I am a parent with a vision impairment, how can I support my child with education at home during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

There are many online resources aimed at supporting children with their education. However, it may feel overwhelming and knowing what to follow can be difficult. Your child’s education setting (school, college, university) and qualified teacher of vision impairments (QTVI) should recommend the resources they feel are most appropriate, and may have already sent work home. Many teachers are offering remote or online lessons while pupils are at home.

These organisations can also help:


RNIB’s Technology Resource hub has guides and factsheets to help you to understand the basics of different products, keep you up to date in the world of technology, and build on or get your technology knowledge flowing. You can also contact their Sight Loss Advice Service for technology support by calling 0303 123 9999 or emailing [email protected].

Blind Parents UK

Blind Parents UK supports all visually impaired parents, UK wide. Their online peer-support groups and activities provide a place to get to know others in the same situation and will be great for tips and sharing experiences.

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support team have selected teaching resources specifically designed to support parents who have a child with a vision impairment.

BBC Bitesize

The BBC have confirmed they will be extended their educational content both online through BBC Bitesize and on TV. This will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99.

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected]

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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