Below are some links we hope you will find useful. Whether you’re looking for emotional support, advice related to your vision impairment, specialist assistive technology training, specialist products, vision impaired sports or holidays and leisure activities tailored for the vision impaired and disabled, there’s something here for everyone.

Visual Impairment Information and Support

4 Sight

Charity supporting VI based in West Sussex

Accessible Friends Network

Providing friendship and support for people with vision impairments

Action for Blind People (RNIB)

Now merged with RNIB

Blatchington Court Trust Facebook

Our facebook page

Blindcare

Charity supporting visually impaired people

Blind Children UK (Guide Dogs)

Now merged with Guide Dogs as Children’s services

Blind in Business

Helping blind and VI people into work

Cerebral Visual Impairment Society

Information about CVI

East Sussex Association for the Blind

Advice and support for VI in East Sussex

East Sussex Vision Care

Partnership of VI organisations in East Sussex

Euroblind

Campaigns for all VI across Europe

Eyecare Trust

Information about eye health and eye care

Eye conditions (Moorfields)

Descriptions of eye conditions from Moorfields Hospital

Eyesite.NHS

Moorfields Eye Hospital information about VI

Eye conditions (RNIB)

Descriptions of eye conditions from RNIB

List of charities for VI/blind people

Charity Choice directory of charities for VI

Look Sussex

Organise social events for VI in Sussex

Look UK

Help, support and services for VI children and families

NatSIP

National Sensory Impairment Partnership

NHS Blindness and vision loss

NHS page about vision loss

Rare Disease UK

Information about rare diseases

RNIB

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Scotland based association for blind people

Royal Blind

Scotland based association for blind people

Royal Society for Blind Children

National charity supporting VI young people

Seeability

Support for people with sight loss including accommodation

SENSE

Support for children with hearing and sight loss

Telephones for the blind

Charity that offers phones to blind people

Through Scarlett’s eyes

Supports parents and familes of VI children

VICTA

Supports blind and partially sighted children

VI Forum

A forum for anyone involved with VI pupils

Visual simulations

Web-site with demonstrations of VI conditions

Whitestick

Helping VI people locate information and services

Information about Education and Schools

Compare school performance

Government web-site giving data about specific schools

Department for Education

Extensive information about all aspects of education

DfE Database of schools

Government web-site with details of schools in England

DfE Types of Schools

Government explanation of types of schools

NASEN

National Association of Special Educational Needs

National Curriculum

DfE details of the National Curriculum

NHS Special Educational Needs

NHS page about Special Educational Needs

OFSTED school inspection reports

Gov.UK web-site for obtaining school inspection reports

Pinterest resource ideas for VI

Useful Pinterest page of VI resource ideas

Progress 8

Gov.UK page about Progress 8 and Attainment 8

P Scales

DfE statutory guidance about P scales

RNIB advice for professionals

Advice for staff working with VI pupils from RNIB

SEN Magazine

On line magazine about all aspects of SEN

Statistics at DFE

DfE official statistics on education and children

Teaching English to VI students

Guidance on teaching English to VI students

Teaching visually impaired students

American site about teaching VI students

VISEN

Our web-site about visual impairment and SEN

Wonderbaby sensory activities

Activities and resource ideas for VI

Local Offers

Brighton and Hove City Council

East Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council

Legislation and Guidance

Behaviour and discipline

DfE Guidance on behaviour and dicipline in schools

Children and Families Act 2014

Complete version of the Children and Families Act

Counselling in schools

DfE Guidance on procedures etc for counselling in schools

Elective home education

DfE Guide lines for choosing to educate at home

Equality Act 2010

Complete version of the Equality Act

Equality Act 2010 advice for schools

DfE Guidance for schools on fulfilling their duties

Equality Code of Practice

Equality & Human Rights Commission codes of practice

Gov.uk

The Government web-site with extensive information

Help with disabled children

Government guidance on range of help available

Home School Transport

DfE statutory guidance on home/school transport

Parents’ guide to school inspections

OFSTED guide for parents about school inspections

Illness and education

Government guidance about education provision when a child is ill

Making a complaint about a school

Government guidance on different ways to complain about a school

Policies that schools must have

DfE guide lines about policies schools MUST have

Preventing and tackling bullying

DfE advice for schools about preventing bullying

Registering VI as a disability

Dept of Health guidance about registration

Safeguarding pupils

Government statutory guidance on keeping pupils safe in education

Safeguarding children

Charity Commission policy paper on safeguarding children

School attendance and absence

Government guidelines for parents about attendance

SEN Code of Practice

DfE statutory guidance about SEN (0 – 25 years old)

SEN Guide for parents and carers

DfE guide for parents about SEN

SEN Personal Budgets

Legislation about personal budgets

Supporting pupils with medical needs

DfE statutory guidance about supporting pupils

Appeals and Legal Guidance

Advisory Centre for Education

Independent advice about state education

AMAZE (Brighton)

Information, advice and support to parents of children with SEND.

