School life and planning ahead

School is a major part of a young person's life, not just for learning and gaining qualifications, but it also can be the starting point for friendships, hobbies and out-of-school interests.

This section addresses the specific issues that may come up about being at school with a vision impairment, like adaptations for exams, or how to study most effectively. There is also guidance about starting to plan for life after school, most commonly known as Transition Planning.

In this section you will find information on:

Teaching young people with a vision impairment

There is also information about teaching young people with vision impairment, including subject-specific guidance in our Education Professionals section. You may find it helpful to review this yourself, so that you can influence the way your subjects are supported.

Through their eyes

A group of young people have made a short film about their experiences at mainstream secondary school.

Watch the "Through their eyes" video or read the video transcript on the Action for Blind people website.

We're here to help

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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