UCL and Vision UK Dementia and Sight Loss Conference

Date: 22 Jun 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:15 pm

FREE tickets are now available to a conference that will consider the challenges faced by people who have dementia and are also visually impaired. The conference is aimed at professionals who work with people who have dementia, those who have dementia or know of someone who has dementia.

Multiple logos of all the contributing organisations

Jointly organised by the University College London and the Vision UK Dementia and Sight Loss Committee, the conference aims to raise awareness of problems faced by those affected by vision or visual perception conditions and dementia.

Full information is on our website here and the programme for the day is below.

(this is potentially subject to change)



Time Topic Speakers
09:30 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Paul Ursell, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professor Seb Crutch, UCL

Matt Broom, Vision UK

10:10 – 10:25 Dementia and Sight Loss Gemma Jolly, Alzheimer’s Society
10:25 – 10:40 The neuropsychology of dementia-related visual impairment Professor Seb Crutch, UCL
10:40 – 10:50 Q&A
10:50 – 11:05 The social and psychological consequences of dementia-related visual impairment Emma Harding, UCL or Professor Mary Pat Sullivan UCL
11:05 – 11:15 Q&A
11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments
11:45 – 12:00 The College of Optometrists’ Prevalence of Visual Impairment in Dementia (PrOVIDe) study Dr Michael Bowen, The College of Optometrists
12:00 – 12:15 Dementia and low vision Jennifer Brower, Association of British Dispensing Opticians
12:15 – 12:25 Q&A
12:25 – 12:40 Feedback on the professional focus groups conducted with Occupational Therapists and Social Care Workers about awareness of dementia-related visual impairment Dr Anne McIntyre, Brunel University London
12:40 – 12:55 Sight loss and Dementia Friendly Principles of practice – how we are preparing the workforce to recognise and meet the needs of people living with sight loss and dementia June Neil, RNIB
12:55 – 13:05 Q&A
13:05 – 13:10 Short film ‘Do I see what you see?’ Experiences of people with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) Simon Ball, UCL
13:10 – 13:15 Wellcome Collection exhibitions tbc
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch, networking and opportunity to visit Wellcome Collection exhibitions
14:15 – 14:35 Personal stories from a couple who have been involved in recent home-based trial of Amazon Echo voice-controlled devices tbc, Rare Dementia Support

tbc, Rare Dementia Support

Nick Firth, UCL

14:35 – 14:45 Q&A
14:45 – 15:00 ‘Computers and Assistive Technology, what’s new?’ Hector Minto, Microsoft
15:00 – 15:15 An update on the Pedestrian Accessibility & Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA) Dr Keir Yong, UCL

Ian McCarthy, UCL

15:15 – 15:25 Q&A
15:25 – 15:40 Qualitative research into dementia and glaucoma Dr Simon Read, Cardiff University
15:40 – 15:55 ‘Which Test is Best?’ Martin Cordiner, The College of Optometrists
15:55 – 16:05 Q&A
16:05 – 16:15 Round up Paul Ursell, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
16:15 Close  

Tickets are available on the Eventbrite Site