University of Edinburgh

Sharing Practice - supporting children with low or no vision in the mainstream primary school

Presented on Wednesday, 25th November 2015


Four specialist teachers and a habilitation specialist shared how they support children in primary schools with low or no vision. Discussion included:

  • Transition
  • Visual awareness raising with peers
  • Working with others
  • Adapting the curriculum
  • Early Braille
  • Technology - Braille/iPads
  • Mobility and independent living skills.

Participants were encouraged to share a resource or a strategy that has proved useful when working with children with low or no vision.

Participants said:

"Brilliant - one of the best yet at SSC! I learnt so much and have made contact with teachers who want to keep in touch and have arranged for some other services to visit our pupil and staff. Great networking day!"

"I have a visual awareness session with a P2 class next week, so I will use some of these ideas for it."

"Everything was interesting and relevant to my job."

Target Audience

Those working with children with visual impairment in mainstream primary schools, including teachers, support staff, habilitation specialists and parents.


Vicki Logan, Peripatetic VI Teacher, Scottish Borders; Loraine King, Peripatetic VI Teacher, Fife; Elizabeth McCann, Peripatetic VI Teacher, Falkirk; Alice Mountford, Peripatetic VI Teacher, Edinburgh; Representatives from Blind Children UK.


10.10 am
Transition: visual awareness raising with peers Vicki Logan

11 am
Working with others Loraine King
Adapting the curriculum Elizabeth McCann
Early Braille Elizabeth McCann

12 noon
Group sharing

1.15 pm
Technology - Braille/iPads Alice Mountford

2.15 pm
Mobility and ILS Grant Smith & Carla Mears

3.30 pm
Group discussions
Course Evaluation and close