World Sight Day 2021
For over eight years, Perseid School has worked in partnership with SeeAbility, an award-winning charity specialising in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may have also have sight loss or complex support leads, to live ambitious lives. Research by SeeAbility has found that children with learning difficulties are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children and are often not accessing the eye care they need.
Since 2013, SeeAbility have delivered specialist sight tests and dispensing glasses for Perseid pupils onsite, allowing them to continue their learning and development, with the eyecare they vitally need and deserve. To mark World Sight Day (14th October 2021), International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Global Ambassador, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited Perseid Lower School to see the outstanding work of the Special Schools Eye Care Service at Perseid.
“Perseid was the very first school to partner with SeeAbility back in 2013. It was ground-breaking at the time to bring full sight tests and glasses dispensing into special schools, now it is multi award winning and the NHS is planning its own programme nationally in all special schools. The difference the project has made to our children is profound - especially for the children who had never had a sight test and were found to need glasses. Many were living their lives in a total blur before. Now those pupils are happier, more able to learn, feel less frustrated and have higher self-esteem. It was a pleasure to speak to Her Royal Highness about the benefits we have seen” Tina Harvey, Executive Headteacher Perseid School