University of Edinburgh

Independent Living Skills in Children & Young People with Visual Impairment

Date: Monday, 3rd September 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Cost: £110

NOTE - closing date for course is 17th August 2018


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

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

Activities will be used to contextualise the development of these areas and give 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.

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