Talking to and getting to know each other is key to settling in at university and making those life-long connections. With this in mind, we would encourage everyone to do what they can to include one another, support each other and talk freely.
That’s why we have put together some great advice and guidance for blind and partially sighted students and the people around them. This information comes directly from the experiences and learning of students.
Reaching out to a blind or partially sighted student
Taking that first step and reaching out to someone who has a vision impairment can make a world of difference. Most of the time it is about those simple gestures such as saying hello or starting a conversation; asking them if you can help when you see them struggling; or inviting them to join you on a trip to the shops or a social event you are going to. These small things can make a massive difference.
If you are a blind or partially sighted student yourself, check out the advice below to help you communicate your needs, talk about your condition with others, make new friends, try new things and make the most of university life!
Charlotte’s advice about communicating your needs
In this video, recent graduate Charlotte shares her advice for communicating your needs clearly and confidently to university staff, sports facilitators and fellow students. Watch now:
Connect with other blind and partially sighted students
Come and join TPT’s Student Support Community Facebook group! Our Student Support Community is a space for blind and partially sighted students to share advice and information, ask questions, and connect with those going through similar situations in a positive, supportive environment. The group is also a great place to stay up to date with the latest news, events, and opportunities.
Deafblind UK also have a Facebook forum, for individuals affected and those supporting them. Join to learn from each other, find out about events, and connect!
Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Community
This online community is for blind and partially sighted students, family and friends, education providers and other staff in the sector. It forms a supportive environment where relevant news, advice, questions and pieces of work can be shared to enable students with visual impairments to get the most out of their time at university.