There’s a lot that can be done to make it – literally – a level playing field. “Go into the playground and you quite often get lots of ‘lips’ – small steps that it’s easy to miss,” says Suzy McDonald, habilitation specialist with Birmingham Education and Mobility Service. “Or there’ll be lovely wooden playground equipment in soft colours or windows that open outwards, with sharp edges.”
Both Suzy McDonald and John Rous-Milligan recommend doing an audit of the playground with the children who are blind or partially sighted, so that they can point out the things that someone else might never spot (like bushes that they always walk into that need to be cut back). In addition, they suggest some basic steps that every school should follow.