picture of the second online conference concerning virtual reality

The second online conference, will be held on January 26th, 2023 from 14:00 to 16:55 CET.

The programme is now fixed. Once again, the project team has succeeded in finding competent speakers who will present their experiences regarding VR. Even two speakers from the USA will contribute their experiences on this topic.

Interesting subjects will again be addressed in this conference. For example, experiences from the use of VR in mobility training and the design of accessible VR applications will be presented.

Participation is free of charge and can be entered with Zoom:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88321081106?pwd=QmN1ZkROcXhpYW9IUUhKa3I4WWtRZz09

Meeting ID: 883 2108 1106
Passcode: 320703

Programme

Time  Subject Speaker and Organisation
14:00-

14:10

 

Welcome – Opening of the Conference Emanuela Zaimi

Head of Projects, The Austrian Association in support of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Vienna, Austria

14:10-

14:30

Virtual Reality in O&M learning Mr. Timo Repo and Mrs. Outi Lappalainen

Valteri – Centre for Learning and Consulting /Finland

14:35-

14:55

PC Virtual LAB Mr. David Checa

Universidad de Burgos /Spain

15:00-

15:20

Making VR Games Accessible and Inclusive Mrs. Flavia Mazzanti

Mr. Manuell Bonell

Immerea/ Austria

15:30 –

16:00

 

Break
16:00-

16:20

Non-Verbal Non-Visual Social Interactions in VR Mr. Brandon Biggs

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

/USA

 

16:25-

16:45

Non-visual Information for Accessible VR Mr. Aaron Gluck

Clemson University /USA

16:50-

17:10

X-Road project for VR mobility training Mrs. Lauren ThevinUniversité Catholique de l’Ouest /France
17:15-

17:30

 

Closing Remarks Juergen Huellen

BFW Düren, project coordinator

Positive Looking International Conf-Shop logo

Positive Looking International Conf-Shop logo

Together with the director of Positive Eye, Gwyn McCormack, a UK company that specialises in training professionals working with children with VI, our Icelandic member (the Icelandic National Institute for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Deafblind) is hosting, on October 27-28th 2023, the first Positive Looking Conf-Shop (combination of a conference and workshop).

The Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme is widely used across the UK, the USA and other countries, including Iceland. This event brings together professionals who are successfully using the programme or are interested in using it, to promote and include the development of visual skills across the curriculum with children and young people with VI / CVI / complex learning needs.

The purpose of the Conf-Shop is to share best practice, ideas and approaches linked to the delivery of the Positive Looking programme.

To participate in this event and learn more about how Positive Looking is working so successfully to make a difference to children and young people with VI, visit this link:

https://positiveeye.co.uk/our-products/positive-looking-international-conf-shop/

ENVITER webinar logo

Photo of a child, playing with a teapot

 

“Since I am unable to come to the room, the room must come to me”

On January 12th, 2023, from 04:00pm to 05:00pm CET, ENVITER will have its first webinar of the year, this time about Active Learning.

Active Learning is an intervention for children and grown-ups who are – due to their impairments -, not able to explore their environment with their hands, feet, or body. They learn to be a passive rather than active participant, waiting for adults to provide activity rather than seeking it out on their own. We see this kind of behaviour mostly by young children with severe visual impairments, and by people with PIMD (profound intellectual and multiple disabilities) and visual impairments.

Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners.

In this webinar we will tell you more about Active Learning, and how this intervention challenges persons to make physical contact with materials and objects in their nearby space.

The webinar will be developed by Martien Rienstra, from our Royal Dutch Visio member. In order to participate, you need to enroll using this form. A few days before the webinar, we will send you a Zoom Link with the necessary information.

detail photo of an eye

detail photo of an eye

We can contribute!
The University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium) are collaborating in the development of a tool to map the functioning of people with visual loss. They are conducting a worldwide research that can make a big difference in the near future for blind and visually impaired people around the globe.
And they need our help!
Their online survey is part of a broader research into the development of an International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core set for people with vision loss. A core set tries to map the factors that influence the quality of life and describe what is relevant for functioning.
Blind and visually impaired people experience problems in different areas of daily life. In particular, they face a reduction in activities associated with participation in society, religion, mobility, recreation and visual tasks. How a person experiences vision loss varies depending on personal and environmental factors and will be interpreted differently for everyone. It will negatively affect the degree of independence, the ability to participate in daily life and the quality of life. In addition, this target group has an increased risk of social isolation, depression and falls.
That is why they would like to receive input from persons with vision loss as well as from professionals, so they have two different online questionnaires:
– Persons with vision loss can participate by clicking on this link: https://lnkd.in/g3vccvma
– And professionals by using this link: https://lnkd.in/gVKjbgQb
The entered data will be processed anonymously and can never be linked to you as person.

Resulting from a close collaboration in The Netherlands between Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Royal Dutch Visio, Bartiméus, Oogvereniging, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Studio Z and expert users, a video was developed as a mean to support good practices to develop Inclusive Online Meetings. In this video, special attention is paid to the question of how you can have a good and effective online meeting if one of the participants has a visual impairment. The video provides concrete suggestions and tips. It can also be used as a guideline: ‘meeting rules’ in an hybrid form of education.

You can find this video in its English version here: https://youtu.be/HL-Ub0ghJv8

This ressource is a research outcome of a project on the impact of the COVID-19 regulations on the wellbeing of persons with a visual impairment and deafblindness and was presented in ENVITER’s last General Meeting, in Angers, by Mijke Hartendorp, one of the researchers involved.

