Cardiff University: Traditional eye screening ‘ineffective’ for special schools

22 March 2019
Source: Cardiff University

A pioneering report co-authored by Dr Maggie Woodhouse has provided further evidence that traditional eye screening in special schools is ineffective in detecting vision problems for children with learning disabilities. The research, which was funded by the vision charity SeeAbility, concluded that full eye examinations are a more effective method for detection. The report aimed to present the findings of

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SeeAbility’s CEO reacts to the NHS long term plan

31 January 2019
Source: SeeAbility

Reacting to the NHS long term plan published on 7 January 2019, Lisa Hopkins, SeeAbility’s CEO said: The plan is one of two halves: whilst the NHS has embraced the call for preventative eye care in this high risk population, there is still much work to be done on supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to move away from

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Learning Disability Today: Leaving the family home: the possibility of supported living

12 November 2018
Source: Learning Disability today

Home or away? When it’s time for an adult son or daughter with learning disabilities to fly the nest, should parents opt to move out so they can have round-the-clock care in the home they have always known, or is a fresh start in supported living the better option? Darren Devine explores the options. For parents of children with learning

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Institute of Health Equity: A Fair, Supportive Society

5 November 2018
Source: Institute of Health Equity

The IHE report A Fair, Supportive Society highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population – that’s 1,200 people every year. The report commissioned by NHSE highlights key facts, stats, and interventions. Much of the government action needed to improve life

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Public Health England: Guidance: People with dementia and learning disabilities: reasonable adjustments

9 July 2018
Source: Public Health England

Information on the importance of meeting the needs of people with dementia and learning disabilities. This guide aims to help staff in public health, health services and social care to provide services that are accessible to people with learning disabilities that have or are at risk of developing dementia. Additionally, this guide is also intended to be of use to

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SeeAbility releases new film for Learning Disability week

18 June 2018
Source: SeeAbility

The national disability charity aims to encourage people with learning disabilities to look after their eyes and have regular sight tests, and eye care professionals to make reasonable adjustments so that people get the care they need. The theme for Learning Disability Week 2018 is health, and SeeAbility’s new film is about Leanne, a young woman with Down’s syndrome and

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SeeAbility’s new special schools report: Equal Right to Sight

2 May 2018
Source: SeeAbility

SeeAbility has supported over 1,200 special school children across England, providing adjusted eye tests and collecting data. We think it’s the biggest global study actively reporting on the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities. Of the children using the SeeAbility service over a four academic year period we have found, with the help of Dr Maggie Woodhouse’s support

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NICE guideline on care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities

11 April 2018
Source: NICE

This final guideline has now been published on the NICE website. You can also find the supporting evidence, as well as all the stakeholder comments that we received during consultation and the responses to these comments. The comments were invaluable in helping us to develop and refine the guideline. We have also produced an equality impact assessment to support the

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NICE guideline on learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery published

28 March 2018
Source: NICE

This final guideline has now been published on the NICE website. You can also find the supporting evidence, as well as all the stakeholder comments that we received during consultation and the responses to these comments. The comments were invaluable in helping us to develop and refine the guideline. We have also produced an equality impact assessment to support the

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GOC: Education Strategic Review, only 1 week left to respond.

9 March 2018
Source: GOC

There’s only 1 week left to respond to the GOC concepts and principles consultation! Let them know your thoughts. Respond to the GOC concepts and principles consultation More information about GOC consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training is now available on the GOC consultations page. Join our Education Strategic Review Stakeholder Forum  The Stakeholder

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