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Visual Impairment (VIS)

There is no agreed definition of sight problems in children – and one comes across many terms such as blind, partially sighted, low vision and visual disability. The definition of legally blind is 20/200 when the person can only see at 20 feet what a normally sighted person can see at 200 feet. An educationally blind child is often regarded as a child who needs to use non – sighted methods such as tactile and auditory means including Braille.

50% of visually impaired children can be expected to succeed in mainstream schools. However, 40% of the remainder can be expected to have other learning difficulties, which may require education in other types of SEN schools. All state Local Authorities will maintain teachers qualified as QTVI, albeit that does not mean there is one in every school.

A relatively small percentage of VIS children need a specialist school for partially sighted or blind, perhaps 5%

There is a wealth of information on the Royal National Institute for the Blind website  The RBIB has 5 specialist schools including the RNIB College in Hereford which has 200 full boarders.

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