Supports Available to Education Professionals
NCBI works collaboratively with educational staff including the visiting teacher service in providing assessments, recommendations and training in a range of areas including assistive technology, orientation and mobility, access, social skills and independent living skills that can be included in your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Functional Vision Assessment
A functional vision assessment is an essential assessment for children who have low vision. It examines how a child uses the vision he or she has in everyday life and it needs to be reviewed regularly, as a child’s eye condition and needs can change over time. The process involves interviews with the parent, child and other relevant personnel, observation, and informal and formal tests depending on age.
We record information about a child’s near, distance, peripheral and colour vision, as well as contrast and light sensitivity, in order to understand how the child is using their vision and the likely impact on their performance of everyday activities. In addition to this we may look at a child’s visual processing skills.
Assistive Technology and Communications Skills Assessment
An assistive technology and communication skills assessment will help to determine the appropriate learning access solutions for a child. This assessment can take place at any time in a child’s education but is most effective when a transitional plan is being compiled e.g moving from primary to second level education. It is essential that transitional planning begins well in advance of a child’s move to a new stage in their education thereby ensuring equipment, resources and skills are easily transferred.
Support and Training
NCBI provides regular support and training in the area of information technology, including open invitation evenings where parents and education professionals can learn about the latest developments in technological devices, their accessibility features and the ever-increasing number of applications specifically designed for people with sight loss. Workshops and training days are also organised for children.
- Information and demonstration of the range of mainstream and specialist equipment available to people with sight loss, including tablets, laptops, desktop magnifiers (CCTV, MacColour, etc) and hand-held devices (Looky, Quicklook, HandyReader, etc).
- Hands-on training so that parents, education professionals and children can become familiar with using the devices.
Orientation and Mobility
The objective of orientation and mobility instruction is for a person with sight loss to be able to travel in any environment as independently as possible. In the delivery of services to children, orientation and mobility instruction should be an integral part of their curriculum. It is essential therefore that support and instruction begins as early as possible
Our professionally trained staff will deliver tailor made instruction depending on the age and requirements of the child, including working on reach, grasp and movement in early infancy to formal mobility training to get around a school or college campus.
For further information on our services to children, contact NCBI today on:
Phone: 01 830 7033
or Email: [email protected]