Education is vital, yet blind and partially sighted people continue to have difficulties accessing the education they deserve.
Only 21% of 18 to 29 year olds are in full time education compared to 47% of the total population.
Additionally, one in five blind and partially sighted people said that they didn’t 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.
Source: My Voice 2015
As Sight Loss Councils, we are dedicated to working with education providers, raising awareness of the challenges and advocating for the needs of blind and partially sighted students.
The Birmingham Sight Loss Council have been working closely with the University of Birmingham to ensure blind and partially sighted students get the support they need and are receiving their full entitlement to Disabled Students Allowance.
If you are an education provider wishing to work with Sight Loss Councils, please Contact Us