Visual Impairment

Visual impairment affects 20% of students with an EHC Plan. It is a strong belief of this writer that a lot the needs for students with visual impairment can be embedded into their daily lives. Small adaptions to their working environment can provide a massive difference to the quality of their life.

However visual impairment is an umbrella term that can be used to describe a range of different visual difficulties. It is essential that you know what someone can/can’t see before making adaptions to their environment. Below is a running order to help your child and some additional resources:

  1. Have a Clinical assessment from an ophthalmologist who will be able to diagnosis the type of VI your child has and give details such as acuity, squints and any possible CVI.
  2. Conduct a Functional Visual Assessment.

Sen4help: Resources Directory

National Blind Children’s Society

Support and services for parents and carers of blind children

www.nbcs.org.uk

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Support and advice for those affected by visual impairment

www.rnib.org.uk

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