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Interdisciplinary cooperation between various disciplines in support of clients with visual impairments is not easy. Therefore rehabilitation centers, schools and institutions for care for visually impaired and blind people do need a general conceptual framework. One international, interdisciplinary framework for that is the ICF of the WHO.
However, it is not so simple to find a practical way to use this model in support of people with visually impairment. For that aim you need a selection and adaptation of the ICF, a method and manual how to use it, assessments tools etc. specific for the support of our clients.
In the last 20 years we developed in our organization Royal Dutch Visio (1) such an interdisciplinary, ICF-based method and a manual under the umbrella term Visual Profile. We developed, in cooperation with the University of Groningen (2), instruments for assessment and for observation. In the method Visual Profile we combine professional judgments with self-evaluations of the client. We also use an approach of low vision from different, related perspectives: (1) participation and activities, (2) body function and structure, (3) disease or disorder, (4) environmental factors and (5) personal factors. The method Visual Profile enables to set up an interdisciplinary support diagnosis with insight into the client’s visual problems, aims of rehabilitation, care or education and actions to reach the optimal participation. As a result of that approach we use a new working definition of low vision, in which ocular visual impairment (OVI) as well as cerebral visual impairment (CVI) gives access to rehabilitation and special education.
In the training we will rehearse the ICF model and shall explain the model of Visual Profile. Apart from the theoretical framework we shall practice with some client case-stories. Guest speakers will present their state of the art in using ICF and Visual Profile in research, case studies, implementation and practical support.
Please Note that the number of participants is limited to 35 - 40 persons mainly depending on the sharing of rooms. There is a sequence of subscription.
Hans Welling and Gerti Jaritz
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