialist teacher of 25+ years experience, working with children with multiple disabilities and profound or severe cerebral visual impairments. She has developed a single sense colour tent system for ’Opening the Door ’ to the mind for these young people. Its value is to offer and enable visual awareness often for the first time. ISuzanne is working with teachers who value using tents to increase awareness and offer empowerment for these children. A paper discussing colour tents was co-authored with Professor Gordon Dutton and published in the British Journal of Visual Impairment in 2015. A small practice study was completed in 2018 with Rachel Pilling Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Bradford Hospital and a paper is due to be published. Future practice studies are being planned with parents and teachers.
Hanna Sakki, Researcher in CVIs.
Debra Westgate - Advanced Independent Occupational Therapist, Sensory West Ltd, Debra is an Advanced Children’s Occupational Therapist and a member of the Sensory Integration Network and the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She works as aconsultant for the National Autistic Society and as an Independent Practitioner. She specialises in working with children who have sensory integration difficulties affecting behaviour, self care and access to education.
Cathy Williams, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bristol, Specialising in Neuro-Ophthalmology and running CVI Research projects. See www.thecviproject.co.uk to find out more about a major project she is involved in at present.
Last but far from least:
Sophie Tennison and Art Oakes, CVI Society Young Ambassadors.
A young person with CVIs.
A parent of a child with CVIs.
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