University of Edinburgh

Independent Living Skills in Children & Young People with Visual Impairment

Presented on Monday, 3rd September 2018


This presentation and workshop examined the development of Independent Living Skills (ILS) in Children and Young People with visual impairment. It was explored from a Habilitation perspective and used a task analysis approach. Different elements of ILS were covered, such as:

  • dressing,
  • personal care, and
  • social-emotional wellbeing.

Activities were used to contextualise the development of these areas and gave practical application to the supporting of such skills. Emphasis will be placed on using systematic and structured protocol and instruction to support ILS development in educational and home contexts.

Participants said:

"Presenter was extremely knowledgeable and engaging."

"I will think more about task analysis, communication, body language, empathy of VI."

Target Audience

QTVIs, Habilitation Specialists, Habilitation Assistants, Teachers (mainstream and specialist), educational psychologists, support staff, parents/carers.


Dr Jessica Hayton, Programme Leader, Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight, Institute of Education, UCL London

Provisional Programme

9.30 am Registration and Networking
10 am Welcome and introduction Elizabeth McCann, SSC CPD Co-ordinator, VI
10.15 am Visual Impairment, Habilitation and Independent Living Skills: an overview Jessica Hayton
11.30 am Independent Living Skill: Dressing
12.30 pm Lunch
1.15 pm Independent Living Skill: Personal Care
2 pm Independent Living Skill: Socio-emotional well-being
3 pm Working with Parents to Support Independent Living Skills
3.30 pm Questions, Course Evaluation and close