The Brent Vision Impairment Service

The Brent Vision Impairment Service (BVIS) is continuing to provide support to schools and families. This includes the support of our qualified teachers for vision impairment, habilitation and mobility officer and our resource coordinator.

The teams will be flexible in their approach so that they can provide remote support to school staff and families as well as support in any local settings that vulnerable children and young people are continuing to attend. 

Our normal points of contact remain the best way of seeking support or advice. This includes the advisory teacher supporting your child or Team Leader Paul Fielding at paul.fielding@brent.gov.uk.

Below are useful resources and links that may help during these unprecedented times:

VICTA parental portal 

The VICTA parent portal offers useful resources that are subject specific, including resources for supporting a child or young person with a vision impairment. 

Be part of the VICTA Positivity Project

VICTA Young Ambassador Ruquaiya launched the Positivity Project to lift our spirits by spreading a little happiness and joy. And the best part, everyone can join in. To take part, all you need to do is share with us something you make, that you believe could spread the joy. This includes poetry, music, art, dance, photography and any other creative outlet.

Organisations that can help during social distancing

For many of us it is a worrying time, so we want to stay in touch and share as much information to help as we can. View a list of organisations offering services and advice which you may find helpful.

VICTA parent network

Join the conversation and connect with other parents on the VICTA Parent Network Facebook group.

Fun ideas, free software and charities

  • Perkins - school for the blind - offering instructions on creating braille drawings. 
  • Cricksoft - Free clicker 8
  • Look - charity supporting young visually impaired people and their families through mentoring, transformational events, youth forums and parent support groups.
  • Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) - support young children and parent to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to help guide their child through sight loss.

Touch-typing programmes

Compatible with iPad:

  • Doorway - Text Type 3 – designed for students with V.I.
  • Sense-lang - free, user-friendly typing course.
  • Typing club - free touch typing tool with balloon revision games at the end of each lesson.
  • Typing games - fun typing games to improve typing speed and accuracy.

PC only:

  • Doorway - designed for students with V.I. Also single-handed.
  • Rapid typing (download required) - typing tutor tool
  • FreeTypingGame - free typing games and lessons (font can be enlarged, includes games)

Paid for resources

  • Nessy - reading, writing and spelling help for children
    Cost: £30/year
  • English Type Junior - touch type software for children 
    Cost: £29.95/year
  • Azabat - Software for blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and abilities.
    £30/year
  • IOTA - on screen typing tutor for students with very low/no vision
    Cost: £35 + VAT