SeeAbility Press Release
SeeAbility has been delivering sight tests and dispensing glasses in our school since 2013 as part of their Children in Focus Campaign.
New research by SeeAbility suggests that thousands of children with learning disabilities in England's special schools are missing out on vital eye tests and care, despite being 28 times more likely to have a serious eye problem.
SeeAbility is calling on NHS to make wide reforms to community eye care for children and adults with learning disabilities and introduce adjusted eye tests in special schools. Failure to target these high risk children with eye care they are able to access is causing unnecessary vision impairment and putting eye sight at risk.
For more information about their research project and to learn about all the great work SeeAbility does with pupils in special schools, including our own, read their latest press release, accessible on our partner page on our website: http://www.perseidschool.org.uk/Partnerships/SeeAbility/
We are thrilled to have been recognised for our dedication and efforts in ensuring out pupils receive regular check ups and eye care as appropriate, however this would not be possible if not for our long-standing partnership with SeeAbility. For further information about the work that SeeAbility does with our school, how it benefits our pupils and their call on the NHS, please read the article published by the Wimbledon Guardian: accessible here.
Recently, Executive Headteacher Tina Harvey was interviewed by the BBC World Service regarding the benefits that the relationship with SeeAbility has on the individual child, including the effects of regular eye tests and eye care. To listen, click below:
At Perseid School, we understand the importance of the correct eye care and its contribution to a child's learning and development. Research carried out by SeeAbility has highlighted that children with significant learning difficulties are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children and not accessing the eye care they need. We are incredibly grateful to SeeAbility for the opportunity they provide our students, delivering specialist sight tests and dispensing glasses at our school since 2013, allowing our students to continue their learning and development, with the eye care that they vitally need and deserve.
Tina Harvey, Executive Headteacher