Visual Impairment Awareness

Course Aims

Provide awareness and basic information, advice and skills on visual impairment, identifying the relevant issues and how visual impairment effects and impacts on people’s lives and the professionals who work with them.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • State and explain the term and definition of ‘visual impairment’
  • Describe the main facts and figures, myths and truths of visual impairment
  • Identify social attitudes towards visual impairment, including social stereotypes and taboos
  • Explain how the eye works, and what can go wrong
  • Describe how visual impairment can affect communication and access to information
  • Demonstrate how to communicate effectively with a visually impaired person
  • Describe and demonstrate how to guide a visually impaired person appropriately

Course Information

This is a level one awareness training course for any staff (at any level), from any sector, working with, or who may come into contact with visually impaired people. The learning outcomes will equip staff to have professional confidence and basic skills to provide relevant support and information to any visually impaired person they work with.

This course is relevant for specialist sensory impairment team staff who do not hold a professional qualification, social workers (any team), professionally unqualified social services staff, occupational therapists, residential and home care staff, any staff working in housing depts/associations, and staff working in national and local voluntary agencies.

The learning outcomes of this course meet the Qualification and Credit Framework standard SS MU 301, set by the Care Council for Wales, and listed on Certificate of Attendance.

Course Programme

Course timings: 9.30am to 4.30pm

SESSION ONE: 9.30AM – 11.00AM

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Course aims and objectives
  • All about visual impairment – general information, descriptions and definitions, facts and figures.
  • Stereotypes and ‘taboos’ – public perceptions and attitudes to sight loss.
  • Registration as blind and partially sighted – what does it mean, and what are the benefits.
  • Visual Impairment ‘Do’s and Don’ts’

SESSION TWO: 11.15AM – 12.45PM

  • How does the eye work.
  • What can go wrong – the big 4 eye conditions.
  • What do people see – the functional impact of sight loss.


  • Communicating with VI people – Language and terminology
  • Providing accessible information – introduction to accessible formats
  • The emotional impact of sight loss


  • How to guide a visually impaired person – Sighted Guide Technique – followed by Sighted Guide exercise
  • Course evaluation

4.30PM – CLOSE