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Vision Impairment

Definition: Visual impairment, vision impairment, or low vision is a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses and reduces a person's ability to function at certain or all tasks.

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Service descriptions mentioning the term Vision Impairment

Welfare benefits (Supporting people) - (Sight Cymru)Service

Welfare rights assistance to visually impaired people in the area. Will carry out the interview at the individual's home.
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Welfare benefits - (Sight Cymru)Service

Welfare rights assistance to vision impaired people in several regions. Assessments are done at someone's home or office, and the service is to help complete forms, find supporting evidence and assistance to take to tribunal if necessary.
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CIB Resource Centre - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Resource centre run by Cardiff Institute for the Blind. It contains the latest aids, gadgets and information for vi people, and all the equipment is sold at concessionary prices. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to advise and assist, but you are also welcome just to browse around. Transport can be arranged if required.
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CIB Befriending service - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

An individually planned befriending service whereby volunteers use their sight in a practical way to help the visually impaired person. It can be used for companionship, reading, writing of letters, escorting etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.
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Friendly Phone Service - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

This offers support and friendship through regular phone contact for visually impaired people in Breconshire (South Powys).
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Telephone Befriending - Ringaround - (Sight Cymru)Service

A regular phone call from a visually impaired volunteer helping to keep someone up to date with things going on in the wider world.
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RNIB Helpline - (RNIB)Service

The helpline can assist you with information on any aspect of RNIB's many services, including information on eye conditions, employment, education, products and services which can help vi people, library services and the RNIB shop.
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Financial aid - (Behcet's Syndrome Society)Service

The Society will provide grants to help people who are in hardship because of Beh├žet's disease. To provide a grant, evidence of the amount needed must be provided. Examples of claims which might be funded include prepayment certificate for drugs, help with travel to hospital, household bills, help towards computer with reading aids/voice recognition if you are visually impaired, or aids/other equipment not available on the NHS to help if you are disabled.
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Grants from Ceredigion Association - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind)Service

Ceredigion Association provide some grants to visually impaired people. To be eligible you must have serious and uncorrectable visual impairments, and have been referred to the Association by the Rehabilitation Officer in Ceredigion Social Services.
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RAB grants - (Radnorshire Association for the Blind)Service

Radnorshire Association offer grants to Radnorshire residents to help towards the cost of equipment to help people with a visual impairment.
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Grants from RBS - (Royal Blind Society)Service

Grants can be made to blind & vi people on low incomes. Examples of how they can be used are: IT equipment; reading and literacy aids ; to help pay household bills; to fund work-related training; to buy specialist medical equipment such as thick-lens spectacles; to provide daily living aids such as a washing machine with Braille controls; to meet emergencies and unforeseen needs.
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Grants from VI Breconshire - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

Grants are offered to anyone with a permanent and uncorrectable eye condition, living in Breconshire to help pay for equipment, services, training, education and experiences (such as holidays). Applications are welcome from the visually impaired, their families and carers.
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Cliffden Hotel - (Vision Hotels)Service

Hotel in Teignmouth, Devon, specialising in facilities for visually impaired guests.
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Holidays from RBS - (Royal Blind Society)Service

RBS offers holidays tailored to visually impaired people in various locations. They own hotels in West Sussex and Llandudno; arrange holidays in Jersey & Guernsey in association with Premier Holidays, and also arrange activity breaks in association with the Calvert Trust & Jubilee Sailing Trust.
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Traveleyes Holidays - (Traveleyes)Service

Traveleyes is a company which provides worldwide holidays for groups of people, half of who are visually impaired and half are sighted. Each VI traveller is paired with a sighted person, who acts as a guide and receives a discount.
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VICTA events and activities - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))Service

VICTA organise a wide range of activities and week-ends for vi children and their families. Although most activities are in England so likely to be impractical for people from Wales, the longer breaks are worth considering.
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LOOK holiday flat - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children)Service

LOOK owns a holiday flat in Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast. The flat is accessible with two bedrooms, one double (with space for a cot), and one with bunk beds plus an extra single bed. The LOOK flat provides an opportunity for every family with a visually impaired child to enjoy a seaside break and can be booked for both long and short breaks at very reasonable rates.
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The Accessible Friends Network - (The Accessible Friends Network)Service

The Accessible Friends Network (TAFN) is a national independent UK charity providing social networking, computer technical support, training and entertainment via the internet. It is a user-led voluntary group run for and by vi people which uses email, the internet, voice conferencing and other resources to improve the quality of life for vi people and their partners by networking. Events, which are moderated, include quizzes, musical theme nights, jazz club, & computer skills workshops.
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Thursday Luncheon Club - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

A mature group of around 40 visually impaired people. Members are brought in by V.E.S.T community transport including those in residential care. The group enjoys morning coffee or tea, lunch, bingo, raffles and quizzes and are well supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.
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Young Persons Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

