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The Young Vision Alliance is made up of parents, young people with vision impairment, and supporting organisations, aiming to ensure all children receive an equal standard of education – regardless of their sight.

Our report Our Futures Matter Report found that:

  • 1 in 3 local authorities cut their spending on services for children and young people with vision impairment over a 12-month period from 2016/17 to 2017/18*
  • Over a third of local authorities who had provided comparable data for 2017 to 2018 saw a decrease in the number of qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment (QTVIs).

The number of children with vision impairment is very low compared to other disabilities, and they also have very specific high needs. It is therefore unrealistic to expect generalist teaching staff to have the expertise needed to support them effectively. The need for specialist expertise is essential to ensuring positive educational outcomes.

The impact of not having the right support can be profound:

  • Young people with vision impairment are twice as likely to not be in employment, education or training as the general population [1]
  • The proportion of registered blind and partially sighted people of working age in any form of employment has dropped from one in three in 2005 to around one in four in 2015 [2].

It is vital that action is taken to ensure that children and young people with vision impairment must receive the support they need to reach their potential.

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*We received responses from 113 out of 152 local authorities. 1 in 3 of those local authorities cut their spending on services for children and young people with vision impairments

[1] UK LFS. Reference Hewett, R and Keil, S (2015) Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2011-September 2014. VICTAR, University of Birmingham.

[2] My Voice 2015: The views and experiences of blind and partially sighted people in the UK (2015). John Slade and Rose Edwards. RNIB.

The organisations supporting the Young Vision Alliance are: Thomas Pocklington Trust, Guide Dogs, Hab VI UK, Moorvision, Nystagmus Network, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Royal National College for the Blind, Royal Society of Blind Children (RSBC), VICTA, Vision Impairment Education Workforce (VIEW) and Vision UK.