University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to Assessing Children & Young People with Visual Impairment

Date: Monday, 24th September 2018
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Cost: FREE (please bring a packed lunch)

NOTE - closing date for course is 10th September 2018


This course will look 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 will be discussed in some detail.

Some time will also be 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 will also be 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.

Target Audience

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

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


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