Visual Impairment Snapshot

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Course Overview:

The term visual impairment can simply mean a reduced level of vision which cannot be corrected simply by wearing a pair of glasses. Visual impairments can take several forms and include conditions such as Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Glaucoma.

Approximately two million people who live within the United Kingdom are estimated to be registered as having a visual impairment and estimates suggest that by the year 2050 this could double to around four million people. An estimated 3% of individuals registered as visually impaired or blind have no vision at all.


The aim of this course is to provide the learner with an understanding of the term ‘Visual Impairment’ and the different forms and conditions associated with it and how to offer assistance to a person with a visual impairment.

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain what the term “visual impairment” means
  • Identify the different types of visual impairments
  • Demonstrate how to assist a person with a visual impairment
  • Identify the different types of assistance dogs


This course will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Further resources are available from the Diversity Document Toolkit. The toolkit contains factsheets, guides, forms and checklists which can support and embed what has been learnt.