A Change in Sight is our new report looking back at the last six years of our work in special schools and thanking all our supporters and funders who have made this work possible.

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The report celebrates that the NHS is now planning for a new programme of sight tests and glasses dispensing in England’s special schools from 2020.

SeeAbility has been supporting 11 special schools in the UK since 2013, delivering full sight tests, dispensing over 1700 pairs of glasses and supplying clear information on what children can see to parents and teachers. The project is the biggest global study actively reporting on the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities and its major findings - based on delivering over 3500 sight tests, and supporting nearly 1500 children - reveal that up to half of children in special schools will have a problem with their vision.

SeeAbility’s model of sight testing in special schools is recommended by eye care professional bodies, as it is less stressful for children with learning disabilities and autism, reduces the time they miss from school and incorporates glasses dispensing as well as repairs. The project has also provided training on eye care and vision for nearly 800 teaching staff. The report looks forward to how special schools and eye care professionals can embrace a new national programme in 2020.