Feb 072014
 

Following our last post about Wilson using an I-Pad to help him at school, his Mum recommended more education resources on the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) website. We’ve been impressed by the up to date content across the site, and here are links we’ve found particularly useful/interesting so far …

Parent’s Place  Check out the Education Section, and four Early Support ‘Vision Impairment’ guides in the ‘RNIB’s work with Early Support guidance for families’ section.

Early Support – Developmental Journal for Children with Visual Impairment   A set of charts and activity cards for parents that enable checking, recording, and sharing progress for 0-3 year olds. This looks a fantastic (if a little long – development journal is 172 pages and activity cards are 146 pages) resource that we wish we’d discovered sooner for Jack.

Using Tablets in the Classroom Guidance  Information in written/video formats about how tablets can help visually impaired students.

Technology Checklists to help determine equipment required and help set up a PC to maximise use for learners with a visual impairment

National Curriculum Guides for teachers (and parents) by subject to help teach visually impaired students.

We were also pleased to find information on the site about two research projects for visually impaired children.  We look forward to following the results.

1.  The Optimum VI project aims to learn more about babies and young children with vision loss/visual impairment and how different methods of early intervention and care might best help early development. It’s a three year project funded by Fight for Sight, RNIB, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and they are currently recruiting babies aged 6-15 months.

2.  The Socio-cognitive skills project aims to learn more about progression of children aged 8 – 12 with vision impairment, identifying their strengths and highlighting areas that might need extra help and intervention. The Development Vision Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is currently recruiting.

If you know of any other good resources or research studies we’d love to hear about them – please feel free to share links by leaving a reply below.   Thanks.

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