Department for Education: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

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20 March 2020
Source: Department for Education

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be updated as we have further information available. How does this relate to Special Schools, and vulnerable children. “Will this apply to independent schools and boarding schools? Yes. We are asking independent schools and boarding schools to do

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Charity celebrates ‘a change in sight’ for thousands of children with learning disabilities and autism

10 October 2019
Source: SeeAbility

In celebration of World Sight Day 2019, SeeAbility, the national learning disability, autism and sight loss charity, is releasing a report on its successful campaign for eye care in special schools. The report will be launched in Perseid School in Merton, the school where SeeAbility first began its project in 2013. Supported by the charity’s campaigning work and the insights

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How children with learning disabilities can miss out on eye care

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28 March 2019
Source: SeeAbility

An evaluation on the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published in the peer reviewed international science journal PLOS ONE. Three of the four authors, including the lead author, are from SeeAbility’s clinical team – Lisa Donaldson Optometrist and Clinical Lead, Marek Karas Senior Optometrist and Donna O’Brien Policy and Research manager, supported by Dr

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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 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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British Journal of Ophthalmology: Are all children with visual impairment known to the eye clinic?

14 September 2016
Source: British Journal of Ophthalmology/Rachel Pilling

‘Are all children with visual impairment known to the eye clinic?’  has just been published by British Journal of Ophthalmology. We think our readers will enjoy and learn from it, and thank you for writing it. Use this link: http://bjo.bmj.com/cgi/rapidpdf/bjophthalmol-2016-308534?ijkey=ZTDqBnly032MnXE&keytype=ref

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