Events, training and networks

Do you want to update your knowledge? Our courses and networking opportunities will help you include children and young people with a vision impairment.

We offer lots of opportunities to update your knowledge and network with colleagues both virtually and face to face.

Online training

Understanding visual impairment in children and young people

Key features of the course: 

  • Designed to support professionals and parents to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with vision impairment.  
  • You set your own pace.
  • Delivered online.
  • Includes assessment activities leading to an RNIB certificate.
  • Cost: £140

Fill out the application form, and enrol at any time:

Partners in Learning course

Key features of the course:

  • BTEC course (level 3) developed between RNIB and the Open University.
  • Uses a blended learning approach of online study and discussion activities.
  • Includes two face-to-face training days.
  • Consists of six units studied over 12 months  (as part of a group so plenty of contact with others).
  • Begins September 2015.
  • Cost: £700

Watch our Partners in Learning video now!

Find out more and book your place now by completing the application form below:

Effective teaching of literacy through braille

Key features of the course:

  • Open to qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment
  • Written and tutored by specialists in braille literacy
  • Combines online study and discussion activities
  • Leads to RNIB certificate
  • Studied online over 6 months
  • Begins October 2016
  • Cost:  £600 (discount for VIEW members)

Find out more and book your place now by completing the application form below:

Conferences

National Transition Conference: 1 July 2015 (Birmingham)

Pathways through transition: life after compulsory education for young people with vision impairment

Taking place at the University of Birmingham, this one-day conference focusing on the real life experiences of blind and partially sighted young people as they work through the journey from school into further/higher education and into the world of living and working independently. Cost: £95

You can find out more and book your place here.

Courses and Professional Network Meetings

RNIB/VIEW Braille networking day: 3 July (London) and 10 July (Leeds)

Offering a great opportunity to update your knowledge of key strategies and resources for teaching braille to children. Learn about good practice around braille (including learning from fellow VI professionals) and share information and ideas about resources and teaching approaches. These meetings will focus on everyday technology and computing for blind users. Braille networking days are aimed at Education professionals working with children and young people with vision impairment who are learning through braille.  Cost £40. 
 
Download the programme and application form:
Please return application forms to: cypf@rnib.org.uk
 

Join our VITAL network (Visual Impairment Touches All Learning)

Do you work with children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment? 

Would you like to get together with others in the same field?

Facilitated by RNIB, VITAL brings together teaching and associated professionals working with children and young people with complex needs and vision impairment. Our members work in schools, services, early years and health settings. 

Join us, and we’ll be in touch about networking, professional development and training opportunities - email vital@rnib.org.uk 

Forthcoming meeting: VITAL London and South East: 29 June (London)

Touch Trust: the power of touch for wellbeing, choice-making and listening. Dilys Price OBE will present Touch Trust, the initiative she founded, which offers creative movement programmes to children with complex needs, including those with vision impairment. Using techniques based on Laban's educational movement, Touch Trust engages staff, parents and children in programmes which use touch, movement, dance, music, scent and colour to bring out the potential of children with disabilities. Cost £40

To book a place, please download a booking form and return it to cypf@rnib.org.uk

Further information about VITAL

Online discussion forums

Vision Impairment Forum (VI Forum)

Our UK-based online discussion group, for all professionals working with children and young people with a visual impairment within an educational environment. VI Forum offers you the chance to discuss issues and provide a practical information-sharing forum. For further information about the forum, please download the below documents:

Join VI forum now or for further information contact the VI Forum Moderator, Juliette Taylor by emailing Juliette.taylor@rnib.org.uk 

Teachbraillists forum

Our recently launched online discussion forum aims to provide an opportunity for you to share best practice and discuss issues specifically relating to the teaching and supporting of learners who have the most severe vision impairment and are, or are likely to be, braille users. For further information about the forum, please download the below documents:

Join the 'teachbraillists' forum now or for further information contact the Teachbraillists Forum Moderator, Juliette Taylor by emailing Juliette.taylor@rnib.org.uk 

Professionals network framework

RNIB is currently involved in bringing together a national framework of professional networks within the visual impairment field, with the aim of providing information about their activities in one place. Our network directory forms a key part of our role in promoting effective practice in the education and development of blind and partially sighted children and young people. 

For further information on professional networks contact the RNIB Children, Young People and Families Team at cypf@rnib.org.uk

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