The National Blind Children's Society (NBCS)
NBCS's aim is to enable children and young people who are blind or partially sighted to achieve their educational and recreational goals.
Family support, early intervention and information - 01278 764 770
Skilled emotional support from early diagnosis to the end of full time education, providing timely, advice and support, tailored to the unique circumstances presented by the family. Empowering parents, providing linking and networking opportunities. We provide access to Family Support Officers, with specialist early diagnosis casework experience, offering practical multi-agency working - supporting parents and carers through the early months following diagnosis, liaising on behalf of parents where necessary. Family Support provides comprehensive, quality, up-to-date information about all aspects of visual impairment in children, early development, daily living, benefits and eye conditions. Facilitates and supports national parent groups.
Education advice and support
Support for parents navigating the statutory education system to secure appropriate education provision for their child. Advice relating to requesting a Statutory Assessment of Special Education Needs (SEN); parental contributions, feedback on proposed Statement of SEN; Annual Review, transition stages and amending the Statement.
ICT support and advice
Providing up-to-date technology information, supporting, assessing and advising regarding the development of IT skills for children and young people with visual impairment.
Large-print fact and fiction books to suit individual children's eye conditions, charged at retail prices.
NBCS events give children and young people with a visual impairment, and their families, the chance to take a break and meet others in similar situations. Activities have a 'whole family' ethos to include sighted siblings, and offer an opportunity to share experiences in a relaxed, fun environment.
The National Blind Children's Society
01278 764 770 (Family Support)
01278 764 700 (Head Office)
Provides tailored services for blind and partially sighted children by teaching them mobility and independence skills, providing Buddy Dogs to help them gain confidence and social skills and, where appropriate, Guide Dogs.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Tel: 0118 983 5555
Action for Blind People
Provides a range of support services to people who are visually impaired (VI): independent living support; welfare rights and information; employment support etc. Part of RNIB Group.
Action for Blind People
53 Sandgate Street
Tel: 020 7635 4800
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
RNIB offers practical support, advice and information to anyone with sight loss, including families, friends and carers.
Royal National Institute of Blind People
105 Judd Street
Tel: 0303 123 9999
A team of specialist advisory teachers, children’s therapists and children and family support workers helping children who are deafblind and/or multi-sensory impaired.
101 Pentonville Road
Tel: 0845 127 0066
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