NI: Children’s Law Centre helping to empower visually impaired children and young people
The Children’s Law Centre (CLC) has teamed up with charity Angel Eyes NI to empower visually impaired children and young people to access equal education, advocate for their rights and influence decision makers.
The new collaborative EqualEyes project, which will provide expert-led workshops to 125 children and young people, as well as their parents and carers, is being funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Sara McCracken, CEO of Angel Eyes, said: “We are excited about this partnership project bringing together expertise on the impact of visual impairment in education and knowledge of the legislation that protects the rights of children.
“The EqualEyes project will provide expert led support, education and information to ensure children with a visual impairment get the help they need to access the curriculum and give a platform to those with lived experience, so they can influence decisions.”
CLC director Paddy Kelly added: “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes the right for every child to freely express their views in all matters affecting them, including education.
“For this to be meaningful, children and young people must be aware of the rights and resources available to them. They must also have the tools and opportunities to influence people making the decisions at all levels, from classroom assistants to politicians.”