Children & Young People with a Vision Impairment

This Committee is open to anyone with an interest in either the provision of services to, or issues relating to, children and young people with a vision impairment. Vision impaired children are often marginalised within mainstream education or within the broad definition of “disabled children”. The Committee aims to identify an agenda or framework for children with a vision impairment to show who is providing what, where gaps may exist and where children and their parents can find the information they need.

The Committee will provide a forum for agencies to meet, establish a framework for vision impaired children and, where practicable, a means for joint commissioning of services.

The Committee should also be able to provide links to all of the key agencies involved in helping and advising children and their families.

It is also planned to build up a library of information of interest and use to children with a vision impairment and their families.


Member organisations:

Association of British Dispensing Opticians
Adult Social Care and Health Directorate Kent County Council
British and Irish Orthoptic Society
The College of Optometrists
England Vision Strategy
Guide Dogs
Havering Strategy Group
National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP)
Nystagmus Network
Royal Society for Blind Children
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Paediatric Sub-Committee (represented by Vision UK)
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Vision UK
Visual Impairment Network for Children and Young People (VINCYP – representing children and young people with VI in Scotland)
Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA)
Visionary (represented by MoorVision)
WESC Foundation