Resources for parents of blind or partially sighted children

This section has been written based on what parents tell us they would like to know. It includes practical advice, ideas and contacts for parents and families of children with vision impairment. 

Your child and vision impairment – first steps

We know it is a worrying time - there's no "normal" response to finding out your child has a sight condition - people respond in different ways.  Here you will find important contacts and information to guide and support you with those first steps.

Encouraging independence

There are many ways you can encourage independence, and help your child to move around more confidently, begin to look after their own needs and feel more confident at mealtimes. Your child may need to be taught skills that others do by imitation, and we tell you about the people who can help with this.

Learning and school

Children with vision impairment are entitled to support for their learning from birth onwards by a specialist teacher called a QTVI.  If your child has complex needs, they will usually be supported in a special school in your local authority – find out more in our learning and school page. 

Eye information to share with your child

Your child may find the NHS website Eyesight really useful. Developed by Moorfields Hospital, this accessible and easy to understand site is written specifically for children. Eyesight contains age-specific patient information, activities and fact sheets on eye conditions, like childhood glaucoma, squint and myopia, for 3-19 year olds.

Financial support

Find out about financial support, grants and allowances for families of children with a vision impairment.

 

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Our Helpline is your direct line to the support, advice, and products you need to face the future with confidence. If you or someone you know has a sight problem, our specialist advice workers can help.

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