If you are interested in further collaboration or exchange about this topic, please feel free to contact us through our contact form, refering the subject “Inclusive Online Meetings” in your message.

This year, the theme was 3D, on October 25 and 26.

Over the two days, the Berufsförderungswerk Düren was the location of an advanced training course for nine colleagues from seven European countries. These colleagues are trainers from seven European educational institutions for people with visual impairments. The topic of the training was the production of tactile teaching materials for blind students using 3D printing . The highly condensed course, focused on the operation of 3D printers, as well as the basics of design using CAD software.

All participants were surprised that the operation of a 3D printer is relatively simple. The motivation of the participants to use this technology in their companies was correspondingly high.

The 3D printing technology is regularly covered in the media. The possible applications of this technology seem limitless and are increasingly finding their way into the private sphere, e.g. for upcycling of everyday objects or the production of spare parts that are no longer available. 3D printers are becoming more and more powerful and user-friendly and are now affordable for everyone. In fact, 3D printing offers many advantages for many creative home- and model makers. In the field of education for people with visual impairments, tactile teaching materials can be produced easily and affordably.

However, there is still a prevailing opinion that 3D printing can only be done by IT specialists and technicians.

This introductory course aimed to provide answers to these very questions. Contents of the course were:

    • Private application areas of 3D printing
    • Different 3D printing processes and materials
    • Costs and effort
    • Advantages of 3D printing compared to conventional manufacturing methods
    • Obtaining parts from databases, 3D scanning and design
    • Demonstration of various printing processes
    • Practical operation of a 3D printer
    • Basic construction with Autodesk Fusion360

This trainng event was held by our member BFW Düren (Germany) with the support of ENVITER. To have a 360° view on the training area, where the course is taking place: Click here

Once a year, we wish our member’s professionals to meet so they can have a training experience usually focusing on content about new and innovative methodologies, practices and tools that often resulte from our projects. It is a perfect time to exchange ideas, train our professionals, create some links between them and develop smaller internal networks of specific professionals working in the same areas.

Trieste Gate

This year, Trieste (Italy) was the host city of ENVITER’s annual Blue Sky Meeting (BSM).

On September 20th and 21th, our members met at The Regional Institute Rittmeyer for the Blind to brainstorm about ideas for project proposals and develop constructive workshops.

These annual BSM are developed with the financial support of the network itself, sponsoring the involvement of a person per member and this way promoting the opportunity to meet together and to take part in the growth of ENVITER, by encouraging work on new project topics and proposals for submission for funding.

Came and join us in 2023!

Group photo in GM Angers, 2022

We had a wonderful meeting! After 2,5 years and the serious pandemic times, we had our first General Meeting in person in Angers on 12 to 14 April.

From 14 different European countries,  17 member organisations could attend the meeting with 32 participants. The meeting was organised by the Institute Montéclair of VYV 3 Pays De la Loire.

Our current president and former president, during the celebration of the 20th anniversary

Beyond our general meeting, this occasion was very special, because our network celebrated its 20th anniversary. Thanks to our former president Mr. Francis Guiteau, who is the current deputy mayor in Angers, the members were invited for an official ceremony to the Hotel de Ville d’Angers.

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

This year the main topic was “Positive side effects of covid on inclusion of VI people” – Good Practices, Opportunities, Future Plans, Takeaways”

We had 6 presentations:

  1. Mijke Hartendorp: The impact of the Covid-19 measures on the psychosocial well-being of persons with blindness, low vision and deafblindness: Lessons learnt and solutions (Saxion Hogeschool and Visio, The Netherlands)
  2. Ramona Ionela Mureşan and Elisabeta Pintilie: Tools and Activities for Social Inclusion Examples of Good Practice in the Teaching of Visually Impaired Students in the Context of Covid (Highschool for the Visually Impaired Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  3. Juergen Huellen: At the crossroads between progress in digitisation and methodological feasibility (BFW Dueren Germany)
  4. Dorthe Marie Degn: Positive side effects of covid on inclusion of VI people (IBOS, Denmark)
  5. Margherita Anselmi: Positive sides of covid situation for people with visual impairment (UICI Ascoli Piceno Italy)
  6. Agnes Somorjai: Bread online – good practices in vocational training during distance learning (School for the Blind Budapest, Hungary)
During the Conference, one of our members presenting their experience

The last day was dedicated to projects and future collaborations. We talked about the new ways of funding, the EU accreditation process and about project proposals and also prepared the upcoming Blue Sky Meeting and the next Summer Course.

All the participants emphasized the importance of personal meetings. Beyond the professional work we had time for informal talks as well, and could really feel the dynamism and strength of our network.

Happy birthday ENVITER!

General Meeting Logo yellow

General Meeting Logo

Pleased to announce our 2022 annual Conference, hosted by vyv3 in Angers, France, on Wednesday 13th April 2022.

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:

“Positive side effects of COVID on inclusion of VI people: good practices, opportunities, future plans, takeaways”

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

Abstracts:

  • Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 10th March 2022
  • 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.

Visio CVI instrument logo

Visio CVI instrument logo

Increasing the quality of care, and the quality of life for people with Cortical Visual Impairement (CVI) is something professionals worldwide endeavour.

This webinar, presented by Femke van der Veer, from Visio (the Netherlands) on June 17th 2021, aimed to give its participants more insight into CVI and the implications on daily life as well as introducing Visio’s instrument “CVI in the Picture”.