My name is Karen Wilson and I am the Education Advocate at Angel eyes NI and on the Family Insight Project.
Prior to this post I worked as a Primary School teacher in Scotland and Spain. On returning home I worked for the Education Authority’s regional Inclusion & Diversity Service. In this role I delivered training and support to all school staff on Intercultural awareness, curriculum access, assessment and inclusivity for newcomer pupils and families.
Over the last three years, through my work at Angel Eyes I have gained extensive knowledge on how children with vision impairment can be best supported on their educational journey. This is information I have acquired both through professional training, and most importantly through parents; the experts on their children’s vision.
I am passionate about the positive role education plays in the social and economic mobility, and wellbeing of all. I advocate on the rights of all children to participate fully in all aspects of school life; to be provided with the necessary support and opportunities to fulfil their potential.
My name is Paula Robson and I am the Early Years Parent Support worker for Angel Eyes NI on the Family Focus Project. I am the mother of two, my youngest is registered severely sight impaired and therefore I have a personal interest in supporting families and their children who have sight loss.
My working career has taken me on a varied journey, working with children of all ages and abilities in educational settings, community-based settings as well as several years self-employed, but early years has always been my passion.
Whilst working in a school setting, I had the opportunity to learn Braille, a skill I am keen to improve on and pass onto others. When I look at anything now I think is that accessible to the tiny inquisitive hands of a tactile learner.
I believe that all children have the right to reach personal goals and achievements facilitated by their parents, guardians or carers. As influential adults to those children in our care we must, if necessary, improve our skills and the only way to do this is to play and learn alongside our children.