Icon of mortar board in green denoting Education themeEducation is vitally important yet access to further education is difficult for visually impaired people with only 21% of 18 to 29 year olds in full time education compared to 47% of the total population.

In addition to this, one in five blind and partially sighted people said that they did not have access to all the learning opportunities they would like. The most commonly reported barriers to education are a lack of support or options from training providers, lack of accessible equipment and problems with travel.

Sight Loss Councils work with and support their local education providers to be inclusive of students with sight loss and raise awareness of their particular needs.

 

Education Project

The Sight Loss Council have been working closely with the University of Birmingham to ensure blind and partially sighted students are supported correctly and receiving their full entitlement to Disabled Students Allowance. With many students with sight loss 'churning' in education by repeating years and switching courses as well as finding it difficult to transition into employment, Sight Loss Councils have identified ways to help. 

The Birmingham Sight Loss Council have delivered presentations about the barriers to employment and how to overcome them, to students at the university. They have also invited students along to the West Midlands Working Age Forum, a networking event with guest speakers. The interaction with corporate speakers and other blind and partially sighted people with shared experiences aims to help the students widen their network and increase their understanding of the working world. 

They have also delivered similar talks to Priestley Smith sixth form students to discuss their options for further education and their experiences of challenges in education.

If you are an education provider wishing to work with Sight Loss Councils, please get in touch.

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