Thomas Pocklington Trust believes that children and young people with vision impairment have the same potential to learn, achieve and thrive as their fully sighted peers with the right support in place.

Share your experiences

We would love to hear from young people about their experiences of education, habilitation/mobility support, or any other issue that is important them. To share your experience please contact:

Tara Chattaway, Policy Manager, Children and Young People tara.chattaway@pocklington-trust.org.uk

What we are doing

Here are some of the ways we are working to ensure that children and young people have the right support in place.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

DSA provides a vital grant to support students with a disability to meet the additional costs involved with studying at university. Without this financial support many people with vision impairment simply wouldn’t be able to study.

We believe that whilst DSA has the potential to support students to engage with independent study. We’re concerned that it’s failing many students with vision impairment, with some paying the ultimate price of dropping out of university.

We launched the report Our Right to Study, in partnership with RNIB and VICTAR at parliament. Based on personal accounts, it sets out a number of recommendations for Government to ensure that DSA works for students with vision impairment.

You can read Holly’s story here.

We have also met with Chris Skidmore, Minister with responsibility for Universities to discuss Our Right to Study. It was a positive meeting, and the Minister was very interested to hear how students aren’t receiving the equipment that they need.

Image shows Phil Ambler, Graeme Douglas from University of Birmingham (VICTAR), Tara Chattaway, Rachel Hewett from University of Birmingham (VICTAR), and Matt Broom of Vision UK meeting Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation at the Houses of Parliament on 13 February.

Image shows Phil Ambler, Graeme Douglas from University of Birmingham (VICTAR), Tara Chattaway, Rachel Hewett from University of Birmingham (VICTAR), and Matt Broom of Vision UK meeting Chris Skidmore MP at the Houses of Parliament on 13 February 2019.

Consultations

Review of Disabled Students’ Allowance in relation to students with vision impairment

Student Loans Company, Disabled Students’ Allowance Assistive Technology Equipment and Training

OFSTED Education Inspection Framework

Education Select Committee: School and college funding inquiry

Education Select Committee: SEND inquiry

The Transition Experience of Young People with Vision Impairment aged 21 to 24

Our recent study with the University of Birmingham has found that blind and partially sighted young people are edging nearer to employment but that more still needs to be done. This unique study has followed the experiences of 48 blind and partially sighted young people as they try and navigate their way from secondary school into work.

Read more about our findings and see the full report.