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)

As organisations that work towards improving the outcomes of children and young people with vision impairment, we are pleased to come together with VICTAR and RNIB to present an important report ‘Our Right to Study’.

We support the Government’s belief that all disabled students should have full access to university life, and we want to see vision impaired students achieve in their chosen field of study. We also agree that there is an important role for both Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and Higher Education providers.

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

Compelling evidence in our new report shows that whilst DSA has the potential to support students to engage with independent study, there are many ways in which it is failing. The impact on students with vision impairment is profound, with some paying the ultimate price of dropping out of university.

We believe that there are a number of steps that can be taken to address the issues with DSA, as set out in our report. We look forward to continuing to work with the Department for Education, MPs and peers to ensure that all students with vision impairment get the support they need to be able to thrive at university.

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