This is an activity club for people who have a vision impairment and their siblings, age 18 to 50 years. The club meets to see a film, go for a walk, take a trip and many other activities and create friendships. People with other disabilities as well as sight are made welcome.
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UCAN performance - (UCAN Productions)Service

UCAN gives visually impaired children and young people and their friends the opportunity to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities through performance. The organisation is based in Cardiff but works across the UK.
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RNIB Talk & Support - Telephone book clubs - (RNIB)Service

A chance for visually impaired people to share their passion for books, discover new authors and hear from guest speakers including narrators and publishers. Groups chat over the phone with a trained facilitator and each group meets once a month for 6 months.
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Welshpool and District VI Club - (Welshpool and District Visual Impairment Club)Service

Social and entertainment group for persons who are vision impaired and carers. Outings and speakers, general chat and company. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool on alternate Tuesdays between the hours of 2 - 4pm. from March - December. The club is run by a small group of people who give their time freely. Raffle event every meeting towards cost of refreshments and use of hall. Affiliated with Macular Society.
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Children's Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

This is an activity club for children who have a vision impairment and their siblings, aged four to sixteen years. The club meets every fortnight on a Saturday to try out new activities, have fun and create friendships. Members of the club take part in a range of activities, including a Chocolate Making Workshop, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Dry Slope Ski-ing and lots of other activities. Parents are able to network, get information and advice whilst the children enjoy themselves.
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Newport VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Salvation Army Hall, Hill Street, Newport. Meets alternate Thursdays. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Lunch, talks and activities.
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Blackwood VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Fleur De Lis Community Hall. Meets alternate Wednesdays. A friendly club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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Abergavenny VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Mondays at Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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Risca Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Wednesdays at Dan Y Graig Church. A friendly club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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Short Walk Group - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets monthly at Bradbury House, Park Buildings, Pontypool. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Short walks in the local and surrounding areas.
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Caldicot Luncheon Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Tuesdays at the Haywain, Caldicot. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. For more information, contact Becs Harris 01495 763650.
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Welsh Association of VI Bowlers - (Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers (WAVIB))Service

The Welsh Association for VI Bowlers is the governing body for VI bowling in Wales. Its website has details of the various vi bowling clubs across Wales. It is the first point of call to find out more about playing this accessible sport.
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Support & mentoring - (Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers (SoVIL))Service

Provides support for visually impaired people working in the legal profession, including a student mentoring scheme. They also share information/knowledge about IT solutions to information gathering; accessing printed material and legal material in alternative formats.
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EYE CAN - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Eye Can aims to provide social groups and activities for young visually impaired people, and to give them specialist support in a wide variety of areas including sight loss, health, education and training. The project is also providing workshops to local schools and colleges so that they are able to promote the service to their visually impaired students.
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BCAB Membership - (British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB))Service

BCAB is an organisation for all visually impaired people with an interest in computers, from those using them in schools to professionals working in IT, and for professionals interested in issues related to IT and visual impairment.
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Through Scarlett's Eyes - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))Service

An on-line family support network for parents of visually impaired children, set up with funding from VICTA. A source of information and advice for parents, with the opportunity to network with others in a similar situation.
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CIB Discussion Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Held every Tuesday 11.15am to 1.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Join this group of visually impaired people of Cardiff and the Vale, for talk and support. Be involved in lively discussions about a wide variety of topics (excluding religion and politics). The group also occasionally enjoys a trip out for lunch.
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County Steering Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Representation from VI people in Swansea. Held monthly in Civic Centre Swansea.
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VI Voices Denbighshire - (Vision Support)Service

The county steering group where people with a vision impairment can meet to exchange ideas and views about any issue. The group is supported by Vision Support and meets at the Library, Prestatyn on the second Monday every other month between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
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VI Voices Campaigning Groups - (Vision Support)Service

Vision Support's VI Voices groups meet in Llandudno, Prestatyn and Wrexham and invite speakers from various organisations to discuss a range of issues from 'A' Boards and street furniture to accessibility in health services. Get involved and make a difference. For further information, please contact Vision Support.
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VI Voices Wrexham - (Vision Support)Service

The county steering group where people with a vision impairment can meet to exchange ideas and views about any issue. The group is supported by Vision Support and meets at AVOW, Egerton Street, Wrexham on the third Monday every other month between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
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Bridgend Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Bridgend Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Cardiff Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Cardiff Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Conwy Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Conwy Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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NPT Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Neath Port Talbot Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Newport Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Newport Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Swansea Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Swansea Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Vale of Glamorgan Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Wrexham Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Wrexham Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Anglesey/Gwynedd Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Isle of Anglesey/Gywynedd Special Educational Needs Service)Service

Anglesey/Gwynedd local authorities have teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Delyth Molyneux.
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Gwent Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Gwent Visual Impairment Service (GVIS))Service

GVIS provides teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children to five local authorities. The contact is Ann Tansley.
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Bridgend Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Bridgend CBC Education Department)Service

