Time to see things from a different point of view


The Herald Society features the experiences of Natasha Stevens, a 14-year-old pupil who suffers from complex vision problems – in fact she has several, including colour blindness and night blindness as well as cone rod dystrophy and retinitis pigmentosa – two progressive eye conditions.

‘If school work given to Natasha is not perfectly formatted – in the right font and size, and on a white background, then she can’t use it. Pictures also need to be separate from text. For the most part, her schoolteachers try enlarging handouts onto A3 paper – but, according to her mother, that can make the letters fuzzy and hard to read. “They think they’re doing good, but they are just making it harder for Natasha…’

Unfortunately this experience is common for blind and partially-sighted children, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Scotland (RNIB) which launched a campaign on the issue of educational materials at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre yesterday.

The Right to Learn campaign is calling for a National Education Transcription Service which would transcribe curriculum material to a consistent professional standard, at the same time as it is being produced for other pupils.

RNIB Scotland launches ‘Right to Read’ campaign http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/publicwebsite/public_scotnews08_ia485fe654-8.hcsp

 Launch event highlighting shortage of educational material in accessible formats.

RNIB Scotland says blind and partially sighted schoolchildren can still struggle to access textbooks in a format they can understand.

They have launched a new campaign to highlight the dearth of educational material available in braille, large print, CD or audio. A giant poster was unveiled in Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre yesterday by young people who themselves have sight loss.

RNIB Scotland is proposing that a National Education Transcription Service be established that could transcribe curriculum material to a consistent professional standard, and be a single point for liaison with educational publishers.

The campaign is being supported by a youth forum, ‘Haggeye’, set up by and for 12 to 25 year-olds with sight loss in Scotland.

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