SeeAbility is a national charity enriching the lives of people who have sight loss and other disabilities. SeeAbility's Children in Focus campaign is campaigning for sight tests in special schools for children who have disabilities and have produced a range of materials for parents, education staff and professionals around eye care, glasses, visual impairment and much more.
Children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other children and some are not accessing the eye care they need. SeeAbility's Children in Focus Campaign is campaigning for a national plan for sight testing in special schools in England. Since 2013 we have been providing sight tests in a selection of special schools in London to gather evidence for the need, we have prescribed glasses to over 30% of the children we have seen.
SeeAbility have produced a range of materials and resources for parents and teaching, health, social care staff all around eye care and vision for children who have disabilities.
Some of the topics covered include:
- How children with learning disabilities see
- How to access and prepare for eye tests
- Getting used to wearing glasses
- Understanding visual impairment
- Including eye care in EHC plans
- Easy read materials and films about vision
- Eye care forms for sharing and reporting information
Vision is key to learning, development and communication. SeeAbility feel that understanding how a child uses their vision and ensuring children have the opportunity to have good vision is vital in enabling children to make the most of their education.