Thomas Pocklington Trust believes that children and young people with vision impairment should have the right support in place to help them to fulfil their potential.

Most children and young people with vision impairment have the same potential to learn, achieve and thrive as their fully sighted peers. Without the right support and tools in place they are at risk of not fulfilling their potential and being placed at a serious disadvantage when reaching adulthood.

Thomas Pocklington Trust is working on projects to help to support children and young people with visual impairment.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

DSA provides vital financial support for young people with vision impairment to meet the additional costs involved with studying at University. Without this financial support for help, support and equipment many young people with vision impairment would simply not be able to study.

However, DSA in its current form is not working for many young people with vision impairment. We have met with the Department for Education and will continue to put pressure on them to ensure that DSA is fit for future students.

TPT, University of Birmingham and RNIB have written to the Minister responsible for Universities to ask the Government to ensure that DSA works for students with vision impairment. We have set out a number of recommendations in our briefing Disabled Students’ Allowance: enabling young people with vision impairment to succeed.

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.

Share your experiences

We would love to hear from young people about their experiences of education, habilitation/mobility support, applying for and using DSA, or any other issue that is important them.

For further information, please contact our Children and Young People Managers

Tara Chattaway, tara.chattaway@pocklington-trust.org.uk 07854 372420

Laura Hughes, laura.hughes@pocklington-trust.org.uk 07970 232660