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Visual Impairment :
Special Educational Needs

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Regulations and procedures change over time and amendments to legislation and guidance are made regularly. It is important to check for changes and updates when undertaking any challenges to the LA or lodging an appeal.

This section provides links to sources of information and organisations involved with visual impairment. Clicking the link will open the web-page in a new window.

Legislation and Guidance
Description of link
DfE Guidance on behaviour and dicipline
Complete version of the Children and Families Act
DfE Guidance on procedures etc for counselling
DfE Guide lines for choosing to educate at home
Complete version of the Equality Act
DfE Guidance for schools on fulfilling their duties
Equality & Human Rights Commission codes of practice
Government guidance on range of help available
DfE statutory guidance on home/school transport
OFSTED guide for parents about school inspections
DfE guide lines about policies schools MUST have
DfE advice for schools about preventing bullying
Dept of Health guidance about registration
Charity Commission policy paper on safeguarding children
Government guidelines for parents about attendance
DfE statutory guidance about SEN (0 - 25 years old)
DfE guide for parents about SEN
Legislation about personal budgets
DfE statutory guidance about supporting pupils
Other information/advice
Useful VI apps for Apple devices
A Braille training site by Sensory Sun
Charity giving information about a range of child law topics
Government web-site giving data about specific schools
Tailor-made large print books for VI young people
Legal information from leading SEN barrister
Legal information from leading SEN solicitor
Government web-site with details of schools in England
Government explanation of types of schools
Descriptions of eye conditions from Moorfields Hospital
Descriptions of eye conditions from RNIB
Google Play download of Georgie screen reader app
England Athletics page about guided running
Free information, in audio, for VI people in Britain
Independent Parental Special Education Advice
Useful guidance and tips for JAWS users
Details of RNIB Braille courses for adults
Whitestick's directory of blind sports
Charity Choice directory of charities for VI
DfE details of the National Curriculum
NHS page about vision loss
Gov.UK web-site for obtaining school inspection reports
Useful Pinterest page of VI resource ideas
Gov.UK page about Progress 8 and Attainment 8
DfE statutory guidnace about P scales
Advice for staff working with VI pupils from RNIB
RNIB library (Audio, Braille, Large Print, Music)
On line magazine about all aspects of SEN
DfE official statistics on education and children
Guidance on teaching English to VI students
American site about teaching VI students
Guide to assistive technology for VI from RNIB
Charity that offers phones to blind people
Details of UEB with links
Information about range of accessible formats
A forum for anyone involved with VI pupils
Our web-site about visual impairment and SEN
Web-site with demonstrations of VI conditions
Activities and resource ideas for VI
Now merged with RNIB
Independent advice about state education
Our facebook page
Now merged with Guide Dogs as Children's services
Helping blind and VI people into work
Supports chess players with visual loss
Encourages VI to access and enjoy sport in the UK.
Computer guidance, forums etc for VI
Supply specially adapted audio equipment to VI
Provides assistance dogs for disabled people
Guidance on gardening for VI
Information about CVI
Lending library of adapted books for VI children
Information about courts and the Tribunal service
Extensive information about all aspects of education
Campaigns for equal rights for disabled people
Advice and help about equality and human rights
Advice and guidance about human rights
Campaigns for all VI across Europe
Information about eye health and eye care
Moorfields Eye Hospital information about VI
Information about goalball
The Government web-site with extensive information
Supports mobility for VI people
Database of guided runners and guides
National Professional body for Habilitation Practitioners
How to get home adaptations for VI/blind people
Offers unforgettable activities for diabled people
Independent authority about information rights
Postal and download audio book service
Free tactile book service
For complaints about services ptovided by councils
Help, support and services for VI children and families
London based charity offering sports for VI people
Forum for users of Moon tactile language
National Association of Special Educational Needs
National Sensory Impairment Partnership
NHS page about Special Educational Needs
Provides activities for VI children
Network of independent educational psychologists
Information about rare diseases
Royal National Institute of Blind People
Scotland based association for blind people
National charity supporting VI young people
Support for people with sight loss including accommodation
National accessible library
Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
Support for children with hearing and sight loss
Support for parents of children with SEN
Large parent led information and resources web-site for SEN
Free monthly audio magazine about use of computers by VI
Company supplying equipment etc with speach
Company providing theatre tickets and experiences for VI
Supports parents and familes of VI children
Teaches people with disabilitis to use computers
Supports blind and partially sighted children
Audio described events around UK
Helping VI people locate information and services
Specialist schools and colleges for VI/blind students
Harrogate, Yorkshire
Wimbledon, South West London
Bromley, Kent
Loughborough, Leicestershire
List of RNIB schools and Colleges