Children & Young People with a Vision Impairment

Vista, vacancy: Family Support Officer

6 January 2020
Source: Vista

37hrs per week   Fixed Term till 30th September 2022 £22,665.75 per annum An opportunity has arisen, to further develop and implement our family support service to meet the needs of children with sight loss. The role will also facilitate opportunities for parents and carers to enable them to better meet their children’s needs and aspirations. You’ll have a caring

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To Coincide with World Braille Day 2020, VICTA is Excited to Launch its First Braille Art Competition

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6 January 2020
Source: VICTA

The tactile system of Braille is really something to be celebrated, making reading and writing accessible to those of us with vision impairments and really opening up the world! To show our huge appreciation on World Braille Day (4 January 2020), VICTA has decided to extend the celebrations and discover just what else can be achieved using this incredible alphabet.

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New age limit for the Orbit Reader 20 Grant

30 December 2019
Source: VICTA

In an update to our grant partnership with RNIB, VICTA is now able to offer the Orbit Reader 20 for 8 to 25 years. If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Apple iPad Air 2 (32 GB) with case (age criteria 11 to 25 years) and/or an Orbit Reader

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Earn your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with VICTA

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27 December 2019
Source: VICTA

VICTA worked with the team at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2018 and 2019 to develop and deliver both a Bronze and Silver DofE Award programme for young people who are visually impaired. Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, The Award has built an admirable reputation not just for developing life skills but among colleges, universities and

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Blind school pupils attainment gap is highlighted

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20 December 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Blind and partially sighted school children are gaining fewer qualifications than their classmates, prompting calls from a sight loss charity for action to close a ‘shocking and unnecessary gap in attainment’. In a submission made yesterday [19 December 2019] to a Scottish Government review of additional support for learning, RNIB Scotland says: “Blind and partially sighted pupils require additional support

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Research identifies new grading system to predict future vision of children with infantile nystagmus

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19 December 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight-funded researchers from the University of Leicester have identified a new way of predicting the future vision of children with infantile nystagmus. The research, published in the journal Ophthalmology[1] has developed a grading system for retinal development in infants and young children with the condition, providing an important tool for ophthalmologists to determine their future vision. This new

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Macular Society launches new Working Age and Young People’s Service

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6 December 2019
Source: Macular Society

Leading national sight loss charity the Macular Society has launched a dedicated new service for younger and working age people with macular disease. The Working Age and Young People’s Service has been set up to provide a comprehensive range of support, specially tailored to meet the needs of younger people with sight loss and their families. Through the new service,

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British Blind Sport partner with University of Central Lancashire and Thomas Pocklington Trust for important children research piece

3 December 2019
Source: British Blind Sport

        British Blind Sport is pleased to announce a year-long partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to undertake research investigating the physical development rates of children with sight loss compared to their sighted peers. The research project will explore whether any link exists between a child’s sight levels and physical health

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National Center for Health Statistics: Vision Testing Among Children Aged 3–5 Years in the United States, 2016–2017

25 November 2019
Source: National Center for Health Statistics

Key findings   Data from the National Health Interview Survey During 2016–2017, 63.5% of children aged 3–5 years had ever had their vision tested by a doctor or other health professional. Hispanic children (58.6%) were less likely to have ever had their vision tested compared with non-Hispanic white children (65.4%). Receipt of a vision test increased with increasing parental educational

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