University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to Visual Impairment and Autism in children and young people

Presented on Monday, 16th November 2015 in Aberdeen (Outreach)


This course covered and discussed the nature of Autism and the co-occurrence of visual impairment and autism.

There was a demonstration of the guidance for practitioners developed by the Visual Impairment & Autism Project and discussion of the areas covered. The course also included a detailed case study of a young person with visual impairment and autism. Participants had the opportunity to raise issues concerning the children and young people they support.

Target Audience

Practitioners working with children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, habilitation/mobility officers, OTs, physios, Speech and Language Therapists, and educational psychologists.


Ian Bell, Independent Specialist Speech & Language Therapist (formerly Leader of the Visual Impairment & Autism Project)