The drive towards ‘Inclusive’ education in recent years has meant that the system of visual impairment education has changed quite dramatically throughout Scotland. Current Research by VI Scotland (2003) and the RNIB (2003) shows that most visually impaired children, aged between 5 -16 years of age, attend their local mainstream school or attend a mainstream school with a Resource Base for visually impaired
pupils attached. All Local Authorities now pursue a strategy of delivering an Education system that extends to all; so that all
children can reach their full potential by accessing the widest possible range of educational and life opportunities.
For this to be successful parents, educationalists and other professionals must
work as closely as possible to determine the successful delivery of an appropriate, planned education that enables the visually impaired child to thrive at school.
This booklet has been produced by VI Scotland to give parents more information about mainstream education for visually impaired children. Our aim is to promote a closer partnership between parents, local authorities and education professionals. VI Scotland wants to encourage all parents to become involved in the decision-making process, by providing Questions and Answers in an accessible, plain English format. Together, we
can ensure that your child is given the education he deserves.