VICTA Activities Update – Horrible Histories and Shrek’s Adventure!

VICTA Activities Update – Horrible Histories and Shrek’s Adventure!

VICTA NEWS: 5 We have just made a couple of updates to the VICTA calendar which we would like to share with you. Unfortunately we have … Read more

Nystagmus Network- Born to Run

Nystagmus Network- Born to Run

A mother’s desire to meet people going through the same experience, was the motivation for the founding of a support network for parents and professionals … Read more

Maths Investigation and Discovery Box

Maths Investigation and Discovery Box

To support numeracy development we need to provide rich concrete experiences, here is a fun idea which you can collect from around the house. Change … Read more

Cerebral Visual Impairment Convention: Parent Carers and Professionals all welcome

Cerebral Visual Impairment Convention: Parent Carers and Professionals all welcome

The Cerebral Visual Impairment Society is very excited to announce our inaugural convention for parent carers, individuals with CVI and professionals. This is your opportunity … Read more

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For the parents of any child with a disability, making them feel that they are not so different is an important part of helping them grow up. Online campaign Toy Like Me has called for toys that reflect the children who play with them - and manufacturers have responded. We spoke to Alice Taylor, founder and CEO of Makies

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For the parents of any child with a disability, making them feel that they are not so different is an important part of helping them grow up. 

Online campaign Toy Like Me has called for toys that reflect the children who play with them - and manufacturers have responded. We spoke to Alice Taylor, founder and CEO of Makies
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Required ASAP! The #toylikeme campaign has generated lots of interest from the press but they desperately need an aged 5-15 girl who uses a long cane to talk about how they would feel if their disability was represented in a toy. It would be a great way to get the story out there further and make a big difference! These toys could help change the ways in which children view disabilities :) If any parents have any children either Manchester or London based who would be interested in getting involved with the campaign that would be great! Please get in touch asap if you can help :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Nancy KrumakerI'm in USA and I agree they need to add the White Cane and maybe sunglasses to their toylikeme . Our VI kids play with Dolls too.1   ·  5 days ago

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Below we have featured an inspirational story that was in our May 2015 newsletter: In April it will be two years since I lost all of my sight...overnight! Anybody reading this will know how debilitating and heartbreaking sight loss can be, for both the afflicted and the people close to them. So I thought it would be nice to write about some of the good things I've experienced since losing my sight. Truly, the loss restored my faith in human kindness. It opened my heart to the depth of my family's love, how caring friends can be, and introduced me to some very special people working in our hospitals. I tried to ignore my blinded eyes, as I focused on rebuilding my strength. I can't believe it now, but I was very ill. I couldn't move my head let alone get out of bed! After some pretty intense physiotherapy I eventually made it back onto my feet! It was only after I finished treatment for a tumour that I realised this blindness thing was permanent. I desperately needed to talk to somebody. I found her in the OAB. I will be forever grateful for the time spent talking with Judith. She understood exactly how I felt, offered a sympathetic ear whilst also sharing practical advice about living day to day with no sight. I hope she knows how much I admire and care about her. In February I travelled to Norfolk to take part in various activities with other visually impaired young adults. We went biking, canoeing, climbing, swung between trees and navigated a terrifying high rope course. The most challenging and rewarding moment for me came in the cave! It involved clambering under, over and through some very tight spaces! I was head first into a tunnel so shallow I was crawling through completely flat on my stomach. It was strenuous and I panicked. But there was no escape. The only option was to carry on! Luckily adrenaline kicked in, as I shuffled and shifted through the long tunnel bruising my elbows and knees with every turn. It was a struggle, but so satisfying when I made it! I was reminded of our innate power to persevere through situations that seem insurmountable at the time. The tunnel is a bit like the challenge of losing sight. There is no turning back. There will be moments of panic and pain. But if you stay strong and take one step at a time you'll eventually find your way back into the light. Mel, 25, Abingdon (picture is of Mel swinging through the trees at an activity weekend)

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Hi all! I could do with some advice ☺ After the holidays I'm due to deliver a talk to Sonnys school class about Scarlett and her visual impairment. It is going to be tied into making tactile sensory boards for Scarletts new play room. I am going to talk them about what blind means and get them to do some activities under blindfold and show them an example diy sensory board. Does anyone have any tips on simple sensory board ideas that a nursery class could make themselves and any tips on the best way to describe visually impaired to the young minds? Thanks you in advance ... See MoreSee Less

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Through Scarletts EyesThat's a really good idea Lucy! How long is the book. As they are only nursery students I've not got much time for the session x6 days ago

Trudie GrahamTagged you to show you Rubens bedroom which is sensory 👍1   ·  6 days ago

Through Scarletts EyesThank you very much for your feedback! I have put together a proposal for the talk and I'd never heard of moles sunrise before so thank you very much Lucy Kibria for telling me about it. I have bought it and can't wait to read it to sonny x6 days ago

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Lucy Kibriahttp://www.livingpaintings.org/moles_sunrise make sure you get permission from the parents to blind fold the kids in case some get a little scared by the experience.1   ·  6 days ago

Lucy KibriaRead them the story moles sunrise it's a lovely story, I think you can get it through living paintings, maybe read the story while they are blindfolded so they can feel the pictures :)1   ·  6 days ago

Trudie GrahamHi Charlotte I done a team day and made sensory boxes out of household goods which was free and fun working with children getting them to think of their own ideas 👍 definitely do the blind fold experience and I will sort out some examples of sensory boards we use with deaf blind adults x1   ·  6 days ago

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