Vision Impairment Fact Sheets - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

Vision Impairment Fact Sheets

A student with vision impairment

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Albinism PDF / Word Doc

Book Bags PDF / Word Doc

Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) PDF / Word Doc

Enviromental Considerations for Preschool Child with Vision Impairment PDF / Word Doc

Enviromental Considerations for School Students with Vision Impairment PDF / Word Doc

General Classroom Guidelines for School Students with Vision Impairment – Lighting and Positioning PDF / Word Doc

General Classroom Guidelines for School Students with Vision Impairment – Presenting Visual Information PDF / Word Doc

Good Eye Health PDF / Word Doc

Nystagmus PDF / Word Doc

Refractive Errors and Glasses PDF / Word Doc


Blindness Fact List

  • Vision impairment affects more than 1 in 2500 children in Australia.
  • RIDBC estimates that 4 out of every 10,000 children born in Australia will be diagnosed with severe vision impairment or blindness by their first birthday but there are no accurate statistics to verify this figure.
  • The number of blind or vision impaired children enrolled in RIDBC programs has doubled in the last 7 years.
  • At RIDBC 8.6 per cent of families of children with vision impairment are from non-English speaking backgrounds.
  • Vision impairment often is associated with other disabilities.
  • RIDBC is pioneering the development of Australia’s first Childhood Vision Impairment Register to more accurately ascertain the number of Australian children with significant vision impairment and how to meet their needs.
  • Blind children face challenges doing every day things we take for granted like reading. Braille is vital to literacy for many children who are blind.
  • Every year, RIDBC skills at least 30 teachers and professionals to work with children who are deaf or blind.
  • There are an estimated 1.5 million blind children world wide.
  • Children who have both hearing and vision impairment require very highly specialised education.