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Parenting a child with a vision impairment

A young boy and girl running happily through the open front door of a house while their parents look on behind them from outside.
A young boy and girl running happily through the open front door of a house while their parents look on behind them from outside.
In this section, we have information, resources and advice on how you can support a child or young person with sight loss.

In this section

Information for parents of children with vision impairment

Based on what parents would like to know, this section includes practical advice, ideas and contacts for parents and families of children with vision impairment.

Benefits for children

Learn about the benefits you could claim if you are the parent or guardian of a blind or partially sighted child.

Messy and Muddy - a guide to outdoor play

For children with sight loss, playing outside provides the perfect opportunity to stay healthy, have fun and learn more about the world. Our Messy and Muddy guide gives different ways to make the most out of opportunities for outdoor play with your child.

Encouraging independence

Find out more about how to support children with vision impairment to perform the routine activities of daily living, such as moving around, washing and dressing.

Helping your child to communicate

If your child uses limited or no speech, there are many ways you can help them to communicate.

Parties and Playdates

Read our Parties and Playdates guide for activities and adaptations to make social activities accessible for children with vision impairments.

Short breaks or shared care

Short breaks or shared care is a way of getting a break from looking after your child. It gives you the chance to relax or spend time with others, knowing that your child is in safe hands.

Parent Pathways

Parent Pathways is a free and informal series of online sessions for parents and carers whose child has recently been diagnosed with vision impairment, or who want to find out more about a particular topic.

Book a Parent Pathways course

To book onto RNIB's Living Well with Sight Loss Parent Pathways course, please complete the form below.

Family Support and Events

RNIB Shape and Share events bring children and young people with a vision impairment plus their families together for peer support, to share experiences and take part in fun activities both in person across the UK and virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Take a look at our Living Well with Sight Loss Parent Pathway course