University of Edinburgh

Functional Vision Assessment

Steps in the FVA process


I think it comes through experience. When I started working as a teacher of the visually impaired, if I'm honest I was nervous, I was worried and I wanted to show that I could do something. And I'm absolutely horrified when I think back to the reports that I wrote at that time. A parent doesn't need to know what a child can't do. How negative; as a parent getting that would be absolutely astounded. I can only say it was ignorance; I didn't know any better, and I was hiding behind the figures. I was hiding to make myself look important. I now realise that was awful. I should have been sharing it in a way that was meaningful and in a way that was purposeful to support; not to point out what they can't do. So I hope that nobody else makes that same mistake.

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