University of Edinburgh

VI Awareness

Presented on Friday 16 September 2011


Participants were made aware of common eye conditions and the implications this may have on a child's ability to learn and access the same educational opportunities as their peers. The afternoon sessions were mainly practical. Participants were invited to take part in activities wearing simulated specs or sleep shades.

Target Audience: This course is primarily suitable for mainstream teachers and classroom assistants who support visually impaired children in a variety of educational settings. Other professionals and specialist teachers of the visually impaired new to the field may also find this course beneficial.

Presenters: Janis Sugden and Sheila Mackenzie, SSC.

NB: This course can also be offered on an outreach basis as a bespoke course to suit your specific requirements. Please contact the SSC directly to discuss details.


    10.20 am Introduction, Janis Sugden

  • 10.30 am How does vision develop?
  • 11.30 am What is a visual impairment?

    1.30 pm Practical Session:
    Wearing simulated specs or sleepshades participants will discuss some of the difficulties pupils with visual impairment face in accessing the curriculum.

    3 pm Considering strategies and resources

  • 3.45 pm Course Evaluation and close