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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Introducing the VICTA Parent Portal

24 October 2019
Source: VICTA

The one stop information hub for all parents and carers raising a child with a vision Impairment. From assistive technology to leisure activities, education to financial support, the answers to your questions can be found on the portal. Over the years, we have heard parents describe the endless hours they would spend trawling the internet trying to find the information

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The Guardian: RNIB says schools are reducing specialist provision at a time when demand is growing

22 October 2019
Source: The Guardian

Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found. Less than half (44%) of councils in England have either cut or frozen funding for educational support for VI children, putting specialist provision under significant

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Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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Vision UK launches updated resource for families of children with vision impairment

4 October 2019

Improved support for parents and families of newly diagnosed children with vision impairment was unveiled during the British & Irish Paediatric Opthamology & Strabisimus Association (BIPOSA) conference earlier today (4 October 2019). Starting Point, a leaflet that can be given to families at the point of diagnosis, has been redesigned to help signpost parents to appropriate resources and professionals, while

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RNIB Scotland, Down’s Syndrome Scotland, LEAD Scotland, National Deaf Children’s Society, Scottish Autism, ENABLE Scotland and The Alliance.

12 September 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

A coalition of disability charities is urging all 32 Scottish local authorities to maintain vital funding for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN). The children and young people concerned, an estimated 199,000 in total, include those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities in mainstream education, as well as those with health conditions. In a letter to council

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Government Review into Support for Children and Young People with SEND

6 September 2019
Source: Council for disabled children

The government has today announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review is designed to improve services for disabled children and young people and their families. The review aims to evaluate the impact of these reforms, and to identify improvements. Too often disabled children and those with

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AOP: Why an eye examination should make the back to school checklist

15 August 2019

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is urging parents to add an eye test to their back to school checklist. More common ‘to do’s’ such as a new uniform, pencil case, haircut, school shoes may seem enough but an eye test is one vital, but often overlooked, check that can make a lasting impact. More than one in 10 children, in

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Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology: ‘It’s too late’. Is it really? Considerations for amblyopia treatment in older children

20 June 2019
Source: Theraputic Advances in Ophthalmology

Marianne E.F. Piano   Anita J. Simmers In recent years, media coverage has demonstrated instances in which families of children aged 7 and older, newly diagnosed with strabismic and/or anisometropic amblyopia through community eyecare services, were told it was ‘too late’ for their child to effectively respond to conventional amblyopia treatment (occlusion or atropine penalisation). Formal guidance pertaining to binocular

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