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Specialist visual impairment team raise awareness

Communities / Fri 6th Nov 2015 at 02:37pm

AwarenessSTAFF and visitors at County Hall went all dotty to raise awareness of visual impairment and celebrate the achievement of blind pupils in Essex.

Hosted by Essex County Council’s Specialist Teacher (Visual Impairment) Team, yesterday’s interactive drop-in event was one of a number that have taken place in Essex throughout October as part of the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s (RNIB) Wear Dots campaign.

Several of the county’s schools have also held events as part of the campaign, which seeks to celebrate the contribution of braille as an essential tool for blind or visually impaired people who are unable to read print.

The drop-in event at County Hall in Chelmsford was attended by Essex County Council staff and members of the public, as well as visually impaired pupils and their families.

Those in attendance, who had been encouraged to dress in dotty clothing, had the opportunity to hear stories of how pupils were learning to overcome barriers to reading and writing using braille.
Among the pupils were nine-year-old Monica Evans, who attends St James’ Primary School in Colchester, and ten-year-old Ethan Peacock, who is a pupil at Kelvedon St Mary’s Primary.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend today’s event and hear so many inspiring stories. Braille really is an essential tool for these young people and one we are keen to raise awareness of.

“As a council, we are committed to supporting people to live independently and our Specialist Teacher (Visual Impairment) Team works closely with schools to equip young people with important skills for future life.”

The Specialist Teacher Team also provides specialist teaching services for pupils with hearing, multi-sensory, physical and neurological impairments, as well as other disabilities.

For more information about the support and services available in Essex for those with special educational needs and disabilities, please visit http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/

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