Sue wears a Nystagmus Network T-shirt and sits at her exhibition table.

Sue at VIEW

Nystagmus Network’s Sue Ricketts travelled to Birmingham last week for the annual conference of VIEW, the national body representing Qualified Teachers of Visually Impaired children and young people (QTVIs).

Delegates were treated to presentations on the latest thinking on special educational teaching and support, including responses to the recent SEND reforms.

Sue was part of the exhibition, ensuring that teachers and support staff had all the resources they needed to signpost families to the Nystagmus Network for support and information. There was overwhelming praise for our digital guides, with ‘Wobbly Eyes‘, the booklet for young children, again proving the most popular, followed closely by ‘Nystagmus and Driving‘ and Sue took the opportunity to introduce our latest publication, the Nystagmus exams guide.

There was lots of interest, too, in our online book shop, featuring ‘Can I tell you about nystagmus?’ by Nadine Neckles and the newly published ‘She will never…’ by Amanda Harris.

In the run up to Nystagmus Awareness Day on 20 June, with our 2023 theme ‘Share your nystagmus story’ we are making available lesson plans and Powerpoint presentations for teachers and their pupils. We hope that these resources will not only raise awareness of nystagmus in schools but also help children and young people living with nystagmus feel better understood and more included.

Children pointing at a computer screen.

A round up of online learning

The Nystagmus Network has put together a handy list of tried and tested online learning resources for parents and carers. It’s a list that’s growing day by day. If you’d like to recommend a resource, please contact us and we’ll be happy to add it to our list.

A brilliant ‘how to’ guide for parents and carers of visually impaired children from our friends at LOOK UK.

Activity shares from Gwyn at Positive Eye.

A catalogue of VI friendly resources for use at home or at school from the Partially Sighted Society.

Partially Sighted society Catalogue

Some great ideas for outdoor activities that you can also do indoors from the Scouts.

The great outdoors

A book by a nurse for young children worried about coronavirus from Nurse Dotty Books.

The original accessible learning tool: BBC Bitesize.

BBC Bitesize

A whole list of e-learning platforms compiled for you by Mumsnet.

Mumsnet online learning resources

Large print, audio books and Braille versions available to families and schools from BookShare.

RNIB BookShare

VI friendly books from Guide Dogs’ Custom Eyes Service.

Custom Eyes books

A subscription free postal library of audio books from Young Calibre.

Young Calibre

Beautiful tactile books and activity sets from our friends at Living Paintings.

Up to date and factual advice and information for parents and carers from IPSEA.

IPSEA update on Covid-19 school closures and sen provision

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