How you will benefit from this training
In the UK, almost 2 million people are living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered blind or partially sighted.
This will include your employees, colleagues, customers, volunteers, pupils and service users.
There continues to be harmful misconceptions and a lack of understanding about visual impairment.
Most people recognise someone accompanied by a guide dog, or carrying a white cane, as being visually impaired in some way. However, for other people with sight loss, the use of technology, prescription dark glasses and assistive tools means that their disability is invisible.
Our training aims to give participants a basic understanding of how people with visual impairment are affected in their daily lives.
Our trainer shares his experiences of having multiple visual impairments and the strategies he has developed to help him with everyday tasks and situations. This includes experience of school, college, work environments and getting around.
Visual impairment facts
- Visual impairment is a term experts use to describe any kind of vision loss, whether it’s someone who cannot see at all, or someone who has partial vision loss” 
- Many people experience some type of visual problem during their lives. Think how many people wear glasses or contact lenses to manage their inability to read small print or see objects far away.
- Damage or disease to any part of the eye or brain needed to process images can lead to visual impairment. This cannot always be treated by surgery or lenses.
- There are 3 categories of visual impairment. These are:
- severely visually impaired
- visually impaired/partially sighted.
Within these categories people will have varying levels of sight.
- Importantly, having the same eye condition as someone else does not necessarily result in shared experiences.
- Some people have multiple visual impairments, which require different strategies to be implemented.
Meet our trainer David
- To emphasize the statistics surrounding visual impairment.
- To discuss own visual impairments, and how they affect everyday life.
- To identify various traits linked to visual impairments.
- To demonstrate effective ways of accommodating and supporting people with visual impairments.
- Participants will have a better understanding of specific visual impairments.
- Participants will acquire skills to enable them to support people with a visual impairment.
Training duration: 1 hour
Group size: 25 maximum
www.kidshealth.org/visual impairment, Sept 2016.
Toucan Diversity Training is a proudly user-led organisation that specialises in raising awareness for issues surrounding disability.
Our Disability Confident Leader accreditation means you can be sure you will be receiving the best training for your company.
All participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance.