Striving to change the lives and aspirations of Children & Young People with a visual impairment

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Mission Statement

We are the professional body for Habilitation Specialists in the UK, providing leadership and setting professional standards. We aim to support our members to help maximise the mobility and independence skills of children and young people with vision impairment. We facilitate and promote research into the field of habilitation and mobility training, promote better education and training of habilitation specialists around the UK and provide information for our members and the public about the work we do. Habilitation VI UK hold the register for Qualified Habilitation Specialists (RQHS) who meet the required National Quality Standards for habilitation training. As part of registration RQHS are required to undertake regular relevant continued professional development, which keeps them apprised of legislation changes, good practice and developments in the field.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to a wide range of curriculum resources, through the website member pages
  • Access to a broad range of local and national HAB VI UK approved CPD
  • Opportunities to attend a national conference at a reduced fee
  • Access to advice, help and support from a Regional Executive who also organises local CPD training and meetings each year. Local issues are then discussed at the National Executive meeting.
  • Access to a Mentoring Service for those professionals working in isolation and need advice, help and support
  • Access to the current and previous issues of the British Journal of Visual Impairment.
  • Opportunity to be placed on the Register of Qualified Habilitation Specialists once the probationary period is completed and the relevant qualifications attained
  • Opportunity to become part of the largest network of  Habilitation Professionals in the UK
  • To help promote the profession and influence policy
  • Student and graduate networks
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What is Habilitation?

Habilitation involves one-to-one training for children and young people with a vision impairment. Starting from their existing skills, it aims to develop their personal mobility, navigation and independent living skills.

At whatever age the training is started, the overriding goal is to maximise the child or young person’s independence, opening the way in the future, to further study, employment and an independent life.

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About us

Habilitation VI UK are a group of professionals who work with Children & Young People (C&YP) who have a visual impairment.

We have many different titles such as Habilitation Specialists, Rehabilitation Workers, Mobility Officers and O&M Teachers, depending on the context in which we work.

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Parents and Carers

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what is best for your child.  Here you will find information to help you support your child with a vision impairment in achieving their potential in mobility and independence skills.

Habviuk has a public presence on twitter and pinterest as well as open and closed facebook pages.

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TRAINING COURSES TO QUALIFY AS A HABILITATION SPECIALIST

There are now two main entry qualifications into the profession of Habilitation Specialists. If you are coming from outside the field you may like to consider these.

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Latest News

Graphic with text that reads "Do you work with young people with vision impairment? Are you a parent of a young person with vision impairment? My name is Grace and I am a master’s student in Educational Psychology at University College London’s Institute of Education. How can you help?" Research – Experiences of Mental Health and Education in Young People with Vision Impairment”. 14 Jul 2024 My name is Grace Sayers-Mcgowan. I am inviting you to take part in my dissertation research “Experiences of Mental Health and Education in Young People with Vision Impairment”. I am a master’s student at UCL’s Institute of Education, where I am studying Educational Psychology. I come from a teaching background and have worked with children… Continue reading...
The RNIB logo text reads see differently RNIB Course – Getting Started with the CFVI: Sharing Good Practice and Experiences (Part 3) 29 May 2024 Thursday 6th June 2024 - 4–5.30pm You are invited to join us for the next in the series of CFVI focused CPD sessions, Feedback from participants who attended the last two CFVI CPD sessions in November 2023 and February 2024 identified a strong desire for collaborative working and highlighted that the sharing of experiences is… Continue reading...
he image shows the cover of a children's book titled "Sit Tim!" from the Collins Big Cat series. The cover features a colorful illustration set in a park. On the left, there is a man with dark hair, wearing a blue shirt, green suspenders, and blue pants. He is holding a white cane, indicating that he is vision impaired. Next to him is a small brown and white dog with a happy expression. On the right, a young girl with ponytailed brown hair, wearing an orange jumpsuit and light blue shirt, is smiling and looking at the dog. In the background, there are scenes of a park with trees, a pond, and people walking and cycling. The authors' names, Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, along with the illustrator's name, Roman Diaz, are mentioned at the bottom of the cover. Improving the Representation of People with Vision Impairments 26 Apr 2024 HabVIUK and VIEW are really pleased to have worked with Collins publishers to ensure the accuracy of this vision impaired character in one of their new series of phonics books. They're a great long cane user and even has the correct grip! Pick up your copy here Continue reading...

EVENTS

Details on our upcoming events can be found here.

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Suzy McDonald

Treasurer

We would like to welcome all Habilitation Specialists and those students in training, to join our membership.   We are a team of professionals who are very passionate and motivated about the work we do. The executive committee work jointly with partner organisations, universities and stakeholders to strengthen our voice to build a national and equitable programme of habilitation services  within education. As a valued member of HAB VI UK you will be an integral part of our vision to embrace a  cohesive and professional unity that strives to change the lives of children and young people with vision impairment, to help support the families and ensure best practice across the UK.