Nystagmus Network Open Day 2021
Circumstances permitting, the Nystagmus Network will host its annual Open Day this year on Saturday 25 September at the magnificent Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.
The event will include inspirational speakers and presenters, research updates, activities for children and young people and lots, lots more.
Details to follow …
The Nystagmus Network virtual Open Day 2020 took place on Saturday 3 October.
All the presentations are now available to view online. If you missed it, it’s not too late. All the presentations are still available to view online. To receive your digital programme containing all the links please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Joanne Roughton-Arnold chats with Sue; opera singer, founder of FormidAbility, soprano voice of Rising Phoenix and Nystagmus Network member, our very special guest chats with Sue about growing up with nystagmus and shares her thoughts on a career in the performing arts.
- An interview and readings with Claire Entwistle; writer, researcher and body psychotherapist, Claire, chats with Sue about her book ‘What seems to be the trouble?’ and her lifelong pursuit of therapies for nystagmus.
- research updates by key nystagmus researchers from across the UK (The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University; The Ulverscroft Eye Unit, University of Leicester; Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth; Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, University of Sheffield; University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital.
- Visiting a High Street Optometrist; Jayshree Vasani FBDO, a Dispensing Optician and Sarah Arnold BSc Hons MCOptom, Optometrist tell us about the services available to people with nystagmus.
- Resilience and how to boost it; resilience is the ability to overcome adversity, reduce stress and bounce back from setbacks. In her presentation, Alison Blackman QTVI explains how to boost resilience in young people with nystagmus.
- Going to university with nystagmus; Tara Chattaway from the Thomas Pocklington Trust talks you through the 5 steps to successful university application, including choosing a university, getting support and student finance.
- Special Education Needs support for children with nystagmus: an update on the legal position in schools in England and in Wales
- exhibition of assistive technology
Nystagmus doesn’t stop us …
The theme of the Nystagmus Network virtual Open Day 2020 was the phrase ‘Nothing will stop us!”
That’s because we believe that nystagmus needn’t stop you from doing (almost) anything you want to do.
We asked you what nystagmus doesn’t stop you doing.
Here are just some of your stories.
Nystagmus doesn’t stop me … being a Sea Cadet. As a cadet I do so much and have earned my STEM badge. I’ve won a swimming competition and the piping competition, where I had to learn how to play a boatswain call. I love being a cadet as it allows me to do so much.
I find it hard to do cadets with nystagmus but I keep trying and everyone helps me and I do everything that everyone else does. I even get to go out in the rowing boats.
Getting out on the water
Nystagmus doesn’t stop me or my son from getting out on the water. We both have nystagmus and had cataracts removed as babies.
Jumping in puddles
Nystagmus doesn’t stop me … jumping in puddles and having so much fun.
Nystagmus doesn’t stop me … exploring new things and making amazing memories.
Nystagmus won’t stop me … doing the things I love.
Nystagmus doesn’t stop me … running, playing and jumping like all my friends.
Scoring goals and writing poems
Being a nurse
I have nystagmus and I really wanted to demonstrate how valued and important people with nystagmus are through my art.
Travelling all over the world
Taking amazing photos