University of Edinburgh

What do we mean by Visual Impairment?

[For non-specialist teachers and support workers to raise awareness - can be offered on outreach basis]

Presented on Thursday 22 January 2009

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 8
Number of Respondents: 7

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

It will help me with classroom organisation and planning for my integrated VI children. I also have a much better understanding of their impairments.
If anything, it has made me more aware of the obstacles and difficulties facing the VI student/pupil.
Use immediately in workplace, develop knowledge and understanding of conditions at this stage.
The activities using simulation specs were very informative as it highlights particular difficulties when completing common tasks that children face in the classroom.
This will enhance my understanding of what it means to have a visual impairment and the strategies which can be used to help.
Directly with staff and children. Continuing to ask questions of VI staff in local authority.
I will take the advice given on visual impairment and implement it in class with my pupil who has a visual impairment and cerebral palsy.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Background information on different visual impairments. Practical activities (3)
Discussion of information terminology and sharing experiences.
Clear powerpoints and prepared presentations. Useful to see a range of resources and practical ideas for using these.
Course was planned to give various pieces of information then seeing it all come together in the final DVD. This was an excellent format for aiding understanding.
The information about all aspects of VI were very helpful. The practical excersises helped one to gain a better understanding for how VI children might feel.
The information given on visually impaired/blind babies to primary school and how it affects progression in growth, development, social and emotional awareness.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Would have liked it to be run over 2 days to enable spending more time on each area.
Had more time to explore the materials.
Just to have had a little more time to use all of the simulated glasses to attempt writing with.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Really enjoyed it!
Enjoyable, relaxed, very informative.
Very enjoyable and informative, clearly delivered.
There were many facts raised that, as a teacher relatively new to VI, I would have overlooked. I feel more confident in my ability to cope in class.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 5; Yes 2; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response ; Likely 7; Less Likely

How did you hear about this course?

VI Unit in school (1)
From a colleague (1)
SSC Leaflets (2)
Co-ordinator/Head of Dept/Principal Teacher of VI (3)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Any training about integrating VI children into mainstream classes.
Losing sight in later life - reasons, difficulties faced etc.
More of the same.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes