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Sensnet is a two-year project in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. Composed by 7 partners from Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, France, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

The largest cause of sensory impairments is the ageing process with over 60s. Rising life expectancy and increasing numbers of older people in the population in Europe means a growing number of individuals are affected by visual and hearing impairments. A key challenge related to the quality of life of older people with impairments is the training and skills of the professionals working in care services addressed for this specific target group.

The organizations participating in Sensnet belong to any of the European networks Enviter and Hipen and have collected information about the concrete learning needs of the professionals working with ageing people with sensory impairments.

On September 29th the Sensnet project group presented the intellectual outcomes so far, to Enviter in Düren, Germany. Sensnet has made a methodological guide which describes how the modules are assembled. In addition to the methodological guide to online courses, there is also a how-to guide for writing a guide for the modules.

In the project, Sensnet is building a platform on the internet, where the modules will come. During the presentation of Sensnet in Düren they’ve showed a part of the platform. Hopefully, in the future, the modules originate from Sensnet will be on the EASI platform, The European Academy for Sensory Impairments.

During the week of September 25th to 29th, ENVITER Network members encountered for the 3 days annual meeting, this year held in Germany, hosted by the BFW Düren.

This working week included the usual Annual General Meeting – where a new Board was elected – but also two days for conferences: first, a day dedicated to medical and technical aspects in education of people with visual impairment and a second day conference about two current ERASMUS+ projects – SensNet and VAPETVIP. During this week, also several workshops about proposals and future projects were conducted.

From the 25th – 29th June 2017 Vision2017, the 12th International Conference by the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR) was to be held in The Hague – The Netherlands. The congress theme: Low vision rehabilitation, a global right. Enviter member Bláithín Gallagher was attending the conference on behalf of Enviter.

Ruben Koman (Royal Dutch Visio) interviewing Bláithín Gallagher at Vision2017 (YouTube):

Bláithín: “Vision2017 was a fantastic conference attended by about 1000 people, researchers and practitioners in the field of vision science and rehabilitation from all over the world. Many had never heard of Enviter and were very interested in what we do.” The presentation of Enviter member Bláithín Gallagher at the InZicht symposium (a Dutch program to stimulate scientific research on health care, labor, education and rehabilitation for people with a visual impairment) gave her a wonderful opportunity to share information about Enviter to a packed audience. Bláithín: “There wasn’t even standing room left!” Coffee breaks and lunch times each day gave ample opportunities for networking. The prominent display of the Enviter banner in the exhibition area, together with the insert in participant packs placed knowledge about Enviter into the forefronts of the minds of all conference participants. For details about the symposium please go to the website of Vision2017.

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The Enviter Network is very pleased to announce our 2017 Annual Conference in Düren, Germany.
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.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations and/or for workshops, interactive sessions in the following thematic areas:

  • Assistive technology
  • Technical devices
  • Research

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


  • Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 25th August 2017
    (to be sent to:, or
  • Full papers must be presented in English.
  • These papers will be considered for publication on our website (EUNESIS)./li>
  • The presentation of the papers should be 20 minutes (including questions)

We also offer the opportunity for participation to people as presenters 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:
Agnes Somorjai ( )

Group photo in Plovdiv

Twenty member organisations from 16 countries gathered for the General Meeting and Conference of Enviter in September 2016. Enviter launched the European Academy on Sensory Impairments (EASI) in Plovidv, Bulgaria.

  • Phsychophysical aspects of low vision-training
  • The French program of labour for visual impaired people
  • A project on the combination of visual and physical impairments of adults and the elderly

Turkish guests gave a presentation about a project for visual impaired children. These children will be educated to become My Dream Companions.

Enviter members discussed about e.g. CVI International, Educare (an exchange programme) and I-Express (innovative assistive technology for multi disabled and visual impaired (MDVI)). The European Union is funding these projects.

EASI was launched at the meeting. The networks Enviter, Hipen and Francophone work together within the European Network for Sensory Impaired Solutions (EUNESIS), the ‘network of networks’. EUNESIS created EASI, with online e-learnings like:

  • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (6 languages)
  • Shared Space (EN)
  • Visual Functioning Level A (EN)
  • Anatomy of the visual system (EN)
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Visual Functioning Level B (EN)

The Enviter General Meeting and conference took place in Lisbon, November 2015. More than twenty members were invited by the Portuguese member Convida.

Many workshops and presentations were given by different members and partners of Enviter, including the following presentations:

  • Innovative Management / Dorthe-Marie Degn.
  • Networking as a way of being included / Valentina Di Luzio; Donatella Rudez; Elena Weber.
  • Network Convida / Aquilino Rodrigues.
  • Touchscreen Accessibility: From Tablets To Smartwatches / Tiago Guerreiro; Hugo Nicolau
  • European Intellectual Platform for Professionals in the Field of Typhlology: a Challenge and a Proposal / Augusto Deodato Guerreiro.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Trends 4 Visual Impairment for 2020 and Beyond (see the presentation on prezi (link is external) / Ruben Koman
  • Teach CVI/ Elfa Hermannsdottir; Roxana Cziker
  • The Project VOS: See, Hear and Sense/ Patrícia Santos; Sandra Barbosa
  • Training MDVI: Good Practices in SWW Munich/ Birgit Ernst, Helena Geith


The 15th International Mobility Conference (IMC15) welcomes the submission of abstracts related to the developments in orientation and mobility research and clinical intervention in the form of oral and poster sessions at the Conference that will be held from July 6-9, 2015 in Montréal, Canada.

