In the margin on the right of each page, I provide a range of links to other sites. On this page I give a brief introduction to the organisations involved. Please note that I cannot be held responsible for the content of any of these sites. Each link opens in a new tab. Website addresses change, so over time it is likely that some (or indeed all) of these links will cease to work.
The American Foundation for the Blind produces books, journals, videos, and electronic materials, offering a wide range of information for students, professionals, researchers, and blind and visually impaired people and their families.
The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) works to ensure people with learning disabilities are valued equally, participate fully in their communities and are treated with dignity and respect. It provides a range of services which help to develop the organisations which provide services, and the people who give support.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates the health, psychological and social work professionals, including speech and language therapists.
The International Council for Education and Re/habilitation of People with Visual Impairment – European Region (ICEVI – Europe) exists to share information and knowledge in the field of education and rehabilitation of people with visual impairment.
Judy Bell Associates is a group of highly skilled and experienced professionals who have worked with children and young people with special educational needs, particularly those who have visual impairment and additional disabilities. The Associates offer a range of services, including training, assessments, expert witness services and content-rich video, photographic, in-depth audio and multi-media materials.
The Mary Kitzinger Trust aims to advance and further education, training and research in the psychology of children with visual and/or other developmental difficulties. The Trust sponsors bi-annual workshops, which bring together practitioners, educators, academics and other professionals who work with children who have visual impairment.
MDVI Euronet is committed to improving knowledge, understanding and good practice in the education of children and young people with a severe visual impairment and additional disabilities. (MDVI stands for multiple disability and visual impairment.)
Mencap, a UK charity, describes itself as the leading voice of learning disability. The organisation focuses on valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) describes itself as the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. It provides information, support and services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism.
The mission of the National Blind Children’s Society (NBCS) is to enable children and young people who are blind or partially sighted to achieve their educational and recreational goals.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK. It provides leadership and sets professional standards.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss. A range of publications is available through the RNIB online shop.
Much of the material I have posted on the page dealing with communication in children and adults who have visual impairment is based on documents I have written in my capacity as Lead Speech and Language Therapist at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning. The centre offers specialist services to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex needs who are blind or partially sighted including education, residential care, therapies and healthcare, short breaks and respite care, events and training, and an outreach education service.
The Scottish Sensory Centre promotes and supports new developments and effective practices in the education of children and young people with sensory impairments. There is a wealth of material on the website about visual impairment, multisensory impairment and hearing impairment.
SeeAbility supports adults who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities including learning, physical and mental health disabilities, acquired brain injuries and degenerative conditions, to explore their potential. The organisation currently provides services in Devon, East Sussex, Hampshire, Somerset and Surrey.
Sense is a UK charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides resources on its website and a range of publications, some of which are free.
The Visual Impairment and Autism Project, which ran from 1 September 2008 until 31 March 2011, investigated the approaches and strategies used with children who have both visual impairment and autism. It was set up to provide guidance for practitioners working with this group of children. More information about this guidance material and how to access it is available on the Visual impairment and autism page of this site.
VIEW is a UK charity which represents the interests and needs of children and young people with visual impairment across the UK. VIEW membership is open to professionals and others with an interest in the field of visual impairment.