nasen and SeeAbility launch new mini-guide for SEND Professionals

News - 18 Jun 2018

nasen have recently partnered with SeeAbility to launch our latest mini guide which explores the eyecare needs and experiences of children and young people with special educational needs.

SeeAbility is a national charity championing better eyecare for people with learning disabilities and autism.

This newly published miniguide is essential reading for anyone who works with or cares for children and young people with SEND, particularly within special schools: it dispels some of the myths about eyecare and vision, shares the impact on learning and development of undiagnosed sight problems and suggests strategies for supporting children and young people with sight problems.

It also highlights some shocking results from research conducted by SeeAbility which showed that 47.5% of pupils in special schools had a problem with their vision, but only 7% had ever used a community optician and 43.7% had no history of eyecare at all.

Speaking about the new guide, nasen’s Chief Executive, Dr Adam Boddison said: “Partnering with SeeAbility to create this mini guide has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to bring together key skill sets from two trusted national charities.

This miniguide will make education professionals think differently about the impact of sight problems, and their occurrence in the population of children and young people with SEND. It provides lots of background information as well as practical tips for support and prompts you to think about your approach to sight and vision.”

Delegates attending this year’s nasen Live, the annual SEND conference will be able to pick up their free hard copy from SeeAbility, as well as have the opportunity to speak with their specialist staff about anything to do with sight and vision.

A copy can also be downloaded from the nasen website

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