Right now, your local council could be deciding how they will support children and young people with vision impairment. Every year councils look at their budgets and make difficult decisions about which services they want to change or stop providing.
The system of support for children and young people with vision impairment in England is disintegrating. Children are falling into a vacuum and too many are being let down by a lack of appropriate support to access the curriculum and to learn vital social, communication and mobility skills.
As councils review their budgets, we’re monitoring any potential risks to current services, and will be putting on pressure to ensure that vital support for children and young people with vision impairment is protected.
The best way to protect local vision services is by making sure that councils hear from the children, young people and parents who use their services. If this is you, we’ve put together some handy resources to help you work with your council to ensure that any changes support you or your child to achieve the best possible outcomes. You can also take a look at the briefing we’ve put together for councils in the next section.
If you work for a local authority we’ve produced a briefing that pulls together good practice, legislation and guidance into a checklist of eight questions to ensure that the very best outcomes for children and young people are met.
The current system of support for children and young people with vision impairment is disintegrating and letting them down.
We are planning to hold a Parliamentary reception later in the year to inform MPs about the lack of support for children and young people with vision impairment around the country. Before then, we would like to hear from parents, children and young people with vision impairment and professionals about the support you have received or given.