AHH seminar: Deafblindness Rehabilitation: How to base our practice on evidence

Speaker: Walter Wittich
Date: Monday 21 November 2016
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Audiology Seminar Room, 1.64

Abstract: This presentation will provide a brief overview of the concept of Knowledge Translation, using the model promoted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and then applies this model to the existing approaches, knowledge and research literature. The talk will review some of the pertinent research findings in the field of deafblindness rehabilitation, and how this knowledge can link to and influence rehabilitation practice for clinicians working with individuals affected by combined vision and hearing loss.

Bio: Dr. Walter Wittich is an Assistant Professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, who currently holds a Junior Career Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (chercheur boursier junior 1), with specific focus on the rehabilitation of older adults with combined vision and hearing loss. He is a resident researcher at both the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the School of Occupational and Physical Therapy at McGill University. Following his Master’s in Psychology (Concordia U) and a PhD in Visual Neuroscience (McGill), he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in audiology at the Centre de recherche institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. Coming from a background in age related vision loss, he now conducts research in dual sensory impairment and acquired deaf-blindness. His research domains include basic sensory science, as well as medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation approaches to sensory loss. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is Quebec’s first Certified Low Vision Therapist.

Who should come:  Hearing, speech and language researchers and clinicians, cognitive scientists, psychologists, researchers in ageing health and health care professionals.
Network: Learn from one another and see what collaboration opportunities are available.
Registration:  Entry is free and open to the public.  Please email louise.dodd@mq.edu.au to register by  12.00pm Wednesday  16 November 2016