Looking Up is a new social enterprise currently being produced to support the needs of visually impaired children and their families. Founder of Looking Up, Rebecca, is visually impaired as is a majority of her family, through a genetic condition. Her experiences on a personal level, amongst that of bringing up her visually impaired young daughter, and through working in education for 8 years was the inspiration for striving to improve experiences of society for visually impaired children and their families.
Rebecca has recently graduated with a degree in education, she decided to write her dissertation on; ‘How can we improve experiences of early years education for visually impaired children and their families’. The results from this research developed a firm basis for Looking Up.
Looking Up hopes to becomes a one point of call service, where families can come in and out when they please to access the resources and guidance. Looking Up hopes to act as a central community for anyone involved in a visually impaired child’s life, to access guidance to other services, information on entitlements and a support base, effectively a bridge between families and the wider society/services.
The name Looking Up came from the original idea of doing the ‘Looking Up’ for the parents and carers to take the pressure away, as many parents shared their concerns on how they had to tirelessly search for support themselves as opposed to being advised and pointed in the right direction. However further research has led to other support which would be beneficial through this one point of call community. Such as training for families and professionals, stay and play sessions for children with adapted equipment, parent groups etc.
Looking Up hopes to develop a thriving community where families feel welcome and included at all times. Where connections and friendships can be made and we can support one another in producing a more accessible society for visually impaired children.
During these early stages, Looking Up are looking to spread awareness, share the progress and receive support. Thank You.