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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND ADVICE.

Welsh Government issues plans for getting students home for Xmas.

https://gov.wales/written-statement-supporting-students-travel-home-safely-ahead-christmas

What happens now the 'circuit-breaker' has ended?

The Welsh Government has produced an FAQ on current restrictions: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Welsh Government links to help and information in Wales.

https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/

SCHOOLS

Welsh Government guidance on how vulnerable and disadvantaged learners can be supported in a school environment which has changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic:
https://gov.wales/guidance-supporting-vulnerable-and-disadvantaged-learners
General advice on coronavirus and schools:
https://gov.wales/back-school-plans-september-coronavirus

RNIB information for education professionals as schools re-open:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/education-professionals/coronavirus-how-we-can-help-you

Henshaws' Top tips for an accessible classroom’:
https://www.henshaws.org.uk/shop/ebook/top-tips-for-a-vision-friendly-accessible-classroom-ebook/
(This information is from Henshaws’ Knowledge Village which has other information for children, young people and families.)

Nystagmus Network resources for teachers, support staff and QTVIs:
https://nystagmusnetwork.myshopify.com/collections ,
Education Resource Hub:
https://nystagmusnetwork.org/education-resource-hub/

New College Worcester runs events for parents and teachers. Check website for the latest information:
https://www.ncw.co.uk/event-directory/

Sarah Hughes (QTVI) has a website which signposts families and professionals supporting children and young people with vision impairment to suggested resources and services:
https://sites.google.com/view/qtvisarah/home

WAVIE report on support for pupils under COVID restrictions [Word format].

LOOK has produced a resource and podcast ‘Supporting your visually impaired child during their transition to High School’:
https://www.look-uk.org/supporting-your-vi-child-during-their-transition-to-high-school/

VIEW has information for education professionals during the pandemic:
https://viewweb.org.uk/coronavirus/

Guide Dogs has advice for any parents who must continue home schooling:
https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/covid19/support-for-people-with-sight-loss/learning-at-home-and-activities-for-children-and-young-people/advice-on-home-learning

UNIVERSITIES

Welsh Government has a range of information and guidance on further/higher education and coronavirus:
https://gov.wales/further-higher-education-coronavirus

LOOK Student Handbook:
https://www.look-uk.org/the-students-handbook/

VICTA Student Helpline:
https://www.victa.org.uk/young-adults/student-helpline/

Pocklington Trust Student Support Service (including a helpline and section on the coronavirus situation):
https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/Pages/Category/student-support  
Life in Higher Education:
https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/pages/category/life-in-higher-education

ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION.

This advice on communication needs has been compiled for health workers in Word and PDF. Additional material from Welsh organisations can be found in Word format at communications_needs_wales.docx

Making meetings accessible for people with sensory loss.

WCDP and WCB have teamed up to provide guidance on making meetings accessible, including on-line meetings.

Transcriptions.

Pia Publishing are a 'critical supplier' so they are continuing to produce Braille. www.pia.co.uk

Wales Council of the Blind is able to produce Audio CDs as usual. We will be focusing on materials that are critical for vulnerable people for the time being. Contact Richard Bowers richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk. We shall, when print versions of Sylw and Roundup are produced, distribute Audio CDs as normal.

PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING

See social care and health for more wellbeing links.

TECHNOLOGY

Social Distancing help.

Sodar is a social distancing app for Android and Chrome.

https://sodar.withgoogle.com

Connect by Tech.

Would you like to get more out of being online? Macular Society Connect by Tech is a brand new service to help people make the most of things like tablets, smartphones and smart speakers to stay connected.

They can help you do the things you want to do, or help if you are curious about trying. Perhaps it’s a video call, joining a chat group, online shopping, finding health advice, exercise ideas or listening to the latest best-seller. Just let them know what you want to do and one of their friendly volunteers will be in touch to help.

Email your name, and what you would like to be able to do to techtalk@macularsociety.org or call Advice & Information Line on 0300 3030 111.

Tech support from Sight Cymru.

Sight Cymru offers technology support and equipping people to do zoom calls on all types of devices including those with synaptic. The demand for this has increased and so we are doing what we could to support people in reaching their loved ones virtually where possible.

Dolphin

To ensure their customers have all the help and support they need now and in the coming months, Dolphin has put together a series of video trainings, phone-ins and live action webinars.

If you're not technical, you just need to be able to make a phone call. And if you're a little more computer or app savvy, they've got webinars and online meetings.

Browse the complete list or find out more at: www.YourDolphin.com/webinars. Their support and sales teams are all open and fully operational. Call 01905 754 577 or email dave.salisbury@yourdolphin.com.

Be My Eyes

The 'Be My Eyes' app is reminding vi people that their volunteers are available to help: https://www.bemyeyes.com/

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and partially sighted people to sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.

 

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This page is being maintained by Richard Bowers: richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk. Please send updates and corrections to him.