The Children's Low Vision Project
The Children’s Low Vision Project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the Wales Eye Care Initiative and is unique to Wales. It aims to help more children with low vision to access the services provided by health, education, social services and the voluntary sector and covers the whole of Wales. To achieve the project’s aim a number of initiatives have been developed:
- Local discussion group meetings are being held to allow professionals from health, education, social services and the voluntary sector to meet and discuss referrals and communication between services.
- Ten training days have been held for low vision professionals providing services to children.
- A contact directory has been produced to help professionals refer to other services.
- Referral forms have been designed for the referral and continued communication between professionals in health, education, social services and the voluntary sector.
- An information leaflet has been developed for parents to explain the services available to them and their child and what to expect at a low vision assessment. It is hoped that this will empower parents to access services themselves if and when they need to.
- Additional low vision aids that are more suitable for children have been added to the list of LVAs available under the new Welsh Low Vision Scheme.
- The Children’s Low Vision Advocate is promoting the use of low vision aids to children with low vision in all parts of Wales.
- Meetings are being arranged with the companies manufacturing LVAs to encourage the design of more appropriate LVAs for children.
If you would like more information about the Children’s Low Vision Project, please contact:
Children’s Low Vision Advocate
Trident Court,East Moors Road,Cardiff CF24 5TD
Tel:02920 449552(Cardiff Office)
These pages are for professionals working with children and young people with a visual impairment. If you don’t find what you are looking for please contact the Children’s Low Vision Advocate.