The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has an international reputation for Special Education and offers distance learning programmes in visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment, speech and language impairment, deafness and hearing impairment, learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism as well as full and part time modular programmes in many areas of Special Educational Needs. The visual impairment programmes are well established and have been offered for over 25 years as both full time and part time options.
Tutors on the programme are aligned to the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR). The aims of VICTAR are to:
- undertake social and educational research in the area of visual impairment;
- offer training in the area of visual impairment and education through high quality and relevant professional development programmes;
- disseminate our work to ensure it has positive impact.
Underlying this work is the belief that:
'Through education, through research, and through access to appropriate resources, the barriers to learning and participation that may be experienced by people with visual impairment can be better understood and reduced'.
The Centre is part of a broader Sensory Team and works directly with colleagues in the fields of Deafness and Hearing Impairment, and Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment.