Useful Links

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

4Sight Vision Support

Making a positive difference for people living with sight loss’


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

Other Links

Rehab 4 Addiction

Offers a free hotline dedicated to assisting those suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health issues in Sussex. Rehab 4 Addiction was founded in 2011 by people who overcame addiction themselves. You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690.