The 2020 annual scientific meeting will take place on Friday 13 March in Sheffield, and focus on sensory impairment.


Registration is now open - please scroll down to the online booking system.

The deadline for early bird rates is Friday 28 February.


  • VINCYP - supporting visually impaired children from identification to post-school transition 
  • Living with dual sensory impairment - family perspective 
  • Polani Award 2018 Presentation
  • BACD Strategic Research Group Update 
  • Paul Polani Lecture: Vision impairment as a complex neurodisability: advancing research and practice for assessment and intervention 
  • Providing eye care to children with disability: where are we now and where do we want to get to? 
  • National Deaf CAMHS: A specialist commissioned CAMHS service for Deaf Children  and the assessment of Challenging Behaviour in Deaf Children 
  • Social-emotional functioning of deaf children and young people: bridging theory and practice 

The full programme is available here.

Mac Keith Poster Prize

The £250 Mac Keith Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presentation reporting innovative multidisciplinary working for children and young people with neurodisability and their families. Abstract submission is now closed.

Gala Dinner A 3 course dinner (£45 per head) will be held on the evening of Thursday 12 March at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Sheffield. BACD invites members, friends, and delegates to attend the Gala Dinner to celebrate BACD becoming a charity and achievements in childhood disability through the inaugural Achievement Awards.

Venue Crown Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield S4 7YE. Accommodation is available on-site at a discounted rate of £83 b&b (double or twin). Click here to book.

Alternative hotel accommodation is available at the Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre, which is 5 minute walk from the conference hotel.

(Please note that this is a revised venue, as the original hotel has ceased trading. If you have booked accommodation at the Hilton via the Sheffield convention bureau you should have received an email re your booking).

Directions BACD asks delegates to consider using public transport where possible. Sheffield train station is a 10-15 minute walk (0.8 mile) and has good rail links across the UK.

For delegates driving, there is good access to the M1. Please be aware that whilst there is parking available close to the venue, there is limited onsite parking.

The BACD annual scientific meeting is supported by

Book tickets

Ticket Cost Quantity
Early Bird BACD Member - Doctors £140.00
Early Bird BACD Member - Other Professions £75.00
Early Bird BACD Member - Trainee Doctors £110.00
Early Bird - Doctors £150.00
Early Bird - Other Professions £85.00
Early Bird - Trainee Doctors £120.00
Foundation Dr or Undergraduate Student or Parent £40.00
Gala Dinner - Thurs 12 March £45.00
Super early bird BACD member - Doctors £130.00 Sold out
Super early bird BACD Member - Other Professions £65.00 Sold out
Super early bird BACD member - Trainee Dr £100.00 Sold out
Super early bird - Doctor £140.00 Sold out
Super early bird - Other Professions £75.00 Sold out
Super early bird - Trainee Dr £110.00 Sold out
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