Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Trauma of Transition to Secondary School for Visually Impaired Youngsters

The transition from Primary to Secondary Education can be traumatic for young people who have a visual impairment. There are loads more adults to cope with, a variety of lessons in all kinds of rooms, navigation throughout a large building, and a much larger volume of peers to deal with. Ignorance is the  greatest enemy. But the 'postcode lottery' of access arrangements and the wide range of inclusive practices, not to mention the major cutbacks in funding make it often a matter of chance as to whether YP will get the help and support they are entitled to. This clip from YouTube demonstrates this point clearly. 


  1. Thank you for the post. I am hoping to run the marathon for VICTA Children in April. I'm in my thirties now and shared the same mainstream schools as my visually impaired sister and I think, when I show her this video, she will empathise with what Gemma has said and agree that she had a similar experience in the transition from primary to secondary. I hope that blogs like yours and charities like VICTA can raise awareness and help these young people to regain some equality. Happy New Year!

  2. Gemma's testimonial is vital for raising public awareness to the challenges posed by vision impairment. Hopefully it will be widely shared.

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