Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin demands more help for visually impaired children

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is campaigning for more help for visually impaired children.

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The Young Vision Alliance - made up of groups like the RNIB, Guide Dogs and families of vision impaired young people - has published a new report called ‘Our Futures Matter’ showing that young people with vision impairment are twice as likely to not be in employment, education or training.

The proportion of registered blind and partially sighted people of working age in any form of employment dropped from one in three in 2005 to around one in four in 2015.

Children with vision impairment are among those with the highest needs, making it difficult to expect general teaching staff to have the training needed to support them.

Austin has previously backed campaigns to improve blind people’s access to support and services.

Ian Austin said:

 “I want a meeting of the Secretary of State with members of the Young Vision Alliance, so they can say what is and isn’t working for them.

“I’ll keep working with organisations such as the Beacon Centre for the Blind in Dudley to work towards improving support for visually impaired children and their families.

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