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Eye Care for Autistic people

BAME Vision are pleased to be hosting a webinar about the support available to adults and children who are autistic about accessing good eyecare.

 

Eye Healthcare is important for everyone to access!

We will be sharing our understanding of autistic characteristics, best practice on how to adapt appointments that are suitable and comfortable for the patient and the professional too, whilst engaging with the patient positively.  We will hear more about the LOCSU Eyecare Pathway, Eye Care Champions and their roles at SeeAbility, and hear from a lived experience speaker. Additionally, we will be joined by Moorfields Eye Hospital, who will explain about the support they offer to autistic children.

 

Speakers are:

Stephen Kill – National Eye Care Service Development Manager, SeeAbility

Jayshree Vasani – Dispensing Optician

Lance Campbell – Eye Care Champion, SeeAbility and lived experience speaker

Amrit Sehmi – Advanced Orthoptist- Moorfields Eye Hospital

 

When – Friday 1st April 2022, 

Time – 1pm-2.30pm

Where – Online via Zoom

To register, email info@bamevision.org

For further information, visit www.bamevision.org

Webinar: Understanding your diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, retinal dystrophy conditions and genetics

Thursday 24 February 2022, 7.00pm ‐ 8.30pm
BAME Vision are delighted to invite you to our webinar, all about understanding the various inherited sight loss eye conditions under the umbrella term, Retinal Dystrophies, such as, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), cone‐rod dystrophy, Stargardt disease, Leber congenital amaurosis and many others. We will share the difference between inherited patterns, such as, X‐linked, autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive, as well as hearing about the latest research developments.
Joining us, are also Retina UK, the charity which supports people affected by inherited sight loss, who will describe the various services, support and events they offer. You will also get the chance to hear more about genetics, genetic testing and counselling.
Speakers are:
⦁ Professor James Bainbridge – Professor of Retinal Studies (UCL) and Consultant Ophthalmologist (Moorfields Eye Hospital)
⦁ Denise Rawden – Regional Services Manager (Retina UK)
⦁ Sam Latif – Lived Experience Speaker who will share growing up in a family with RP, the barriers, cultural perceptions, her combating stigma and how she broke through adversity to becoming an inspiring professional, mother and a volunteer for Retina UK
To register, please email info@bamevision.org. For further information, visit www.bamevision.org.

Breaking down the Hard to Reach Toolkit Workshop

 

BAME Vision are delighted to be launching a toolkit to support with reaching and engaging with vision impaired people from ethnic minority groups. The toolkit – Breaking Down the Hard to Reach, will be launching soon!

BAME Vision are hosting a workshop to support charities, local societies, voluntary groups or other organisations supporting and providing services to blind or partially sighted people, or to those at risk of sight loss, that would like to improve their engagement with different communities.

The workshop will aim to go through each point in the toolkit and answer any questions you may have. We will share how to reach and engage with BAME communities to help with sharing information about your services and the support you may offer.

We will share why representation matters and how to embed this in your workforce, volunteers and other ways to enhance a diverse team. We will also discuss being culturally sensitive and much more.

Participants will receive the toolkit to take away and implement in their day to day activities and to develop into longer term strategies.

To sign up to join the BAME Vision “Breaking Down the Hard to Reach toolkit” workshop taking place:

On – Friday 21st January 2022, at 10am – 12pm, then,

Email info@bamevision.org

with your name, organisation and email address.

We look forward to working together.

Past Events

BAME Vision, in collaboration with eye care professionals and people with lived experience, are facilitating a series of informative workshops around this year’s themes of National Eye Health Week. This year, National Eye Health Week runs from the 20th – 26th September 2021

You can find the full schedule and speakers below. To register for any of the sessions, please email info@bamevision.org. All workshops welcome a Q and A session, or email your questions in advance. The link to join via Zoom will be shared with you a few days prior to each workshop. Please do share with your networks and members.

Workshop Schedule:

Workshop 1- Monday 20th September 2021

Time – 7– 8pm

Hosts – Bhavini Makwana, Adam Mapani, Tricia Smikle and Saliha Rashid as a Lived Experience speaker of Leber Congenital Amaurosis

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to BAME Vision and what BAME means,
  • Sharing our mission and vision,
  • Sharing details of the upcoming workshops during the week ahead,
  • What is National Eye health week, its aims and this year’s themes,
  • Discussing challenges and perception of sight loss within BAME communities,
  • How to stay connected to BAME Vision and our projects.

Workshop 2 – Tuesday 21st September 2021

Time – 7 – 8pm

Hosts – Dr Sheena George, Subash Suthar and Gerald Ramcharitar, a Lived experience speaker of diabetic retinopathy

Theme: Sight after 60

This session will cover:

  • Sharing common eye conditions which are prevalent in BAME communities, in those over the age of 60,
  • Sharing resources and services available to support you,
  • Ways to manage good eye health and vision,
  • Importance of regular eye check-ups and screening,
  • Sharing tips on good diet and nutrition.

Workshop 3 – Thursday 23rd September 2021

Time – 7-8pm

Hosts – Jayshree Vasani, Subash Suthar & Bhavini Makwana, a Lived Experience speaker of Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Theme: Live Well and See Well

This session will cover:

  • Why good sleep, diet and exercise is important,
  • Regular eye check-ups and the importance of having them,
  • Who is entitled for free eye tests,
  • What can be detected in eye tests?
  • Talking about medication and eye drops,
  • Sharing impact of screen time and usage,
  • Protecting eyes from sun,
  • Relax and Breathe- the importance of doing so,
  • Clarifying myths around so-called remedies within BAME communities.

Workshop 4 – Friday 24th September 2021

Time – 2-3pm

Hosts – Beverley Drugid, also sharing living with glaucoma, Wayne Chapman and Maxine Plowden, a Lived Experience speaker of Coloboma

Theme: Mental Health and Mindfulness

This session will cover:

  • Highlighting the importance of relaxation and taking care of our eyes,
  • Sharing the work of an eye care champion,
  • Raising awareness of mental health, in particular around having a vision impairment,
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Practicing mindfulness whilst having sight loss.

Workshop 5 – Sunday 26th September 2021

Time – 1 -2pm
Hosts – Mandy Davidson, Subash Suthar and a Lived Experience speaker of Macular Degeneration

Theme: Dry Eyes and Cataracts

  • What are Dry Eyes?
  • Signs and symptoms of Dry Eyes,
  • Common causes of Dry Eyes, 
  • Prevention or remedies of Dry Eyes, 
  • Cataracts and its effects,
  • Living with Cataracts.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

“Talking about eye health engenders trust”

 
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