People with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people yet least likely to get the support they need to manage their sight problem.


Our team of trained vision rehabilitation workers are able to teach people with sight loss how to do everyday tasks. They provide the support and knowledge that people with learning disabilities and autism need if they are to maintain and develop their independence, participation in their community and home life.

Vision rehabilitation and enablement

We support people with learning disabilities and autism who experience sight loss in childhood, adulthood or later life to adapt or develop their skills to maintain or grow their independence and participation in their community. 

Sam's story

Sam (pictured above) lost his sight at birth and spent 50 years living with other people. But thanks to SeeAbility, he’s now living independently – and loving it. 

I didn't think it would ever happen. It was always something I would dream about

says Sam

The first step for Sam was moving into Woodlands, SeeAbility's supported living service in Surrey. Here he practised skills he’d need to live by himself, including shopping and cooking. He received mobility training from the rehabilitation team and learnt the routes to all the most important places in town. After a few years of hard work, he finally moved into his own flat. 

It's the freedom - you can come and go as you please. I had to wait until my early fifties to live on my own entirely, and without SeeAbility I'm not sure I ever would have.

What we offer

Person-centred assessments

We provide vision rehabilitation or habilitation assessments for people who have life-long or acquired sight loss and physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or autism.

Assessments are carried out by our qualified specialist vision rehabilitation workers who meet with the person and their supporters. Each assessment will be undertaken using specialised assessment tools, and when necessary, supported by other members of our advisory service team to take into account the person’s communication or Assistive Technology needs.

Functional Vision Assessments (FVA) 

Functional vision describes how we use our vision to carry out our usual activities. Many people who have learning disabilities have sight problems and this means that very often their supporters are not sure how much they can see. An FVA can tell supporters more about how much the person can see and how this impacts upon them.

Our assessment is carried out by specialist vision rehabilitation workers and will suggest support strategies to better assist individuals. It should be noted that an FVA will complement the clinical eye test carried out by an optometrist.

Person-centred programmes 

We can provide person-centred rehabilitation/habilitation support for people who have sight loss and multiple disabilities. Once we complete a full rehabilitation assessment, including an FVA, a rehabilitation plan will then be produced and agreed by our qualified specialist rehabilitation workers at the start of the programme, and the plan will be monitored and reviewed at agreed intervals.

Our consultancy services are bespoke and priced upon request.

To enquire about rehabilitation/habilitation please email: [email protected]