Group photo of participants

Our 2024 annual meeting took place, this in year, from 16 to 18th of April in the fabulous Halle, by the river Saale, in Germany, hosted by our member BFW from the city.

With almost 60 participants from 25 of our members coming from 16 different European countries, this was one of the most attended General Meetings off all timer, for ENVITER.

The usual 3 full days dedicated to following your network goals had a balanced program that included presentations about ideas for future projects, our formal General Meeting and this year Conference on Wednesday subject to the theme Moving and Being Moved Towards Social Inclusion”, during which we had the following presentations:

  1. LOC.id, a Key to the Next Generation of Mobility, by Thomas Krämer (Berlin, Germany)
  2. EMVI app, by Henri De Vroey (Belgium)
  3. Project DIG.I.T.ABLE, by Alexandrina Kostova (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
  4. Objectification of Subjective Visual Stress – New Dynamic Measurement Methods in Optometry, by Anja Müller and Karina Jendrischik (Halle, Germany)
  5. People with Neurological Visual Impairments: An Insufficiently Cared For Group of Visually Impaired People, by André Kunnig (Halle, Germany)
  6. Increasing Knowledge among Caregivers about Providing Support to Persons with Autism and Vision Impairment, by Annie van den Heuvel (Vught, The Netherlands)
  7. Moving Towards Inclusion through European Mobility Projects, by Ramona Ionela Muresan and Elisabeta Pintilie (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

During these 3 there was also time to experience BFW Halle’s “Sensory World” (a space specially prepared to promote information and awareness regarding visual impairment) and the Halle Planetarium, with its very interesting and innovative work towards making Astronomy accessible to everyone.

Photo of some adapted materials for teaching Math

Photo of some adapted materials for teaching Math

Mathematics is a fundamental part of our daily lives. While maths is abstract, it is also a very visual subject. For people who are blind or visually impaired, numbers, equations, shapes, graphs and tables pose special challenges. With the right teaching methods, and given some extra time, many blind and visually impaired students are capable of doing mathematics at a level comparable to sighted students. A team of ou member Visio – and international experts, worked 3 years on this online document. It was coordinated by Visio International, part of the Knowledge and Expertise development department of Royal Dutch Visio.

The manual aims to provide maths – and other teachers who work with blind and visually impaired students with the skills and knowledge needed to help these learners achieve fluency in maths. It gives guidelines for how to adapt the curriculum and teaching methods for the blind or visually impaired students in the class. The manual focuses on the mathematics taught in secondary schools. It assumes that the students already have a knowledge of primary maths: numbers, arithmetic, clocks, 2- and 3-dimensional shapes, etc. For blind students, it assumes that they have already mastered the basics of braille. The book is based on Unified English Braille. It includes many links, practical examples and pays attention to different materials that can be used to teach mathematics to students with a visual impairment.

The manual can be downloaded using the link https://www.visio.org/visio.org/media/Visio/Afbeeldingen/Visio%20International/Teaching-Mathematics(print).pdf

More information: international@visio.org or petrawijen@visio.org

 

Photo of participants in this visit

Photo of participants in this visitOn 5th of April, our President and the network Coordinator visited our recent member organisation Valteri Center, in Helsinki (Finland).

Although the weather was very cold and frosty, their welcome was absolutely warm.

Thank you for your hospitality and looking forward to our future cooperation!

 

Photo of Halle city Center

Our General Meeting, hosted by our member BFW Halle (Germany), is coming very soon. Only a few more days to have our network gathered for 3 working days, from April 15th to 18th.

As usual, the second day will be Conference Day, and this year the theme is Moving and Being Moved Towards Social Inclusion”

Are you coming?

10th ICEVI european Conference logo

Once in every four years a European Conference in the field of people with visual impairments is organized by the International Council for Education and Rehabilitation of People with Visual Impairment, Europe Region (ICEVI-Europe), in cooperation with a host committee and local partners. 

ICEVI-Europe in cooperation with ENVITER member Robert Hollman Foundation proudly announce the milestone tenth European Conference in 2025. The 10th ICEVI-European Conference will be held from May 15 to May 17, 2025 at the Town Hall and University of Padova in Italy, thanks to the hospitality and collaboration of the Municipality of Padova and the University of Padova.

