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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parliamentary enquiries: Richard Holmes, Parliamentary Manager, RNIB at Richard.email@example.com
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