Season’s Greetings from VIEW

As we approach a well-deserved break, I’d like to take a moment to look back on some good news from what has been another challenging year.

Many VIEW members will be delighted to, once again, be working face-to-face with children and young people in their schools and settings*, providing specialist interventions to maximise access to the curriculum and develop independence. VIEW has been able to support these efforts through peer support, resources on the website, and some more recent developments resulting from partnership working:

  • BATOD and VIEW together have extended their offer to QTMSIs, who previously didn’t have a professional association to support their practice and raise awareness at a national level of issues affecting their work.
  • Together with NATSIP, as part of their TPT funded project, VIEW put on a mini assistive technology event, adding new resources to the Technology section of the website, and holding two well-attended live Q&A webinars on AT assessments and iPads in the classroom.
  • RNIB and VIEW have also developed a much-requested training resource around the modification and production of assessment materials, which will be available for bookings soon.

And the fruits of partnership working don’t end there. In 2022, we will be celebrating the launch of the highly anticipated UK specialist VI curriculum framework, and the associated resource hub, developed by RNIB, TPT, VICTAR, and VIEW. We are excited that this will form the cornerstone of our annual conference, held online in March 2022. We will be in touch with members in January with more details, including how you can book.

I’d also like to thank you, our members, who, through the membership fee, continue to make possible the important work VIEW does. Please encourage colleagues to join: for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each week, they too can support professionals to support children and young people with vision impairment.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a joyous festive season – whatever form the festivities take this year – and offer my best wishes for 2022!

VIEW Chair

* for anyone who is still working under restrictions that they feel don’t balance the risk of infection against the long-term effects of reduced specialist intervention, VIEW, BATOD and RNIB have produced a document that contains information to bring to discussions around this with managers.