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit an abstract of your latest scientific research or intervention project.

The abstract deadline is December 1, 2014.

We are glad to inform you that The 8th International Conference Special Education and Rehabilitation Today will be organized in Belgrade from 7th to 9th November 2014.

Conference topics:
• Early intervention in special education and rehabilitation
• Assessment techniques in special education and rehabilitation
• Treatment in special education and rehabilitation
• Behavioral disorders, addictive behavior, delinquency and crime:

    1. Prevention and early intervention
    2. Treatment and relapse prevention
    3. Overcoming physical and social barriers
    4. Assistive technology
    5. Accommodation and modification
    6. Institutional framework of protection people with disabilities

Call for abstracts:
Please click on the following link to submit an abstract:

Please click on the following link to read the instructions for writing abstracts:

Deadline for Abstract Submission:
The deadline for sending abstracts is 15th September 2014.
Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent by 22th September 2014.

Modes of Presentation:
Papers are to be presented orally or as a poster.
Ten-minute oral presentations will be followed by twenty-minute discussions at the end of each session.

Please click on the following link to apply for the Conference.

The registration fee is 120 EUR using middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the day of payment. Registration fee includes book of abstracts, book of proceedings, promotion material, access to all conference sessions, and refreshments during the conference.

The participants will be informed about the payment methods after submitting the applications for the Conference.

The costs of travel and accommodation are not included in the registration fee. For more information on accommodation and cultural events in Belgrade, please visit:

University of Belgrade
Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation
2 Visokog Stevana


20th – 21st November 2014 (Thursday – Friday)

Bratislava – Slovakia – Mercure Bratislava Centrum hotel

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  • Are you working with people with visual impairment?
  • Are you a researcher conducting research in the area of visual impairment?
  • Are you a teacher who wishes to get a deeper insight into the psychology of visual impairment?
  • Are you a professional working on interesting topics that you think might be interesting to share with others?

The ECPVI conference is designed for researchers, psychologists, health, social care and education professionals that have an interest in visual impairment.

To be able to participate on the conference it is necessary to fill in the registration form by 31st of August 2014. You are free to submit also your abstract; you can find all relevant information concerning registration under the following link:

Good-to-know details:

  • Registration fee: 80 Eur (includes: conference materials, coffee break, 2x lunch and 1x dinner)
  • Registration & abstracts submission deadline: 31th August 2014

For further information consult the conference web:

For any questions contact the conference team, please e-mail us.

3rd International SensAge Conference: 23 June 2014, King’s Manor, University of York, UK.

The theme for this, the 3rd Annual International SensAge Conference, was Promoting Active Participation by Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities. In the two previous Annual Conferences, themes had focused on the current state of knowledge in the field of Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities (2012), and on the Quality of Services and their Impact (2013).

In this news-item you will find the abstracts of the presentations at the conference, including the powerpoint presentations.

The Opening Keynote Speech, by Professor Helen Petrie of the University of York, explored the use of technology, and a number of speakers presented specific aspects, ranging from the necessity of good interior lighting to an example of a wide-ranging innovative eco-system.

The central role that technology has to play to enable greater independence and choice for the focus group was emphasised for people with hearing impairment, for those with visual impairment, for those with dual impairments and also for those who are deafblind.

This broad range of presentations can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

SensAge – – is a Network, and the Keynote Speech of the afternoon session was given by Ove Vedel Anderson of the Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues, with the intriguing title of “Go unto the Ant (and the Spider) and be Wise” – the Importance of Networking. And any Network should include the voice of the client group – Gordon Dryden of NCBI emphasised this in his presentation entitled Listening to Sensory Impaired Older People.

A key outcome of the SensAge Project, supported by the EC Lifelong Learning Programme, is the Knowledge Base, the reference point for everyone involved in the enablement and support of ageing peope with sensory disabilities. Created and developed by Royal Visio, the Conference was given an update about this, an update which took the form of a celebratio – SensAge has much to celebrate and, as the final session of the day highlighted, much to take forward and develop.

For further information, please visit or contact the Project Coordinator, John Harris.

Presentations at the conference, June 23 2014 (click at the weblinks):

– Conference Chair. Dr Bláithín Gallagher, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of York.

Introduction & Overview.

– Keynote speaker: Prof Helen Petrie Professor of Human Computer Interaction, University of York.

Using technology to promote active participation by older people.

-Ms Jeign Craig Vice President HIPEN.

A Perspective on Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities.

– Ms Stefana Cankova (EASPD).

Raising awareness on the topic of sensory impairments amongst elderly people. 


Visual Impairment Detection Program.

– Ms Marie Chantal WANET (INLB).

Development of a home-based eccentric viewing training program for clients with age-related macular degeneration through a researcher-clinician partnership.

-Keynote Speaker: Mr Ove Vedel Anderson Educational Consultant, Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues.

“Go unto the Ant (and the Spider) and be Wise”. The Importance of Networking.

– Ms Frouck De Boer, Royal Dutch Visio.

Good interior lighting facilitates the performance of daily activities (ADL) of the visually impaired in their homes.

– Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI.

Listening to Sensory Impaired Older People.

– Mr Jawad HAJJAM (France).
Léna, an open-innovation ecosystem.

Presentation projectmeeting, June 24 2014 (click at the weblink):

– Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI

Why SensAge?