Tackling a disintegrating VI system

Post date: 
Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Help RNIB tackle the problems that children and young people with vision impairment face by taking part in their latest campaign.

Too many children and young people with vision impairment (VI) don’t get the opportunities they need to build a successful future. An increasingly disintegrating system is resulting in a postcode lottery service. We want all children and young people to get high quality early years support, special educational provision and independent living skills training to give them the same life chances as sighted children.

Do you support children, young people or families who are impacted by these problems? Would you be willing to share your experiences of education, health and social care to help build a picture of provision across the country?

RNIB is looking for parents and carers of children with VI as well as professionals who support them and young people with VI themselves to get involved in shaping and leading this campaign. 

Pledge your support by sharing your story

We spoke to a parent, George Holroyd, who told us why he wants to be involved: “I’m the father of a ten-year-old blind child called Theo. He attends a mainstream school. He’s able to do that because he has a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI), Teaching Assistant and lots of supportive teachers to help him achieve at school. It’s at school where children need get on and get access to technology and reading and writing so they can access the workplace later.

“I think we’ve been relatively lucky, talking to other parents the current outcomes for blind children in the UK are not great. A major problem with specialist education provision is the fragmentation - councils are encouraged to commission services and not to provide them. This results in a postcode lottery of services and it’s utterly unfair in different parts of the country. 

“I’m very keen to be involved in the campaign. As a parent of a blind child you see just how important the service is – what the teachers and support workers do for Theo is vital.”
We want to see services that meet the needs of all children and young people with VI and together we can make it happen.

Further information

  • Please get in touch with the RNIB Campaigns team on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected]

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