Events, training and networks

Do you want to update your knowledge? Our courses and networking opportunities will help you include children and young people with a vision impairment.

We offer lots of opportunities to update your knowledge and network with colleagues both virtually and face to face.

Online training

Understanding visual impairment in children and young people

Key features of the course: 

  • Designed to support professionals and parents to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with vision impairment.  
  • You set your own pace.
  • Delivered online.
  • Includes assessment activities leading to an RNIB certificate.
  • Cost: £140

Fill out the application form, and enrol at any time:

Partners in Learning course

Key features of the course:

  • BTEC course (level 3) developed between RNIB and the Open University.
  • Uses a blended learning approach of online study and discussion activities.
  • Includes two face-to-face training days.
  • Consists of six units studied over 12 months  (as part of a group so plenty of contact with others).
  • Begins September 2015.
  • Cost: £700

Watch our Partners in Learning video now!

Find out more and book your place now by completing the application form below:

Effective teaching of literacy through braille

Key features of the course:

  • Open to qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment
  • Written and tutored by specialists in braille literacy
  • Combines online study and discussion activities
  • Leads to RNIB certificate
  • Studied online over 6 months
  • Begins October 2016
  • Cost:  £600 (discount for VIEW members)

Find out more and book your place now by completing the application form below:

Conferences

No events at present.

Pathways through transition: life after compulsory education for young people with vision impairment

This national conference took place in July 2015. Read the conference presentations on our Transition conference page.

Courses and Professional Network Meetings

Unified English Braille training in technical subjects

We are pleased to be able to announce that RNIB will be running three courses this autumn on how to transcribe secondary maths and science into UEB

  • Wednesday 28th October 2015 (Edinburgh)
  • Tuesday 3rd November 2015 (London)
  • Friday 13th November 2015 (Birmingham)

The workshop format will be the same as for the hugely successful National training programme run in the summer months of 2014.  Delegates should be confident readers of contracted braille.  The day will start with coffee at 9.30 and finish at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The cost will be £50 per head.

If you would like to attend then please download the booking form below and return to braille@rnib.org.uk

Unified English Braille training for literary text

RNIB has presented its popular one day update course, for literary text, across the UK for the last 2 years and demand for places is now falling.  For this reason we are offering just one date this term
  • Tuesday 27th October 2015 (Edinburgh)
Delegates should be existing braille readers.  The day will start with coffee at 9.30 and finish at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The cost will be £50 per head.

If you would like to attend then please download the booking form below and return to braille@rnib.org.uk

New College Worcester will also be offering a one day update course on Wednesday 25th November. For further details please visit the New College Worcester website.

Unified English Braille training delivered at your establishment

RNIB continues to offer the services of an experienced braille trainer who can visit your school or college to deliver a day of training in UEB.  For further details visit our one day literary braille course page.

VITAL network (Visual Impairment Touches All Learning)

Do you work with children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment? 

Would you like to get together with others in the same field?

Facilitated by RNIB, VITAL brings together teaching and associated professionals working with children and young people with complex needs and vision impairment. Our members work in schools, services, early years and health settings. 

Join us, and we’ll be in touch about networking, professional development and training opportunities - email vital@rnib.org.uk 

Further information about VITAL

VITAL South Wales network meeting: Positive Looking and sensory approaches - Assessing and developing visual skills in children with complex needs.

Presented by Gwyneth McCormack, Positive Eye

Friday 9 October 2015 at Gwent Visual Impairment Service, Cwmbran. (Venue TBC in September, we may be able to meet in a new school nearby.)

Cost: £40 including refreshments and lunch.

To book your place, please download the application form and return by email cypf@rnib.org.uk or post to the address on the form.

Online discussion forums

Vision Impairment Forum (VI Forum)

Our UK-based online discussion group, for all professionals working with children and young people with a visual impairment within an educational environment. VI Forum offers you the chance to discuss issues and provide a practical information-sharing forum. For further information about the forum, please download the below documents:

Join VI forum now or for further information contact the VI Forum Moderator, Juliette Taylor by emailing Juliette.taylor@rnib.org.uk 

Teachbraillists forum

Our recently launched online discussion forum aims to provide an opportunity for you to share best practice and discuss issues specifically relating to the teaching and supporting of learners who have the most severe vision impairment and are, or are likely to be, braille users. For further information about the forum, please download the below documents:

Join the 'teachbraillists' forum now or for further information contact the Teachbraillists Forum Moderator, Juliette Taylor by emailing Juliette.taylor@rnib.org.uk 

Sightline

Sightline is an online directory of services and organisations that help blind and partially sighted people in the UK. Maintained by RNIB, this directory is a great resource for you to find out what is happening in your local area including events for children, professional networking opportunities and local organisations for parents.

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