University of Edinburgh

Know Your Rights: Update on current legislation and benefits for children and young people with sensory impairments

Presented on Wednesday, 29th November 2017


The aim of this half-day course was to provide up to date information on current legislation on the rights of the child and young person with sensory impairments (deaf/visually impaired). Catriona Thomson from Enquire presented information about current legislation.

For those working with deaf children and young people, The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) briefed participants of benefits families can access and ways they can be supported.

Meanwhile a member of staff from the RNIB Welfare Advice Team spoke about benefits for children with a visual impairment.

Participants said:

"I felt very unsure before - now I feel better equipped to answer parental enquiries."

"[I will] be better informed when talking to parents and giving advice."

"Really enlightening and thought provoking."

Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, teachers of visual impairment, mainstream teachers, support staff, educational psychologists, habilitation and rehabilitation workers, parents and carers.


Catriona Thomson, Information and Development Officer, Enquire Additional Support for Learning Service
Heather Young, Children & Families Support Manager, NDCS Scotland,
Gillian Hallard, RNIB Welfare Advice Team


10.05 am Update on Current Legislation Catriona Thomson

11.20 am
Discussion Group 1: Benefits for Deaf pupils Heather Young
Discussion Group 2: Benefits for VI pupils Gillian Hallard

12.20 pm Questions and networking

12.50 pm Course Summary and Evaluation