As a result of SeeAbility’s campaigning, NHS England are planning for a new national programme of sight tests and glasses dispensing in England’s special schools from 2020.

SeeAbility’s model of sight testing is less stressful for children with learning disabilities and autism, as it reduces the time they miss from school and incorporates glasses dispensing as well as repairs. We’re hoping all eye care professionals will embrace the new programme, which is highly recommended by eye care professional bodies.

SeeAbility’s Eye Care and Vision team, including clinicians and people with lived experience of learning disability, autism and sight loss, are able to provide a range of bespoke training and consultancy services for eye care professionals, including:

  • CET accredited Training for community and hospital-based eye care practitioners (2 CET sessions are being delivered at 100% Optical)
  • Keynote speakers, workshops and exhibition stands for eye care events
  • Advising on the current accessibility of local eye care services for people with learning disabilities
  • Providing solutions to increase accessibility of eye care services
  • A range of free downloadable resources to support your patients with learning disabilities
  • An optical database so people with learning disabilities know about the support your optical practice offers

Are you ready to join the growing community of eye care professionals who are changing the lives of children with learning disabilities?


Read the Eye News article on this topic from August 2019:


About SeeAbility

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 200 years. Today SeeAbility provides extraordinary support and champions better eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss.

The people we support overcome huge barriers to achieve exciting new things every day: some big, some small, all extraordinary.

We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society. They challenge us all to rethink disability.