Bridgend CBC has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Helen Jenkins.
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Cardiff Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Cardiff Council Education Department)Service

Cardiff Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Roberta Veryard.
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Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Carmarthenshire Education Department)Service

Carmarthenshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Gareth Morgans.
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Ceredigion Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Ceredigion Education Department)Service

Ceredigion Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Howard Jones.
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Conwy Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Conwy Education Department)Service

Conwy Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Steve Boothby.
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Flintshire Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Flintshire CC Learning Inclusion Service)Service

Flintshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Anne Noden.
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Merthyr Tydfil Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department)Service

Merthyr Tydfil Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Lisa Beattie.
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NPT Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Neath Port Talbot Education Department)Service

NPT Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Martha Rees.
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Pembrokeshire Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Pembrokeshire Education Service)Service

Pembrokeshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Gill Hill.
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Powys Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Powys Education Department)Service

Powys Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Ann Thomas.
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RCT Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department)Service

RCT Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Sharon Phillips.
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Swansea Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Swansea Council Education Department)Service

Swansea Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Cherrie Neal.
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Vale of Glamorgan Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department)Service

Vale of Glamorgan Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Helen Davies.
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Wrexham Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Wrexham Education Department)Service

Wrexham Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Graham Edwards.
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Further education courses - (Royal National College for the Blind (RNC))Service

RNC offers a wide range of further education courses for visually impaired students at its site in Hereford. Subjects include braille and independent living skills in addition to various BTec, GCSE, A and AS level courses.
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Courses at QAC - (Queen Alexandra College)Service

The College in Birmingham provides a wide range of courses for students with a visual impairment, or other disabilities. Subjects include health and social care, hospitality, IT and the performing arts - see the website for full details.
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Gwent Mobility specialist - (Gwent Visual Impairment Service (GVIS))Service

GVIS provides five local authorities with staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Ann Tansley.
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Bridgend Mobility specialist - (Bridgend CBC Education Department)Service

Bridgend CBC has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Helen Jenkins.
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Cardiff Mobility specialist - (Cardiff Council Education Department)Service

Cardiff Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Roberta Veryard.
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Carmarthenshire Mobility specialist - (Carmarthenshire Education Department)Service

Carmarthenshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Gareth Morgans.
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Conwy Mobility specialist - (Conwy Education Department)Service

Conwy Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Steve Boothby.
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Denbighshire Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Denbighshire Education Department)Service

Denbighshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Paul Montgomery.
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Denbighshire Mobility specialist - (Denbighshire Education Department)Service

Denbighshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Paul Montgomery.
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Mobility Specialist - (Flintshire CC Learning Inclusion Service)Service

Flintshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Anne Noden.
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Merthyr Tydfil Mobility specialist - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department)Service

Merthyr Tydfil Council as a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Lisa Beattie.
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NPT Mobility specialist - (Neath Port Talbot Education Department)Service

NPT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Martha Rees.
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RCT Mobility specialist - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department)Service

RCT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Sharon Phillips.
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Swansea Mobility Specialist - (Swansea Council Education Department)Service

Swansea Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Cherrie Neal.
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Vale of Glamorgan Mobility specialist - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department)Service

Vale of Glamorgan Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Helen Davies
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Wrexham Mobility specialist - (Wrexham Education Department)Service

Wrexham Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Graham Edwards.
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Blind in Business employment support - (Blind in Business)Service

Blind in Business provide a range of services aimed at providing visually impaired graduates into employment. These include assistance with applications, practice interview sessions, advice on job hunting and help with networking.
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Seeing Ear on-line library - (Seeing Ear)Service

The Seeing Ear is a registered charity which provides an online library for visually impaired & print disabled people in the UK. This unique service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and is completely free to its members. Teachers, parents & carers can join on behalf of somebody with a visual impairment/print disability. It hosts a fiction section for both children and adults, a non fiction section, and caters for schools.
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CustomEyes Books - (Guide Dogs)Service

Guide Dogs CustomEyes service produces large print books for children with vision impairment. These are tailor-made for each child or young person, but they are only charged the recommended retail price. The customised large print books open up a whole world of imagination and learning, by enabling visually impaired children and young people to read the same books as their sighted friends and classmates.
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Sight Cymru Training - (Sight Cymru)Service

Qualified staff to provide awareness training to volunteers, carers, nursing staff, GPs, businesses etc. A course that shows you how to understand the perspective of a vision impaired person and how to approach, guide and leave a vision impaired person.
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VI awareness training - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM provide vi awareness training to families and organisations.
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Visual Impairment Awareness Training - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

In-house Visual Impairment Awareness Training tailored to your business needs.
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Inclusive Teaching Practice - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

A fundamental introduction of inclusive teaching and education practices for teaching Visual Impaired Learners.
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Workplace Assessments - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

We carry out holistic workplace and work-based assessments for visually impaired, hearing impaired and dyslexic employees in the workplace.
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