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8th ICEVI European Conference on Education and Re/habilitation of people with visual impairment



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On behalf of the Host Committee,
Kind regards,
Z. Hale Aksuna, ICEVI Turkey Conract Person

Invitation by Mr. Hans Welling, Chairman ICEVI-Europe

Dear members of ICEVI-Europe, dear colleagues,

ICEVI-Europe can look back on a long tradition of conferences. We can be satisfied with that, especially now ICEVI-World emphasises regional conferences.
In connection with this, the world conferences will change of character and only 13 participants per region will be able to participate.

Therefore I gladly invite you to participate our 8th ICEVI European Conference in Europe, which will take place from June 30 to July 05, 2013 in Istanbul - Turkey.

More than ever, this conference aims to be a meeting place for all, who are involved in education, rehabilitation and care for people with a visual impairment or multidisabilities; parents, professionals, policymakers and governments. Everybody is invited to actively take part in this conference.

More or less contrary to previous conferences, this conference will explicitly pay attention per age category & to several fields, which have been worked out by the International Classification of Functioning, disability and health, ICF:

  • Visual system
  • Activities and participations
  • Environmental factors
  • Personal factors

These fields underlie the structure of the conference in the expectation that this will stimulate meetings between persons with the same interest.

Therefore it will be a meeting place which means that we have to make this conference together. We offer much opportunity to express one's ideas and wishes.
The Programme Committee is interested in receiving those.

The Host Committee cordially welcomes you in the beautiful and historically interesting Istanbul.

Hans Welling, Chairman ICEVI-Europe

Invitation by Mrs. Z. Hale Aksuna, Conference Host Chairperson

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 8th ICEVI-European Conference on Education and Rehabilitation of people with visually impairment, which is due to take place from June 30 to July 5 in Istanbul, Turkey.

All the professionals who serve people with visual impairment from infancy until old ages; namely ophthalmologists & other physicians, optometrists & low vision therapists, rehabilitation workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, early intervention workers, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, technological specialists, managers of organisations of and for people with V.I., policy makers and of course parents besides people with V.I. are expected to come together.

The aim of the conference is to share knowledge and best practices, to stimulate cooperation and creating networks in order to give the optimal service to the people with V.I. in any age and make them active and productive participants in community of daily life and full members of the society.

This conference will be based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the WHO. The programme will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions and workshops on scientific research and best practice, in regard to the areas of "Visual System", "Activities and Participation in Daily Life", "Environmental Factors" and "Special Factors". All these subjects are related to age groups, namely; 0-6 years, 7- 21 years, 22-60 years, 60 years and older.

Special interest group meetings will provide the opportunity to discuss special items, for example the interest group of Batten Disease, etc. In addition, it will be possible to have meetings of professional groups like psychologists, ergo therapists, O&M instructors, etc.

As usual, there will be meetings of the ICEVI sub regions and the General Assembly of ICEVI-Europe during the conference. Istanbul, the melting pot of continents and cultures over centuries will be an inspirational and excellent host . We welcome you to join us, in making this conference a successful memorable, informative and enjoyable meeting.

On behalf of the Host Committee,

Z. Hale Aksuna, Conference Host Chairperson

Organizing Committees

ICEVI - Europe Programme Committee

  • Hans Welling - ICEVI European Board (Chairperson) - the Netherlands
  • Z. Hale Aksuna - Conference Host Chairperson - Turkey
  • Betty Leotsakou - ICEVI European Board - Greece
  • Mary Lee - ICEVI European Board - UK. Scotland
  • Peter Rodney - ICEVI European Board - Denmark

Host Committee

  • Z. Hale Aksuna - Conference Host Chairperson, Turkey Contact Person - Fatih University, Psychology Department
  • Lokman Ayva - Beyazay Association Chairperson
  • Emine Ayyildiz - Turkey Contact person , MDVI lecturer
  • Songul Atasavun Uysal - Turkey Contact Person, Hacettepe University, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Unit of Occupational Therapy and Low Vision
  • Aylin �ift�i - General Director of Services for People with Disabilities and Aging in Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies
  • Mediha Omur - Fatih University, Psychology Department
  • Seyma Rodop - Fatih University, Psychology Department
  • Executive Staff of Beyazay Association - Halis Kuralay, Ilham Kahraman, Hatice Kubra Ozturk, Fevzi Durmus, Ismet Harman, Zeynep Ince, Eylem Ozen, Faruk Polat
  • Feyzullah Guler - Primary School Manager

Conference scheme

The goal and the idea of the conference is a European meeting place of professionals around some themes. ICF lies on the basis of the conference, see www.visualprofile.info

The conference will be organized and the presentations will be expected within the following framework.

  1. Visual system
    1. Ophthalmological and/or neurological disease/disorder
    2. Visual sensory functions
    3. Visual perception and cognitive factors
  2. Activities and Participation in daily life
    1. Learning and applying knowledge
    2. General tasks and demands
    3. Communication
    4. Movement
    5. Self Care
    6. Domestic Life Areas
    7. Interpersonal Interactions
    8. Major Life Areas
    9. Community, Social and Civil Life
  3. Environmental factors
    1. Products and technology
    2. Natural environment and human made changes to the environment
    3. Support and relationships
    4. Attitudes
    5. Services, systems and policies
  4. Personal factors
    1. Gender
    2. Age
    3. Other Health Conditions
    4. Coping style
    5. Social background
    6. Education
    7. Profession
    8. Past experience
    9. Character style

Important Deadlines

  • December 20, 2012 - submission of abstracts extended
    (prepare and submit your presentations depending on ICF)
  • January 31, 2013 - notification of acceptance
  • March 05, 2013 - prolonged early registration
  • April 30, 2013 - submission of full texts for proceedings
  • June 20, 2013 - late registration

Please feel free to get in contact about any questions via icevieurope2013@gmail.com

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