Blind children launch anti-bullying campaign

December 21st, 2010
Blind children launch anti-bullying campaign

A group of blind and partially sighted children have launched a campaign to stop bullying in schools.

The group, backed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind in Scotland, have designed a resource pack called Stop and Stare, which will now be used in schools. The pack contains information about how to help and guide people who are blind or partially sighted, tips for keeping the eyes healthy and information about blindness; there are also testimonials from young people affected by blindness, which explain how losing their sight has affected their lives.

Jonathon Miller, a 19 year old from Bishopbriggs, was involved in the Stop and Stare project; he is also a member of Haggeye, a group which was set up by RNIB Scotland three years ago to represent blind and partially sighted young people. Jonathon was born blind and said the resource pack was a chance to tell other young people about how sight loss affects other people.

Members of Haggeye hold informational sessions and talks in schools to talk to young people about blindness and how it affects young people; the group also talk to young people about how to help blind and partially sighted people. The group has also produced a CD and is now encouraging the government to make more materials and resources available in Braille. The group of young people is making waves in Scotland and doing an amazing job in educating other young people and campaigning for services for people affected by blindness; recently they won a Philip Lawrence Award.

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