You may not want to label them as ‘disabled’ or it may feel like you’re putting them in a box. However, “registration” simply means being on your local social service’s register of people who are either severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted). It is voluntary and completely confidential, and your details won’t be shared.
You will get a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) from your child’s eye specialist, likely an ophthalmologist, after they have completed visual testing examinations. Your child’s vision has to meet the specific criteria on a visual acuity test in order to qualify for a CVI. It will detail whether your child is sight impaired or severely sight impaired. Keeping the CVI safe is important as you will be asked to present it on a number of occasions to provide proof and it isn’t an easy process to have it replaced.
Organisations/institutions that may require a certificate of visual impairment to access support:
1. The Local Authority
2. Educational setting
3. Charities that you wish you access support from
4. Health professionals
5. Benefits agencies
6. Blue badge scheme
7. Carer ticket schemes to be able to qualify for accessible tickets for events and outings
8. Social care team
9. Sensory impairment team
Registering your child as vision impaired is not mandatory, however it can make it much easier for you and your child to access support and services, including the benefits listed here >