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

Information on the programme will be available shortly.


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

The deadline for super early bird rates is Sunday 15 December.


Confirmed lectures are as follows:

  • Paul Polani Lecture: Vision impairment as a complex neurodisability: advancing research and practice for assessment and intervention Dr Naomi Dale, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lead/Neuropsychologist, Great Ormond St Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Associate Professor in Paediatric Neurodisability, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Providing eye care to children with disability: where are we now and where do we want to get to? Lisa Donaldson, Head of Eye Care, See Ability; Rachel Pilling, Consultant Ophthalmologist,  Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • VINCYP - supporting visually impaired children from identification to post-school transition Dr Margot Campbell, Associate Specialist in Community Child Health, NHS Tayside & Lead Clinician, Visual Impairment Network for Children and Young People
  • Living with sensory impairment - family perspective Theresa Peacock, parent and co-founder, Norrie Disease Foundation
  • Socio-emotional development issues in children with hearing impairment Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi, Lecturer in Dead Education, University of Birmingham
  • D-CAMHS – why it's needed and how it works Dr Reenee Barton, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (hearing), Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The full programme will be made available shortly.

Abstract submission is now open - please note deadline Sunday 8 December

BACD is calling for abstracts to showcase excellent clinical practice as well as novel and national research in the following two categories:

BACD encourages submissions from all members of the multi-disciplinary team, especially those in trainee positions and therapy professionals.

  • Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed. 
  • You can submit as many abstracts as you wish. 
  • You will be contacted in the new year to confirm if your abstract has been selected (or not) for poster presentation. If you are selected, you (or a member of your team) will be required to register as a delegate to present the poster. 
  • Undergraduate students and foundation doctors who are selected will receive complimentary registration. There are no other bursaries available.

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.

Submit an abstract

Conference Dinner A 3 course dinner (£30 per head) will be held on the evening of Thursday 12 March at the hotel. All delegates are welcome to attend, as are local BACD members who may not be able to attend the conference. 

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.

Book tickets

Ticket Cost Quantity
BACD member - Doctors £130.00
BACD Member - Other Professions £65.00
BACD member - Trainee Dr £100.00
Conference Dinner - Thurs 12 March £30.00
Dr £140.00
Other Professions £75.00
Trainee Dr £110.00
Undergraduate Student or Foundation Dr £40.00
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