Visual impairment and deafblindness; a research and practice event

Thursday 23 April 2015, 10.00AM to 4.30pm

Speaker(s): Peter Simcock, Staffordshire University and Dr Parvaneh Rabiee, University of York

This event brings together the findings of two important studies; in the morning Parvaneh Rabiee of the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, will present “Vision Rehabilitation Services: what is the evidence?”. This recently completed study funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, looks at community-based rehabilitation services funded by local authorities. The overall aim of this study was to provide an overview of the evidence base for community- based vision rehabilitation services, exploring how these services are currently supporting people with visual impairment and what outcomes they are likely to achieve.

The study involved a literature review, workshops with professionals and rehabilitation service users, a national survey of local authorities and voluntary organisations providing rehabilitation services and in-depth qualitative research in three case studies.

The findings of this study are important in the light of the Care Act 2014 which requires local authorities to promote wellbeing and independence to prevent people reaching a crisis point and highlights the importance of specialist rehabilitation and assessment provision for people with visual impairment.

The research findings  are published at

After lunch we will move on to the area of deafblindness; described as a complex and severe impairment, with deafblind people considered some of the most vulnerable in society. Peter Simcock of Staffordshire University will draw on his research and practice experience to consider the importance of social work and social care for adults who are deafblind.

The afternoon session will explore this unique impairment and its implications for service users and social work practitioners. The workshop will also include opportunities to engage in practical activity related to communication methods used by deafblind people.

For Continuous Professional Development purposes we map our seminars against The College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework and The Health and Care Professionals Council Standards of Proficiency.

You may therefore find this document helpful for your CPD recording.

For subscribing organisations this event is designated an Adults Services events.

For others there is a fee of £95.

Bursaries are available for students, staff and service users, as well as for volunteers from voluntary groups, community groups and charities; please ask for details.

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Communication support is available at this event; please discuss your requirements with us in advance.

Location: Conference Suite, Innovation Centre, Science Park, University of York