18th January 2021 • My Family Our Needs

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is offering a wide range of support to professionals and parents supporting children with vision impairment through the pandemic. 

The charity’s Children, Young People and Families and Education (CYPF) team has information, advice, events and training available and, in addition to RNIB’s usual provision, some new activities to help families during the COVID 19 pandemic and the current national lockdown have been put together. 

An online advice session for parents will kick off on Tuesday, 19 January at 4.30pm with a focus on assistive technology and home schooling. This is a one-hour Q&A session with two Qualified Teachers for Vision Impairment (QTVI) and a technology specialist on hand to offer advice and support. 

RNIB’s Spring Shape and Share events for families which will begin on 4 February, incorporate a variety of fun online activities to ease the boredom of lockdown. There will be craft, storytelling, ‘jump, jiggle and jive’, pizza making and sessions on online safety. There will also be a session for young people to choose their own discussion topic. 

“We know that remote learning, digital access and the impact of school closures raises specific issues for children and young people with vision impairment. We want to reassure parents that RNIB is here for them with a wide range of information, advice and support. We also have some fun activities to help ease any boredom lockdown may cause and would encourage anybody interested to get involved.”

Caireen Sutherland, Principal Education Officer at RNIB

For more information or to get involved in any of the events or activities visit the website www.rnib.org.uk/shapeandshare