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Useful Organisations

Ace Centre | Charity specialising in AAC & Assistive
https://acecentre.org.uk

Amber Trust
Providing musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, and children with more complex needs
http://www.ambertrust.org/

Better Places
Helping children make places better for disabled people
https://betterplaces.uk/

Bidel Syndrome UK
The only registered charity supporting people with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, their families and carers in the UK.
www.bbsuk.org.uk

Booktrust
A national literacy charity. Their free BookTouch packs contain books specially selected for children with a vision impairment.
www.booktrust.org

Calibre Audio
Calibre Audio has brought the joy of audiobooks to anyone struggling to access print
https://www.calibreaudio.org.uk/

Clear Vision Project
A postal lending library of children’s books in print and braille, and tactile books
http://www.clearvisionproject.org/

Cue and review
Helping blind and partially sighted people access printed copies, based in Scotland
http://www.cueandreview.com/

The CVI Society
Support families directly and deliver awareness raising and training sessions
https://cvisociety.org.uk/

Family Fund (Helping Disabled Children)
Providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people
https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

Guide Dogs
Training guide dogs for blind and partially sighted people
https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/

Guide Dogs custom eyes books
Providing large print children's books, with over 4,200 large print books available
http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services-we-provide/children-and-young-peoples-services/customeyes-books

Henshaw’s Society for the Blind
Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations
www.henshaws.org.uk

Children with Disabilities Team (CWD)
The Children with Disabilities Team (CWD) team comprises of Social Workers, Children with Disabilities (CWD) Intervention Worker, a Management Team, a Transition Social Worker, Community Occupational Therapists and a Behaviour Support Therapist. For more information:
https://www.tameside.gov.uk/SocialCareServices/ChildrenwithDisabilities/ISCAN

KIDS Mediation Service
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Mediation and Disagreement Resolution Service
http://www.kids.org.uk/send-mediation

Lancashire Lions.
Sports club for the Visually Impaired.
Including cricket, goalball, baseball and football.
www.llvisc.com

Little Bear Sees
The goal of the foundation is to provide families in need with the information, products and tools to help their children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) learn to see
http://www.littlebearsees.org/

Living Paintings
Free postal library of Touch to See books provide access to the visual world for blind and partially sighted children and adults
http://www.livingpaintings.org/

LOOK
Supporting young visually impaired people and their families to thrive, through mentoring, transformational events, youth forums and parent support groups
www.look-uk.org

National Blind Children’s Society
Offers a range of services including emotional support and practical advice for families, opportunities for children and young people to build confidence and skills through activities, and a specialist further education college
https://www.rsbc.org.uk/

Noah's Art
To utilise the benefits of the human-animal bond to improve mental health and wellbeing in Greater Manchester
www.noahs-art.co.uk

Nystagmus Network
The Nystagmus Network provides support and information, raises awareness and funds research
https://nystagmusnetwork.org/

Our Kids Eyes
We apply for funding to enable us to organise clubs, activities, discos & trips. We provide confidential advice and support for parents on a whole range of subjects
www.ourkidseyes.org

Pathfinder Dogs
Raising and training German Shepherds as guides to blind people in the UK. For 18 years and older
https://www.pathfinderdogs.org

Paths to Literacy
This website is a collaboration between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/

Peeps 
Peeps is a only UK charity dedicated to supporting those affected by hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy
www.peeps-hie.org

Peer Mentoring Projects for VI Young People – Look UK 
Look support young visually impaired people and their families to thrive. They do this through mentoring, transformational events, youth forums and parent support groups.
https://www.look-uk.org/mentoring/

Portage:
Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their familiesPortage aims to: work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience, for themselves and their young children, in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community in their own right.
https://www.tameside.gov.uk/portage

Primary School x Learn With ESS
Learn With ESS A workshop initiative that aims to challenge individual and societal perceptions surrounding
disabilities.

RNIB Bookshare
RNIB Bookshare supports learners with a print disability to access the curriculum
http://www.rnibbookshare.org/

RNIB Library
Online library catalogue, 22,000 Braille books, over 30,000 talking books, more than 12,000 Music titles, personalised support, radio programme called “Read On” www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer/reading-choices

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
One of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people
www.rnib.org.uk
 
Scottish Sensory Centre
We engage in research into the issues that affect children with sensory impairments and the professionals who work with them. We also provide an information service comprising a postal lending library, information searches and online resources
http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/
 
SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services)
KIDS is one of the leading providers of Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) which provide information, advice and support around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
https://www.kids.org.uk/sendiass

Sense
We help people develop the skills to enjoy everyday things like having a conversation, enjoying friendships and living independently. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.
https://www.sense.org.uk

Sight support West of England
Works across Bristol, Bath, N-E Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  We want timely and appropriate support services for people affected by sight loss.  And we want all blind and partially sighted people in the region to be able to lead active and fulfilled lives
http://www.sightsupportwest.org.uk/

Tactile Book Advancement Group
Further information on tactile books and their creation.

The CVI Society (Changing perceptions of vision)
Our aim is to ensure that all affected by CVI at any stage of life, whether it is from birth or acquired later, are able to access the support needed for them to thrive and be happy
https://cvisociety.org.uk/

Thomas Pocklington Trust (part of the sight loss council)
Student Support Service for Blind and Partially Sighted students aged 11+ their families and professionals who support them. We provide expert advice, information and guidance supporting students to navigate secondary school, college and university.
Contact: studentssupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk

TEL (support line) 0203 757 8040 – Tuesday and Wednesday 10 to 4pm.

Through Scarlets Eyes
Run by the parent of a child with a vision impairment – this site gives practical advice and support for other parents. (See up by Victa)

TravelEyes
Traveleyes was founded in 2004 by the blind entrepreneur, Amar Latif. We are the world’s first commercial tour operator providing independent group travel for people who are blind or partially sighted.
https://www.traveleyes-international.com

UK Blind Baseball Association.
www.ukblindbaseball.co.uk

Wonder Baby
Dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child
http://www.wonderbaby.org/

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