Education resources

Having a sight problem shouldn't be a barrier to learning.

Our learning products and publications are designed to help blind and partially sighted students in common school subjects.

Helpful resources

Read our downloadable guides to finding books for leisure and books for the classroom.

Read our downloadable guide to subject led classroom resources and products that teachers recommend for use in the classroom

Take a look at our effective practice guides for tips on how to creatively teach National Curriculum subjects to blind and partially sighted learners in our guidance on teaching and learning page.

Read our guide on electronic textbooks.

Load2Learn is a free service providing accessible textbooks and images to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print.

New products and publications

The new school year is here and we have lots of new products which are sure to brighten up classrooms and help students with their everyday learning. Here's just a snippet but for our full range visit our online shop.

Children will love to learn phonics with our Talking Jolly Phonics interactive tiles. Each square tile has been pre-recorded with a Jolly Phonic sound and a corresponding image on the front. There are four additional recordable tiles included so they can practise saying the phoneme, and then listen back to make sure they are pronouncing it properly.

The use of coloured overlays can make reading more comfortable for children who suffer from conditions such as visual stress and dyslexia. Finding the correct colour is important so try our new Mixed colour test pack. It contains one sheet of each of the following colours: rose, purple, blue, turquoise, apple, orange, neutral, yellow, leaf, aqua, lilac, magenta.

Sayso is a simple toolbar software for students with dyslexia or low vision. It reads documents, web pages and emails using natural sounding voices. When writing, keystrokes are repeated back and words pronounced so they can be checking their spelling as they type.

The Ruby HD is a handheld video magnifier which displays exceptionally clear text at all magnification levels. It has the same colour coded buttons as the original Ruby which has been popular in schools, making it simple to use. It is fully portable so is ideal for use by students who need something they can take from classroom to classroom.

The Olympus DP-311 NoteCorder is a simple voice recorder which can hold up to 166 hours of high quality recordings, or add even more memory with an SD card. It has three different record settings and is ideal for recording notes, memory joggers, lessons and lectures.

Unified English Braille (UEB)

Due to the implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB), all of our children's contracted braille courses have be discontinued and new editions will be introduced over the next six to nine months. The Hands On braille reading scheme is the first course to be rewritten and is now available to buy. Other children's courses such as Take Off, Abi Books, Braille in Easy Steps and Reading Together will follow.

For further information about UEB and a timetable for implementation, visit the UK Association for Accessible Formats website.

Have you heard about...

Load2Learn is a free service providing accessible textbooks and images to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print. There are currently over 2000 book titles and over 2300 images available with more being added every week. For more information visit the Load2Learn website.

Braille and print readers can enjoy reading together anytime with shared reading books. Each book has bold clear or giant print, braille and stunning illustrations that make reading fun with teachers and class reading buddies. We have 17 different titles including classics such as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and the popular 'Oh the Places You'll Go' from Dr Suess.

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Transition Guidance for Young People (14 -25)

RNIB, in partnership with Action for Blind People, has produced transition guidance for young people who are blind or partially sighted in England. Entitled 'Your future, your choice: bridging the gap', the guide outlines the support and services available to assist young people through their journey from school, through further and higher education, and into employment.

The guide aims to empower young people, enabling them to make informed choices about their future. The guide signposts young people to agencies providing support, such as Disability Employment Advisors, and clarify schemes such as Disabled Students Allowance and Access to Work.

The guide is a useful resource for professionals working with young people to help support young people to make their own decisions about their future.

Your future, your choice: Bridging the Gap

England

The England guidance is available to download here:

Across the UK

'Your future, your choice: bridging the gap' is part of a series of 'Bridging the gap' guides for young people who are blind or partially sighted living in the UK. You can download the guide for your country by visiting:

Email cypf@rnib.org.uk for further information.

Count me in DVD and Hear me out CD

Count me in

Count me in is a challenging and thought-provoking training DVD Video produced by RNIB to promote good practice in the inclusion of blind and partially sighted children and young people.

This resource is intended for anyone working with blind and partially sighted learners, including class teachers, teaching assistants, special educational needs professionals and senior managers.

The DVD also includes a library of still images, along with a range of website links, text and audio resources.

Hear me out

Hear me out is an audio CD-ROM which complements Count me in. Understanding children's views and experiences is central to meeting their needs.

Hear me out gives blind and partially sighted children the opportunity to speak for themselves about their lives at school and at home. The CD-ROM also includes a DAISY version of the audio files.

  • Count Me In DVD product code ED 499 £23.95
  • Hear Me Out CD product code ED 500 £11.95
  • Count Me In and Hear Me Out together product code ED 501 £32.00

To order, call the Helpline team on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

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