A novel method of notification to profile childhood visual impairment in Scotland to meet the needs of children with visual impairment

John Ravenscroft, Andrew Blaikie, Caroline Macewen, Anne O'Hare, Lyn Creswell, Gordon N. Dutton

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study is to pilot a new notification system for children with visual impairment (VI) and describe the initial summary findings. A system of notification of children in Scotland with VI was established. Information concerning this system was distributed to professionals working with visually impaired children to forward to parents. Parents, teachers and health professionals were all encouraged to notify children with VI. 975 families with children with (VI) were notified and received information and support from Visual Impairment Scotland (VIS). For this review, the data from 850 parents were included in the analysis. The provision of a range of support services for parents and children with VI has led to a wide range of children being notified to VIS. The causes of VI can be recorded as well as other useful demographic information. The methods used could be applied across the range of low incidence childhood disabilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)170-189
    Number of pages20
    JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Keywords

    • childhood visual impairment
    • notification
    • profile

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