University of Edinburgh

Getting it Right: Teaching a Child who is Blind in Mainstream Nursery and Primary

Date: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Cost: £50

NOTE - closing date for course is 10th October, 2017


This course will look at how to teach and develop pre and early braille skills. When should you start teaching early braille skills? The importance of a solid foundation in concept development prior to the introduction to braille will be discussed at length. The introduction to Braille and ways of encouraging a love of Braille reading will be examined. The presenters will share the strategies that they have used to teach Braille to children in the mainstream setting.

In addition to teaching Braille, the way that the primary school curriculum can be adapted to include a child with little or no vision will be discussed and practical examples shown. Participants will be encouraged to share experiences from their own caseloads.

This course is suitable for TVIs working with children who are congenitally blind and those who have acquired sight loss.


Target Audience

Teachers of the visually impaired, mainstream teachers, educational psychologists, support staff and parents/carers.


Elizabeth McCann, Teaching Fellow - Visual Impairment, University of Edinburgh & QTVI Falkirk; and Loraine King, formerly QTVI Fife