Find out more about the specialist professionals that can support blind and partially sighted students and what services local authorities can provide.Find out more about 'A Guide to the Professionals'
Understanding Vision Impairment
There are an estimated 34,500 blind and partially sighted children and young people aged 0-25 in England. This is only 2-3% of the total estimated SEND population which makes it a low incidence disability.
Given this, it may be that you haven’t supported any or many blind or partially sighted students and may need extra guidance to put the right support in place. No one expects career advisers, teachers or other professionals to be an expert in knowing what support a blind or partially sighted student may need, that is why we are here.
To help you understand how many blind and partially sighted children and young people there are in England and in your area please read ‘Key facts about vision impairment in children and young people.’
RNIB has also produced a Sight Loss Data tool which provides local data on the number of blind and partially sighted people across every local authority.
What do we see?
For an understanding of what people with different sight conditions might see, watch our brilliant What do we see video
Read the other pages in this guide...
Get informative and useful resources to help you support blind and partially sighted students to transition from school to further education/employment.Find out more about 'Transitioning on From Secondary School'
A range of information and resources to help professionals effectively support blind and partially sighted students in mainstream education.Find out more about 'Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted Students in Mainstream Education'