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.

Courses and Professional Network Meetings

RNIB/VIEW Braille Network days

RNIB/VIEW Braille Network days provide an important opportunity to keep yourself up to date with good practice. Come together to share teaching techniques and resources for blind learners and to meet other people with similar interests and concerns.

The next Braille Network days will be held in January 2017 in London and Leeds. Programme details will be published here in due course.

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

Next VITAL meetings available for booking

Fight or flight to comfy and calm

Helping children with complex needs and vision impairment to manage support and interventions from teachers and therapists.

Nerys Hughes, Advanced Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director of Whole Child Therapy, will explore the sensory, environmental and behavioural challenges that can make it difficult for children with complex needs and vision impairment to access their learning.

You can attend this workshop in one of three places, (10.30am – 3.30pm)

South Wales:                                        

  • Wednesday 2nd November 2016
  • Gwent Visual Impairment Teaching Service, Cwmbran, NP44 3AB


  • Monday 28th November 2016
  • Special Needs Teaching Service, Pindar Road, Leicester LE3 9RN                                    


  • Thursday 12th January 2017
  • RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE

Cost: £40 (£30 to members of VIEW.)

More detailed information is available here:

Please complete and return a booking form if you would like to attend one of the meetings.

If you have any questions please contact or telephone 01509 632 413

Further information about VITAL:

Online training

RNIB is in the process of handing over the delivery of the online courses below to VIEW, the professional association for the vision impairment education workforce. For more information and application forms please contact

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 VIEW certificate
  • Studied online over 6 months
  • Begins October 2016
  • Cost:  £700 (£600 for VIEW members)

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 a VIEW certificate.
  • Cost: £200 (VIEW members £140)

Partners in Learning 

Key features of the course:

  • Accredited as level 3 BTEC course  
  • 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
  • Includes regular group discussion work
  • Begins February 2017
  • Cost: £850 (VIEW members £750)

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