New research (England) from SeeAbility, the national sight loss and disability charity, shows nearly four in ten (37%) pupils attending special schools have no history of eye tests. This alarming figure is made worse as children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other children.
There are 100,000 children in special schools in England and if these findings are replicated nationwide 37,000 children with disabilities are missing out on the eye care they need. If eye problems are undetected children’s sight will be at risk.
The statistics are in the new report ‘An equal right to sight’ from SeeAbility as part of its Children in Focus Campaign launch. SeeAbility says it’s unacceptable that there is no national plan to meet the eye care needs of children with disabilities.
Watch the Campaign video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grlsEsXEPeI