Creating the future commission

There are around 35,000 children and young people living with sight loss  in the UK. 80% of a child’s learning takes place using vision, so it is vital that they receive specialist support so they can learn different strategies to gain the same mobility and independence skills of their sighted peers. Every day they go without support can affect their development.

Access to specialist support is vital, but the situation today is inconsistent with different experiences of support and services in different parts of the country. This is why Guide Dogs is setting up our Creating the Future Commission.  

We believe there should be a consistent and ambitious pathway to support children with sight loss across the UK from the point of diagnosis through to their transition to adulthood. Every young person should be able to access the support needed to pursue their ambitions and achieve their full potential. 

If we hadn’t had that early support, then really I don’t feel like my child wouldn’t be at the point she is now. The early support is going to help her grow up to be an independent adult who is blind, and ultimately I think that is a goal for every parent.” 
- parent of a child with sight loss. 

We are working for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live the life they choose. That starts with making childhood equal for children young people with sight loss. 


Young people with sight loss and their families will drive this work, and they are joined on the commission by professionals, sector experts and policy makers. 


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