When local authorities are setting budgets and reviewing services, we recognise that they need to shape services to be fit for the future, ensuring finite resources are used efficiently. However, it’s crucial that any review meets the fundamental needs of children and young people with VI.
We’re concerned that the system of support for these children is disintegrating in England. They are frequently being let down by a lack of appropriate support to access the curriculum and to learn vital social, communication and mobility skills.
Local authorities have the power to put high-quality specialist support, delivered by appropriately qualified professionals, in place, so that children and young people with VI can thrive alongside their sighted peers.