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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

VICTA Christmas Competition

Decorate our VICTA Christmas tree for treats! For a few years now our VICTA Christmas tree has been looking a little sad and we need your help to spruce it up this year! We are running a competition in which we would like children of all ages to make a decoration to send in to us. We will then be decorating our tree throughout December and sharing photos on our website and social media for you all to see. There will be prizes for first, second and third place and a little treat for all the runners up to say thank … Read more

Red Flags: Signs that your child is suffering from vision problems

August marked Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month (as well as it almost being time to go back to school!) and the World Health Organisation has found that 19 million* children in the world are visually impaired. Of this amount, 12 million are visually impaired due to refractive errors which can be easily diagnosed and corrected through a routine eye examination. When it comes to children’s sight, early detection is key to ensuring that your child has the visual skills that they need to do well in school, sports and other activities.  But, do you know how to spot the warning … Read more

Free family events for visually impaired visitors at the Science Museum

On Saturday 10th September the Science Museum is running free family events for visually impaired visitors. All events have been created for VI families. Times and details are as follows: 10:30 & 12:30 – Audio Described ‘Stronger by Design’ Science show and touch tour The Theatre, Ground Floor This interactive show explores the science of forces and structures and is a great introduction to simple engineering. Come and help us make a special version of a club sandwich with a secret ingredient – you! Or try sitting on over 500 nails on our evil Chair of Doom. (Recommended for families … Read more

The Rising Threat of Poor Eye Health among Children in the UK

In the United Kingdom, there is an increasing risk to poor eye health among children, as 1 in 5 kids have an undetected vision problem. What’s even more alarming is that 25% of parents said their children never had any form of an eye exam, and 8% couldn’t even recall the last time their children had one. Despite these distressing figures, the UK National Screening Committee, a government body responsible for performing the reviewing the childhood vision screening, advises that eye tests should only be conducted if kids are having vision problems in school or suffering from a chronic illness. … Read more

LOOK-UK Skype mentoring group initiative

LOOK-UK is a registered charity which aims to support blind and vision impaired young people and their families. One way in which we aim to do this is through Skype mentoring groups. This is part of our mentoring project which will be launching later this summer. There will be several Skype groups these will be split into age groups, which will give the opportunity for young people to connect with others that are a similar age to them. The mentoring groups will give blind and vision impaired young people the opportunity to help and support each other, discuss any issues … Read more

First Steps into Scotland: British Blind Sport

What is First Steps? First Steps is a British Blind Sport initiative supported by Scottish Disability Sport for visually impaired children. The aim of the project is to improve visually impaired children’s health and fitness by encouraging an active lifestyle. The challenge: Two in every three children do not meet the Government’s guidelines of 60 minutes activity each day and over one third are overweight or obese. The risk of inactivity and obesity is even higher for visually impaired children, who face additional barriers to participation such as a lack of inclusive PE teaching in mainstream schools, bullying and lower … Read more

Guide Dog Experience Day Round Two!

On the 2nd June 2016 we very luckily managed to secure a place on the Guide Dog Experience Day, hosted by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Blind Children UK.  We had attended a similar event in 2014 and I was very keen to see how Scarlett would respond to the lovely labs once again! The Guide Dog Experience Day gave myself and my two children, Scarlett and Sonny plenty of opportunity to learn all about what Guide Dogs do!  From grooming to feeding, the attentive staff were wonderful in teaching parents carers and the kiddies all about what it … Read more

Blind people and careers! Information about an upcoming workshop

When people ask me about my child, Scarlett, the topic of careers seems to be one that is often touched upon.  I must admit myself at the point of first diagnosis I did when running through the moments of my life question, what kind of job would my blind child be able to do. I have facilitated and attended many parent’s workshops and time and time again the question arises, “Who would employ someone who has a visual impairment?” Blind in Business is an organisation that can help you with just that question! Founded in 1992 by three blind graduates … Read more

Volunteer for VICTA Children

Can you help VICTA support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted? At VICTA we run a busy calendar of activities throughout the year which promote independence and confidence in the children and young people we support. These activities wouldn’t be possible without the help of our fantastic volunteers and we are currently looking for new people to join our volunteer network. There are many fantastic volunteering opportunities on offer ranging from supporting in our creche at the early years weekend to helping on international trips. In particular we are currently looking for volunteers aged 18 or over to … Read more