SeeAbility, a charity supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, has been awarded £44,608 to fund a campaign which is transforming eye care for children with learning disabilities.
The charity’s ground-breaking research has found that children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children, yet are also less likely to have access to regular eye care. Over the past year, half of all the children tested by SeeAbility were found to have a vision problem and 43% had no history of eye care at all.
The Children in Focus Campaign aims to transform how children with disabilities access and receive eye care by ensuring that specialist sight tests become standard practice in special schools.
The grant will fund the role of National Manager for Children and Families, who is responsible for the day to day running of the charity’s sight testing research programme. The sight testing programme has now been expanded to schools in London, Buckinghamshire and Durham.
We are delighted to receive this grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation that will help us deliver more specialist sight tests in more special schools around the country. Financial support like this enables us to fund important roles that contribute greatly to our Children in Focus Campaign and the work of our charity.
Paula Spinks-Chamberlain, Director of External Affairs, SeeAbility