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 you tube channel.

Transition guides

We've created handy guides for blind and partially sighted young people who are about to move into higher education and work.

Take a look at our transition guides