Monday, July 6

Book of abstracts
Book of abstracts (accessible e-Text version)

09:00 – 12:00 / Pre-conference Workshops

08:30-12:00 / Workshop 1
Mastering the environment through audition, kinesthesia and cognition: An O&M approach to guide dog travel
Registration Area

10:00-11:30 / Workshop 2
What’s the big idea? Preparing your work for publication in a professional journal

09:30-12:00 / Workshop 3a
Overview and field practice using a GPS to create routes and establish a position in space

13:00 – 14:00 / Opening Ceremony


Welcome from the Conference Co-chairs

Christian Casanova, École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal and Lise Pouliot, PDG-adjoint du CISSS Montérégie-Centre; Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

Welcome from the President of the IMC Executive Committee
Nurit Neustadt-Noy, Consultation and Rehabilitation Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons

Welcome from the Mayor of Montréal

Denis Coderre

Welcome from the Program Chair
Julie-Anne Couturier, École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal

Welcome Address

Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and Public Health, Québec

14:00 – 15:00 / Keynote Presentation


Chair: Julie-Anne Couturier, École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Travelling in challenging environments: reflected thoughts about determination and perseverance
Bernard Voyer, Canadian Explorer, Montreal, QC

15:00 – 15:30 / Coffee Break


15:30 – 17:10 / Concurrent Session 1.1 – Accessibility


Chair: Eileen Sifferman, Orientation & Mobility Specialist Consultant, Tucson, AZ, United States

15:30 / CS1.1.1
Environmental literacy
Robert Wall Emerson
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

15:50 / CS1.1.2
Pedestrian safety and New York City’s changing streetscape
Annalyn Courtney Barbier
Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, New York, NY, United States

16:10 / CS1.1.3
ACCESS – Yes we can (accessibility practice in Australia)
Richard Seidman
Access Ability, Rose Bay, NSW, Australia

16:30 / CS1.1.4
The challenges faced by those with reduced mobility in accessing the adaptations installed at pedestrians crossings and the possibility of using smart technology to provide an equitable solution
Gavin Neate

Neatebox, Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian, United Kingdom

16:50 / CS1.1.5
The Montreal’s Universal Accessibility Consultative Committee: Working together to improve the public realm for all
Pierre-Étienne Gendron
Ville de Montréal, Direction des transports, Montréal, QC, Canada

15:30 – 17:10  / Concurrent Session 1.2 – Infant/Children


Chair: Dawn Anderson, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

15:30 / CS1.2.1
Applying a developmental approach to Orientation and Mobility intervention with very young children
Bronwen Scott
Independent Options for Mobility, Carlton North, Victoria, Australia

15:50 / CS1.2.2
Moving in the body and in space: The use of yoga and dance to enhance the sensorimotor development of children with severe visual impairments
Marie-Claude Lavoie; Audrey Jolin
Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Longueuil, QC, Canada

16:10 / CS1.2.3
O&M portfolios: Motivating students to learn, assess and share
Fabiana Perla; Jamie Maffit
Salus University, CER, Elkins Park, PA, United States

16:30 / CS1.2.4
Play-based Orientation and Mobility intervention with infants and young children
Donna McNear1; Tanni Anthony2
1McNear Educational Consulting, Cambridge, MN, United States; 2Colorado Department of Education, Denver, CO, United States

16:50 / CS1.2.5
The use of portable electronic devices in O&M teaching
Lasse KlyverAnne Nordskov Nielsen
Synscenter Refsnaes, Kalundborg, Denmark

15:30 – 17:10 / Concurrent Session 1.3 – Guide Dogs


Chair: Duane Geruschat, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States

15:30 / CS1.3.1
The development of guide dog services in the 21st century
Alan Brooks1; Ian Cox2
1Specialist Guide Dog Consultant, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom; 2Vision Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

15:50 / CS1.3.2
The impact of training with a dog guide on ability to get around and difficulty with 17 specific mobility related functions for first time and repeat users
Steve La Grow1; Andy Towers1; Rod Haneline2
1Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand; 2Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester, MI, United States

16:10 / CS1.3.3
Metrics to measure client progress in dog guide mobility training
Patrick Glines
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., Boring, OR, United States

16:30 / CS1.3.4
Guide Dogs and other Assistance Dogs Organisations in the UK, working together to train dual purpose dogs for people with sight impairment and additional disabilities
Lee Stanway
Guide Dogs UK, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

16:50 / CS1.3.5
Presentation of a new O&M manual describing specific programs and training sequences for different types of guide dog users
Hélène Guérette1; Carole Zabihaylo1,2
1Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Longueuil, QC, Canada; 2Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR), Montréal, QC, Canada

15:30 – 17:10 / Concurrent Session 1.4 – Older Population


Chair: Nora Griffin-Shirley, Texas Tech University, Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research & Education in Sensory Disabilities, Lubboch, TX, United States

15:30 / CS1.4.1
Orientation and Mobility for life: Strategies for the older adult with visual impairment
Laura Bozeman1; Nora Griffin-Shirley2
1University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, United States; 2Texas Tech University, Lubboch, TX, United States

15:50 / CS1.4.2
Detection of visual impairments to prevent falls for seniors living at home
Lise Déry1,2; Josée Hébert1; Isabelle Bonneau1
1Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Longueuil, QC, Canada; 2Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR), Montréal, QC, Canada

16:10 / CS1.4.3
Stand up! A fall prevention program for seniors adapted for visually impaired and deafblind persons
Valérie Martel1; Marie-Claude Lavoie2; Danielle Cloutier1
1Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Québec, QC, Canada; 2Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Montréal, QC, Canada

16:30 / CS1.4.4
Assessment of the attentional capacities and working memory of older persons who are blind
Caroline Pigeon; Claude Marin-Lamellet
Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports et de l’Aménagement des Réseaux, Bron, France

16:50 / CS1.4.5
Counseling and support for older persons with acquired visual impairment: Sometimes less is better than more
Jürgen Nagel1; Werner Hecker1; Sabine Lauber – Pohle2; Bernd Wilhelm2
1Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt e.V. Rehabilitation Department, Marburg, Hessen, Germany; 2Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt e.V., Marburg, Hessen, Germany

17:15 – 18:00 / Plenary Presentation

Chair: Diane Bergeron, Strategic Relations and Engagement, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Toronto, ON, Canada

Global challenges and opportunities for Orientation & Mobility
Penny Hartin, L.L D (Hun), Chief Executive Officer, World Blind Union, Toronto, ON, Canada

18:00 – 20:00 / Welcome Reception