Rehabilitation Workers
Professional Network

BCU/RWPN Annual Seminar

  • 07 Jul 2016
  • 09:45 - 16:09
  • Birmingham City University, Edgbaston Campus

Booking and payment for this event is via the Birmingham City University (BCU) website. Click on the link below. 

Delegate rate: members £35 non-members £59

A sandwich packed lunch will be provided in the cost.

Support workers will not be charged a fee to attend the event, but may be required to pay for their own lunch.

If you are not a member and want to join to get the member rate go to the join tab of this website.

A draft programme will be posted here shortly.  Any materials will be available to those who attend on this website after the event.


8.30 Registration

9.45 Welcome - Dave Bignell, Birmingham City University

10.00 Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) AGM and Introducing the CPD structure, Simon Labbett (RWPN)

10.25 Novice to Expert: Behaviour Measures for Rehabilitation Worker Continued Professional Development, Dr. Andrew Dodgson

10.50 Echolocation in People: Definitions and Applications, Dr. Lore Thaler, Durham University, Department of Psychology, UK

Echolocation is probably best known in relation to bats. Yet, people can echolocate, i.e. people can use sound echoes to get information about the spatial environment. In people, the term echolocation has been applied quite widely and includes using echoes from cane tapping sounds, the ambient sound field, to whistling, finger-snapping or clicking with the mouth. 

The presentation will outline recent research showing the benefits of mouth-click based echolocation in particular. Studies that highlight the benefits of mouth-click based echolocation for mobility as well as for cognitive-spatial rehabilitation will be discussed.

11.30 Refreshment break

11.45 Workshops

  1. “The Best Way Out is Always Through” Helen Keller: Using Peer Review Techniques to Discuss Tricky Issues, Moral Dilemmas and Best Practice in Contemporary Rehabilitation, Mary Bairstow
  2. The Baggage on the Doorstep: A Look at Service User and Worker Professional Relationships, Peter Lock
  3. Wheelchair Mobility – an introduction, Martin Best
  4. Understanding Hearing Aids and Audiology Appointments

12.45 - 1.45 Lunch break

1.45 Workshops (repeated sessions – information as above)

2.45 Break

3.00 Technology - The Power and the Promise: How Technology is Changing Lives Regardless of Disability or Impairment.

Robin Christopherson, of the leading UK inclusive tech experts AbilityNet, will challenge any preconceptions you may have about the potential of technology. Robin, who is himself blind, will be talking about (but more importantly demonstrating) a range of inclusive technology and how it has the power to change and even transform people's lives regardless of ability or impairment.

Will you be part of the inclusive Technology future?

3.55 Closing comments

4.00 Close

Schedule subject to change

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