Being “visually impaired” means being blind or partially sighted.

What helps visually impaired pupils feel supported in school?

One pupil we spoke to had some fantastic tips to share.

Things my teachers did to help me:

  • Wrote instructions or questions on a hand held whiteboard so the information was right in front of me.
  • Enlarge the font size of work and print it out for me.
  • Gave me a magnifier to use.
  • Let me use a laptop which I could also take home to complete my homework on.

There are over 4000 pupils at school in Scotland who are visually impaired.

Things that helped me around the school:

  • Reflective markers on all the steps so I knew where they were.
  • Yellow markers on bollards.
  • Making sure the teachers understood my vision impairment and what I was going through. This meant I didn’t have to ask and made class easier.

Up to 80% of our learning is through our vision.

Top tips for schools when supporting pupils with a vision impairment:

  • More training: “Special glasses that replicated my eye condition were given to all the teachers and PSAs in my school which meant they could understand what it felt like”.
  • Give teachers who have pupils in their class with a vision impairment more printer credits – they will need them when they’re printing out larger fonts.
  • Listen to pupils. Schools won’t fully understand what should be done unless pupils are listened to about the support they need.

If you have ideas for things that would help you in school, share them with your teachers.

Interested in raising awareness of what it is like to be blind or partially sighted? Haggeye is the forum that gives young people with sight loss in Scotland a voice.