We look forward to your contributions!
The Association for Education of Blind and Visually Impaired (Verband für Blinden- und Sehbehindertenpädagogik e. V. - VBS) people organises the XXXVII. Congress for Education of Blind and Visually Impaired People in Marburg, Germany from 3rd - 7th August 2020 with the following theme:
We invite all members of VBS, blind and visually impaired people and all those, who are interested in the field of education, training and rehabilitation for people with blindness and low vision to use this congress as a platform for development of inclusive environments.
According to the tradition, the congress offers the opportunity for scientific discussion, professional discourse, collecting of new insights and personal exchange at national and international level. Four subject areas summarize presentations and experiences on the following topics:
On the one hand, rapid developments in the field of digital media and electronic aids open up many opportunities for participation, but on the other hand, they can also create new barriers. In principle, it is essential to consistently pay attention to the dismantling of participation barriers. In addition, it is important to develop didactic concepts that integrate digitalization – especially in the areas of information technology, assistive technology and visualisation media – into meaningful teaching-learning scenarios, promote emancipated use of new technologies and prevent dependencies and misuse.
2. Professionalization / Qualification / Multidisciplinarity
The design of inclusive environments requires a correspondingly professionalization of all persons involved. In doing so, it must be ensured that appropriate measures are taken in
all pedagogical fields of action in order to derive the necessary quality standards, to secure existing ones or to adapt and further develop them to new challenges. The professionalization measures concern all occupational groups of education, psychology, medicine and rehabilitation and in particular all forms of cooperation between the different disciplines with each other or with supporting services such as assistants.
At the beginning of the second decade of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the question arises how the required access to quality education currently stands. Which inclusive developments are being pursued? What are the solutions to current challenges, for example in early childhood education or in the school sector, but also in the area of lifelong learning? The focus should be placed on necessary structural developments as well as concrete didactic solutions.
4. Living / Working / Leisure
Inclusive environments are not limited to the field of education. Inclusion appears as a comprehensive social task that does not end with graduating from school. Which concepts does the education for blind and visually impaired people pursue to enable comprehensive social participation in the areas of living, work and leisure? Institutional developments, legal framework conditions and their implementation as well as rehabilitation measures at different levels could be key factors for participation.
We invite you to participate in the four topics with
- lectures that represent the latest state of research and present current, reflected experiences from the fields of action (30 minutes followed by a discussion)
- interactive workshops that actively involve the participants in the thematic work (90 minutes)
- poster and poster-workshops, that present theses (B.A., M.A., PhD etc.) or concepts and results of research (5th August, afternoon)
The congress language is German. Contributions in English are welcome.
Accepted contributions are published online to allow orientation for all interested parties in advance. Accepted contributions will be published in the congress report (digital and/ or print).