Vision Impairment Awareness MorningLast Updated 18/10/2019
The new Bi-borough Visual Impairment specialist teaching team recently met a variety of teachers, SENCOs and teaching assistants during their ‘Vision Impairment Awareness Morning’ at the Westminster Training & Outreach Centre based at Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School. The teachers gave an introduction to a variety of eye conditions and offered helpful teaching strategies while explaining how staff can support their students to work as independently as possible to prepare them for later life.
Attendees experienced simulated eye conditions while tackling various activities, including tactile and sensory games and exploration of the Brailler.
Children speakers – in person and via videos – had the last word and left the biggest impression while raising awareness of some of the issues experienced by young people with vision impairment within education today. One blind 25-year old Frank Knox fellow at Harvard Law school and barrister specialising in human rights and discrimination law, formerly a student at Edward Wilson Vision Impairment unit in Westminster, explained: “Don’t underestimate the imprint you can leave on somebody’s life. There is so much power that resides within a special educational needs department – a power to do good. More than anything, kindness and patience are the two virtues which are so important and will be remembered forever.