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.

Image shows Marsha holding the Our Futures Matter report with members of the YVA.

Marsha (third from left) holding the Our Futures Matter report, standing with members of the YVA.

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.

Image shows members of the YVA holding the Our Futures Matter report.

Members of the YVA holding the Our Futures Matter report.

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:

Image shows Baroness Randerson holding a sign which reads 'Adapted national tests and exams for every child and young person with vision impairment'.


Baroness Randerson

 

Image shows Abdul and Juan from The Royal National College for the Blind holding the See Our Potential report.

Abdul and Juan from The Royal National College for the Blind.

 

Image shows Lord Addington holding the See Our Potential report and holding a sign that reads 'Sufficient funding for all local authorities to meet the needs of children and young people with vision impairment'.

Lord Addington

 

Image shows Lord David Blunkett with Jorja and Laura.

Lord David Blunkett with Jorja and her mum Laura.

 

Image shows Laura Hughes from Moorvision and TPT, Tirian, her guide dog Darby and Ben Bradshaw MP who is holding a sign that reads 'Sufficient funding for all local authorities to meet the needs of children and young people with vision impairment'.

Laura Hughes from Moorvision and TPT, Tirian, her guide dog Darby and Ben Bradshaw MP.

 

Sir Michael Fallon holds a sign that reads 'Specialist assessment and plan for every child and young person with vision impairment'.

Sir Michael Fallon

 

Lord Low of Hackney

Lord Low of Hackney

 

Image shows Emma Hardy MP with Jorja and her mum Laura. They are holding a sign that says 'Sufficient funding for all local authorities to meet the needs of children and young people with vision impairment'.

Emma Hardy MP with Jorja and her mum Laura.

 

Education Select Committee

The Alliance submitted a response to the Education Select Committees’ Specialist Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Inquiry.

This is an important inquiry as it is reviewing the success of the major reforms of SEND provision introduced in 2014. We are monitoring the inquiry and will respond to its findings expected in spring this year. You can read our submission here.

One of the parent members of the alliance was asked to give oral evidence to the committee. You can watch or read a transcript from the session here.

Questions of parliament

We continue to work with MPs to ask questions of the Secretary of State for Education about the range of provision available for children and young people with vision impairment.

You can read a list of the questions and answers here.


For further information please contact:

General enquiries – Tara Chattaway, Children and Young People Policy Manager, Thomas Pocklington Trust at tara.chattaway@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Parliamentary enquiries: Richard Holmes, Parliamentary Manager, RNIB  at Richard.holmes@rnib.org.uk

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