On February 28th, from 04:00 to 05:00pm (Central European Time), Mr. Lorenzo Billiet, from our new Belgian Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde member presented the ENVITER webinar “Development of the ICF Core Set for Vision Loss”.
Presenting through Zoom to an audience of about 30 participants from different European countries, the goal of this webinar was to take a moment to reflect on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework and its development, including:
- The ICF framework and its use;
- What is a core set and its value for the practice;
- How does the development of a core set happen;
- The development of the core set vision loss.
This presentation was be part of a worldwide research that can make a big difference in the near future for blind and visually impaired people around the globe, resulting from the collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium), working together in the development of a tool to map the functioning of people with visual loss, that includes an online survey, 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.
And you can find more information about the different phases of the development of the core set in the invitation paper: “International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health core set for vision loss: A discussion paper and invitation”. (free accessible via: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/02646196211055954 )
If you wish to cooperate in this research, follow on of these links to the various surveys:
- survey for patients: https://forms.gle/5wTxs7LEngpLrduB6
- survey for professional healthcare experts (occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, teachers, physiotherapist, O&M trainers, low vision therapists, …): https://lowvisionresearchamsterdam.com/vragenlijsten/icf-core-set-english/