Gwyneth McCormack is an Educational Consultant for Positive Eye Ltd. She is based in the UK and is at the forefront of holding training programmes that empower organisations and practitioners across the UK and Europe about how to deal with the educational needs of children or young people with a visual impairment.
In this audio clip National Conference on Visually Impaired Children and Young People 2015 – Gwyneth McCormack, delivered to over 78 different organisations and 200 delegates in Scotland last month, Gwyn shares some of the valuable insights and nuggets she has gathered over the past two decades.
The subject of her talk focusses on confidence development, promoting self esteem, having a positive outlook, enabling young people to feel better about themselves and visual impairment.
I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of you in the groups on Facebook and have heard some of your concerns.
This speech by Gwyn is just as relevant to you, as parents or guardians, as it is to practitioners and organisations tasked with the education of children or young people with a visual impairment.
An indulgent but brief examination of the content of her speech below illustrates the thrust of her work, as she illustrates:
“You will all no doubt have experienced first hand the negative impact that visual impairment can have on a child or a young person on becoming a successful learner, a confident individual, an effective contributor and a responsible citizen.
“They might have experienced negative attitudes, low expectations, prejudice and misconceptions from family, from friends, from school and the local community. And later from employees and wider society…
“An integral role, and a core role, and at the heart of all that we do, is our responsibility to help that child or young person, and the family to develop a positive approach to be sight impaired.
“A secondary and equally important role is to support those around the child and family to also develop a positive approach. But to do this, we have to change perceptions and attitudes, to create a deeper awareness and understanding of the ultimate capabilities of a person with sight impairment.”
I believe that the core of the paragraphs above show why this speech is relevant to anyone who is in regular contact with a child or young person with a visual impairment if we are determined to address the issues identified in Gwyn’s speech.
Gwyn, as she likes to be known, provides pointers in this speech and others, plus her training conferences on how to develop confidence in children or young people who happen to have a visual impairment.
She has over 20 years experience in this field. We have attended several of her training conferences and they are great opportunities to learn more, meet like minded practitioners and network with other organisations and professionals in our field.
I personally recommend them from personal experience. They are worth it.
Her style of training is creative, hands on, interactive and practical. Her advice is straightforward and makes common sense.
Please listen to her speech and share it with your friends and followers on social media or via email.