Being able to use computers, phones and other gadgets for learning, leisure and keeping in contact with friends and family is key for blind and vision impaired children and young people. Useful information can be found following the links below:
Load2learn gives learning resources in a downloadable, accessible format for learners who have difficulty reading printed books and shows videos of learners using technology:
Companies supplying and demonstrating technology aids for low vision and/or blind students can be found at:
Some groups of children are potentially more vulnerable and more at risk than others when using ICT. This can and does include children and young people with vision impairment.
They can be guided to use the internet in educational, creative, empowering and fun ways, just like their peers. However, it is important to be particularly aware of vulnerability to e-safety risks.
- Children and young people with vision impairment may make literal interpretations of content, which will affect how they respond.
- Some children and young people may not understand some of the terminology.
- Some students do not understand the concept of friendship, and therefore trust everyone implicitly. They do not know how to make judgments about what is safe information to share. This can lead to confusion about why you should not trust others on the internet.
- Growing concern around cyber bullying: Children and young people with vision impairment may be more vulnerable to being bullied through the internet, and / or not recognise that they are being bullied.
- In addition, some children and young people may not appreciate how their own online behaviour may be seen by someone else as bullying.
These remain challenging and complex issues. It is important that your setting develops a clear policy and implements strategies for safe internet use as part of individual children's learning plan.