It is not uncommon for vision impaired children and young people to face a plethora of barriers when it comes to accessing education and being part of an inclusive and supportive school environment.

With some extra consideration and adjustment, these barriers can be overcome within mainstream settings.


Gaining a greater understanding of what are classified as ‘reasonable adjustments’ in school is a great way to help your child get the most out of their educational career.  Just remember, one small change can make a huge difference.  As parents, this can seem a bit of a minefield topic as there is no national standard applied to schools.

Reasonable adjustments are changes that can be made in schools to help disabled pupils take part in education on the same basis as other students. Too often, children with a vision impairment don’t get the same opportunities as their sighted peers in school.  The adjustments you can request can be put in place in order for VI children not to be put at a disadvantage.

Guide Dogs, in partnership with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), have produced Reasonable Adjustments in Schools guidance.  This has been created with the view that the 41,000 vision impaired children receive better support throughout their education.

To find out more about the purpose of reasonable adjustments, how they can help your child and to download the guides that have been created please follow the link below:

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