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New booklet for professionals working with deaf children with eye problems

Posted May 28 2009 11:32pm

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Forty percent of children who are born deaf also have eye problems, so a new set of guidelines has been produced to help professionals who work in vision and hearing, to ensure that deaf children receive good vision care.

Quality standards in vision care for deaf children and young people: Guidelines for professionals has been produced by Sense with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

Good vision is especially important to deaf children, so it is important that problems are identified early. The guidelines aim to promote good practice in eye care for deaf children and contain recommendations on identifying vision difficulties, assessing a deaf child’s vision, providing support and involving the child and the family and effective multi-disciplinary working.

Brian Gale, NDCS Director of Policy and Campaigns, says: “We urge eye care professionals to ensure deaf children’s needs are not overlooked, as we know that for deaf children vision plays such a significant role in helping them acquire language and understanding the world around them. NDCS and Sense have taken advice from experts to produce Guidelines for professionals to ensure that vision difficulties are picked up as early as possible so that appropriate treatment and support can be provided to enable deaf children to fulfil their full potential."

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