Coping with visual impairment - Theo's Story

Theo is a ten-year-old boy with a visual impairment.

He does not want to be treated differently because of his disability and doesn't like it when people are being too nice to him.

The youngster talks about how his friends help to look after him, especially when he is being teased or bullied.

Theo uses Braille to help him read and has some big print and magnified pages to help him to learn.

He has developed his other senses so that he can live as full a life as possible.

This clip is from the series Same but Different.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to discuss disabled people and how they might want to be treated.

In what way is Theo's life similar or different to other boys his age? How does Theo feel about the way some people treat him? What do you think about this? How important is friendship for Theo? What do we learn from this clip?

Pupils could write down in their books five main points discussed in class.

Encourage students to investigate about Braille and maybe even learn to read a couple of words.

They could discover the range of medication that children may have to take on a daily basis.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.