Child Law Advice

Charity giving information about a range of child law topics

Citizens’ Advice Bureau

free, independent, confidential advice about rights and responsibilities

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary site

Information about courts and the Tribunal service

David Wolfe (barrister) information

Legal information from a leading SEN barrister

Disability Rights UK

Campaigns for equal rights for disabled people

Douglas Silas (solicitor) information

Legal information from a leading SEN solicitor

Equality Advisory & support service

Advice and help about equality and human rights

Equality Human Rights Commission

Advice and guidance about human rights

Information Commissioner’s Office

Independent authority about information rights

IPSEA

Independent Parental Special Education Advice

Local Government Ombudsman

For complaints about services ptovided by councils

Psychology Direct

Network of independent educational psychologists

SEND Tribunal

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

SOS SEN

Support for parents of children with SEN

Special Needs Jungle

Large parent led information and resources web-site for SEN

Benefits Advice

Carer’s and disability benefits

Government guide to benefits

Information about financial help

Information about financial help for people with disabilities

Blind person’s allowance

Information about allowances for severely visually impaired/blind people

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (children)

Information about DLA for children

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (adults)

Information about DLA for adults

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Information about PIP

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Information about employment and support allowances

Braille/tactile codes/Libraries/audio

Braille Chess Association

Supports chess players with visual loss

Braille School for Parents

A Braille training site by Sensory Sun

British Wireless for the Blind

Supply specially adapted audio equipment to VI

Clearvision

Lending library of adapted books for VI children

CustomEyes books (Guide Dogs)

Tailor-made large print books for VI young people

Infosound (audio information)

Learning Braille for adults (RNIB)

Details of RNIB Braille courses for adults

Listening Books

Postal and download audio book service

Living paintings

Free tactile book service

National Centre for Tactile Diagrams

Provide tactile diagrams, maps and pictures.

RNIB Library

RNIB library (Audio, Braille, Large Print, Music)

Seeing Ear

National accessible library

Talking Computers

Free monthly audio magazine about use of computers by VI

Talking newspaper (Brighton and Hove)

Weekly audio news taken from the Argus

Unified English Braille

Details of UEB with links

UK Association for Accessible Formats

Information about range of accessible formats

Activities/Entertainment/Sport

Albion in the Community

Brighton and Hove Albion disability awareness

Brighton and Hove Disability Sports

Details and links to range of disability sports clubs and activities

British Blind Sport

Encourages VI to access and enjoy sport in the UK.

Carry on Gardening

Guidance on gardening for VI

Disability Football Sussex FA

Opportunities for any disabled person to play football

Goalball UK

Information about goalball

Guided running

England Athletics page about guided running

Guide Running UK

Database of guided runners and guides

iCAN Experiences

Offers unforgettable activities for diabled people

List of blind sport organisations

Whitestick’s directory of blind sports

Metro Blind Sports

London based charity offering sports for VI people

Outlook Trust

Provides activities for VI children

Sound Tennis Sussex

Organises sound tennis for VI in Sussex

Sussex Sharks VI Cricket

Sussex based VI cricket teams

Theatre for VI (ATG Tickets)

Company providing theatre tickets and experiences for VI

Vocaleyes

Audio described events around UK

Assistive Technology

AppleVis

Useful VI apps for Apple devices

Blind Guide

Website describing latest technology.

Bristol Braille Technology

A social enterprise developing Canute Braille e-reader.

British Computer Association of the Blind

Computer guidance, forums etc for VI

Dolphin

Provide magnification/screen reader accessibility apps/software.

Freedom Scientific

Produce JAWS and Magic.

Georgie Phone apps

Google Play download of Georgie screen reader app

Gov.UK assistive technology survey

Results of Government survey of assistive technology use.

Humanware

Company providing products for blind/VI people.

Jaws users list

Useful guidance and tips for JAWS users

Optelec

Provide low vision aids.

Perkins

Provides the well known Perkins Brailler.

Sight and Sound

Company supplying hardware and software for blind people.

Technology guide (RNIB)

Guide to assistive technology for VI from RNIB

UCanDoIt

Teaches people with disabilities to use computers

Visionaids

Company supplying low vision aids.

Visionenhancers

Company supplying low vision aids

Zoomtext

Produce widely used reading and magnification software.

Zychem

Produce machine and swell paper for tactile diagrams.

Independent Living

Canine partners

Provides assistance dogs for disabled people

Cobalt Systems

Design, manufacture, supply aids for VI.

Guide Dogs

Leading charity supporting mobility for VI people

Habilitation VI UK

National Professional body for Habilitation Practitioners

Home adaptation for VI

How to get home adaptations for VI/blind people

Inclusive Technology

Supply software and hardware for people with special needs.

Living made easy

Clear, practical advice on daily living.

Pinterest page of independent living skills

Page sharing independent living skills ideas.

Radios for the blind

Specially adapted radios for blind people.

Talking Products

Company supplying equipment etc with speach

Specialist schools and colleges for VI/blind students

Henshaw’s College

Harrogate, Yorkshire

Linden Lodge School

Wimbledon, South West London

New College

Worcester

Royal Alexandra College

Birmingham

Royal Blind School

Edinburgh

RSBC Dorton College

Bromley, Kent

RNIB College

Loughborough, Leicestershire

RNIB Schools and Colleges

List of RNIB schools and Colleges

Royal National College for the Blind

Hereford

Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool

Liverpool

St. Vincent’s School, Liverpool

Liverpool

West of England School and College

Exeter