Category: Young Vision Alliance

What we have been up to

Meeting with MPs As part of the Alliances’ ongoing parliamentary work, we have been busy meeting MPs to discuss our report and the importance of SEND support for learners with vision impairment. Alliance members met with Marsha De Cordova MP, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People. Marsha was shocked to hear how parents are having to fight for the support that their children are entitled to, often through lengthy tribunal processes. Marsha has agreed to table further questions for the Alliance and has signed a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Education. Presenting at VIEW Young Vision Alliance members George Holroyd and Tara Chattaway jointly presented at the VIEW annual conference. VIEW is a professional network for the vision impairment education workforce. It was a great opportunity for the Alliance to share the report and update the workforce on what we have been up to. The presentation was really well received. You can read the presentation here. Parliamentary launch – December 2018 The Alliance launched our report Our Futures Matter at an event at Parliament in December. The event was well attended by a range of MPs and Lords who took the time to meet with parents and young people to find out about their experiences. Here are a range of photos from the day:                 Education Select Committee The Alliance submitted...

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Case studies

Romilly’s Story Romilly is nine years old and lives with her mum Clare, dad Adrian and sister Astrid in London. Diagnosed as severely visually impaired from birth, Romilly initially got excellent support for her education. When Romilly reached school age, the support she received dropped dramatically. It was down to her parents to fight for the support she needed. Romilly now receives support from a specialist teaching assistant and a habilitation specialist, but this support was threatened recently when, due to budget cuts, the local authority looked to remove most of the funding Romilly relies on. Jorja’s story Jorja is ten years old and lives with her mum Laura in Chichester. Due to her vision impairment, her school years have been a source of constant struggle in accessing the information and support she needs. Every day, Jorja faces challenges which affect her learning, with large print reading materials repeatedly forgotten about and equipment which would enable her to participate fully in class not provided. Laura has had to buy equipment for Jorja, including a kindle and laptop, with her own money, due to delays in the local authority providing them. Laura says: “The stress and anxiety that these repeated issues cause is phenomenal. I don’t feel I get much support. It’s often just me winging it, trying different things to see what will work.” Help the YVA raise awareness...

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