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4th ICEVI Balkan Conference

Istanbul – Turkiye, 22nd – 26th October 2008.

The conference theme is Recent Approaches & Future Challenges and the topic will be The Programs & Projects regarding the Visually Impaired and Visually Impaired with Additional Disabilities.

We are pleased to announce the 4th ICEVI Balkan Conference, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkiye on October 22 - 26, 2008, under the auspices of Ms. Dilek Sabanci and organized by the Turkan Sabanci School for the Blind. The school has been founded in Istanbul, Uskudar. Istanbul is Europe's most famous and populous city and it is also the most important cultural and financial center of the country. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province and has also been nicknamed “The City on Seven Hills” because the historic peninsula, the oldest part of the city, was built on seven hills. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. Istanbul was also chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010.

Conference aim

The aim of the conference is to stimulate a critical discussion about what kind of educational opportunities or difficulties the visually impaired and multi disabled children with visual impairment in Balkan Countries have. We also would like to address how important the inclusive education and pre-vocational and vocational training for VI and MDVI children. As same as we discussed at the past Balkan Conference’s, in Athens, Varna and Belgrade; we would like to note the importance of collaboration among the teachers, academics, specialists and the therapists who work with those children and also discuss the future perspectives and challenges.

Conference goal

The main goal of the conference is to explore; the basic concepts in the education of children with visual impairment and additional disabilities, how they are stated in national curriculums and what the frameworks and educational approaches are across Balkan Countries.
Through keynote lectures, parallel sessions, workshops, paper and poster presentations, we hope to address basic questions about the blind and MDVI’s education in Balkan Region of Europe.

Presentations – paper, poster, active, demonstrative

Presentations are invited around the following topics regarding both VI & MDVI children

  1. Educational policies, approaches and programmes,
  2. Inclusive education,
  3. Pre-vocational works and curriculums,
  4. Vocational training and rehabilitation,
  5. Curriculum and assessment,
  6. Early intervention and parents training,
  7. The different programs, schools and organizations across the Balkan Region,






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