University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to Assessing Children & Young People with Visual Impairment

Presented on Monday, 24th September 2018


This course looked at the different standardised and non-standardised tests that are used to assess the functional vision of children and young people. Assessments of near, distance, colour and contrast vision were discussed in some detail.

Some time was spent looking at the Developmental Journal and the Oregon Project, tools that are used to assess and plot the development of very young children with a visual impairment.

There was a short session on how children and young people in Scotland access SQA assessments; with a focus on the role of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired, within this process.

Participants said:

"Great level. Concise and clear."

"Very informative and useful for my practice."

Target Audience

QTVIs, Habilitation Specialists, Habilitation Assistants, Teachers (mainstream and specialist), educational psychologists, support staff, parents/carers.

This course provided an ideal introduction to assessment for anyone new to the field of visual impairment.


Elizabeth McCann, SSC CLPL Co-ordinator and Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh Visual Impairment


10 am Welcome and introduction Elizabeth McCann

10.15 am Carrying out a Functional Visual Assessment

11.30 am Practical session

1.15 pm Assessing Children with Complex Additional Support Needs

2 pm Assessment of Pre-school Children: Oregon Project and Developmental Journal

2.45 pm Questions and Course Evaluation