Join to actively take part in the exchange of knowledge and expertise and sharing of best practices within a network of people and institutions promoting the inclusion of people with visual impairment, as we explore this year’s theme: “Supporting children and young adults with visual impairment: What can we do? What can be done?”

The Conference, which will bring together hundreds of professionals from all over Europe, will focus on how support, using a multidisciplinary approach, can foster a better quality of life for children and young adults with visual impairment.  Presentations will be an opportunity to share experiences on four important areas of interest: individual development and assessment; education and learning; habilitation and rehabilitation; access, participation, engagement in society.  The final goal of the conference is the presentation of a Key Principles document provided to professionals who wish to offer a global approach which will support their work with children and young adults with visual impairment and their families.

For further information, you can access the Save the Date Flyer about this event and please regularly visit the official conference website: https://icevieurope2025-hollman.it/ which is now live and the website of ICEVI-Europe at www.icevi-europe.org
Group photo from this visit

Group photo from this visit

We had a great meeting, visiting our recent member from Ireland, ChildVision.  According to the hosts, they were delighted to receive the ENVITER President and Co-ordinator, Ms Elena Weber and Ms Agnes Somorjai for a two-day visit.

ChildVision joined ENVITER last year and is looking forward to continuing the co-operation with other European partners.

Photo above shows, from left to right:

  • Katharine Howe, Reading Services Manager, ChildVision
  • Elena Weber, ENVITER president
  • Geraldine Neill, Vision Services Development Manager, ChildVision
  • Agnes Somorjai, ENVITER co-ordinator
  • Ilka Stäglin, Director of Education, ChildVision
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General Meeting Logo

We are pleased to announce our 2024 annual Conference, hosted by the BFW Halle in Germany, on Wednesday 17th April 2024.

The purpose of our Annual Conference is to create an opportunity for professionals to share their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of vision impairment, focusing especially on innovative methodologies, practices and tools.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations in the following thematic area:

Moving and Being Moved Towards Social Inclusion”

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic area will be considered by the Board of ENVITER.

Abstracts:

  • Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 25th March 2024 (to be sent to:  coordinator@enviter.eu )
  • Full papers must be presented in English.
  • These papers will be considered for publication on our website.
  • The presentation of the papers should be 20-30 minutes (including questions)

We also offer the opportunity for participation to people as presenters, speakers or as members of the audience who are not from ENVITER member organisations, so please inform your colleagues from the VI field about our conference.

We hope you will be able to join us.

For more information, please contact us.

Photo by Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

Photo of the ENVITER and HIPEN Presidents, signing the agreement between the 2 networks

This year started for our Board with a physical meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, hosted by our Vinko Bek Center for Education member.

Between many subjects and decisions, especially concerning this year activities and events, it was the perfect opportunity to sign the Memorandum of Agreement between ENVITER and HIPEN (Hearing Impairment Professionals European Network).

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Another ENVITER Webinar, this time about “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Visual Impairment” was held through Zoom on November 28th.

The presentation by Laura Latour, from our IRSAM (France) member, was about her PhD research studies, which started with two general observations:

  • The high prevalence of ASD in Blind and Severely Visually impaired children: several studies estimate occurrence up to 30-50%…
  • Complexity of the ASD Diagnosis: overlapping of clinical signs + lack of tests adapted to these children.

You can access this presentation here.

The recording of this Webinar is available at ENVITER’s Youtube channel.

 

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Dear CVI professional,

 

We would like to know about your possible interest in establishing an ICEVI-Europe professional interest group on Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). Professional Interest Groups were established with the purpose of bringing together teachers, academics and professionals who work in the same specific field in order to exchange knowledge and experiences about the education and re/habilitation of people with visual impairments.

With this questionnaire we would like to map the organisations and persons who are supporting children and young adults with cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and to determine interest in setting up such a professional interest group.

We would appreciate if you could share this questionnaire that takes no longer than 10 minutes, with any other professionals who may also be interested in such a professional interest group.

Please go to: https://forms.office.com/e/Ae04ZMBqqZ to fill in the questionnaire.

It would be great if you could reply before 20 November 2023.

Many thanks in advance.

 

Marieke Steendam, Royal Dutch Visio

John Ravenscroft, University of Edinburgh

Frank Laemers, University of Education Heidelberg

Aukje Snijders, Royal Dutch Visio