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Celebrating life’s little progresses

Today’s post is one that is full of happiness! I have spoken in the past somewhat about how sometimes you feel like you’re standing still, when in fact you are moving forward.  And sometimes progress can be with such little footsteps that it is hard to recall how far you have actually come.  This is why my blog is very important to me, I am able to track how well Scarlett is doing and it certainly helps me to appreciate the little steps that my gorgeous girl takes. Scarlett’s school The Seashell Trust have such a perfect way of communicating … Read more

The role of the Teaching Assistant

In the last forty years, there has been a seismic shift in attitudes to students with visual impairment. Until the 1960s, specialist education was the norm: nowadays ninety-five percent are educated in mainstream schools. Looking back The process of assimilation, which began in the ‘70s, gained huge momentum in the ‘80s. It sprang from an alliance of anti-segregation campaigners pushing for greater social awareness, and local authorities looking to shave costs, colluding to force change. In the contemporary classroom, inclusion is very much the ethos. Visually impaired students study alongside their fully-sighted peers, generally supported one-to-one by Learning Support Assistants … Read more


Positive Eye, the expert in providing training and resources for teachers of children with visual impairment, has developed a brand new product, Positive Looking 2. This comprehensive resource is a companion to the hugely successful Positive Looking 1, its flagship programme which helps to enhance learning and support the development of visual skills in children from birth upwards. Positive Looking is an easy to use guide that offers a comprehensive framework which any practitioner can follow to help grow the child’s abilities and accurately track progress. It is widely used throughout the UK and internationally and its simple directions and … Read more

The Royal National College for the blind

The Royal National College for the blind The UK’s leading specialist residential college of further education for people with a visual impairment RNC is proud to offer a range of courses at various levels to both students aged 16 to 25 and adult trainees aged 18 to 65. Discover how we help people who are visually impaired move into Higher Education, employment or self-employment. Contact us today to arrange a visit. Call us to arrange a personalised tour on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk Facebook www.facebook.com/RNCHereford Twitter @RNC_Hereford

Mohammed ‘The Blind Journalist’ – Studying for my degree with my visual impairment

Below is an interview that was conducted with TheBlindJournalist Mohammed Salim Patel who graduated from the University Of Central Lancashire in 2015. Mohammed is registered blind and he has shared his experience as a disabled student studying for a degree. If you wish to view his blog and more of his work, go to http://theblindjournalist.blogspot.co.uk/ Q: Had you always planned on going to university? A: Ever since I was in secondary school and doing my GCSE’s I knew that one day I would go to University. It wasn’t something I thought about in detail however, I just knew that my … Read more

Getting to those first words

Ronan made his first word like utterance at the age of 15 months. It sounded like “ge”. Maybe it meant yes or maybe again. By the time Ronan was 2.5, he had a sound for yes, no, and a very clear, “again”. At three, Ronan was still not talking.  Now almost 3.5, the sounds and language are coming quickly. Here is our story to getting those first words. We took Ronan to the Developmental Vision clinic at 19 months to get their advice. They told us that he should do more container play. Despite our best efforts (see blog), we … Read more

When optimism escaped a break through

Scarlett’s speech has been my main concern over these last few years.  In the beginning as she joined in singing the nursery rhymes and as I proudly paraded her use of language in front of the community pediatrician to nods of approval, I didn’t at that moment in time think that now at aged nearly six years old that Scarlett wouldn’t be speaking fluently. I enjoy talking, explaining and articulating!  In fact I actually struggle to shut up!  So, I thought myself and Scarlett would make a perfect team.  You see verbal communication seemed like a very important exchange between … Read more

Tactile sensory game to support a blind child’s visit to the farm

In my previous blog I wrote about how Scarlett and I had a private sensory tour of Nuzzlets, a small charity based in based near Great Ouseburn, York.   Nuzzlets objectives are to provide loving homes for unwanted animals, free access to young people for therapy and education and they specialise in visits for children with disabilities, special needs and life threatening illnesses.  If you would like to read more about our first visit please click here! I wanted to maximise this learning experience for Scarlett by creating a craft project at home which can keep her time at the farm alive in her … Read more

Helping a blind child to understand the senses at the farm

Farm animals are a perennial favourite with young children, and feature prominently in games, learning activities and early literature.  The great thing about these types of animals is that it offers children a chance to get ‘hands-on’, which can help a child who is visually impaired gain a greater understanding of how fun farm animals can be.  With lots of sensory stimulation farm’s can be an exciting place to learn. Following the success of my Christmas visit to get up close and personal with a reindeer in the post ‘When Scarlett Met Rudolph’ I wanted to try and recreate something … Read more

Top Access Tips: Practical Science- by Gwyneth McKormack from Positive Eye

This post provided by Gwyneth McCormack from Positive Eye, a UK based Educational and Training Consultancy for professionals who work with children with a visual impairment. Gwyn’s Top Tips! Use contrasting equipment in bright colours where possible. Use bright colour paint to highlight the edges of equipment. A set of scratch free equipment kept specifically on a tray for the child’s use, ensures access is as good as possible. Also this saves time in child collecting all the equipment and enables a prompt start to the exercise. An empty tray with lip for child to work on, also makes equipment … Read more