MP for Portsmouth Stephen Morgan supports charity Guide Dogs’ All Things Equal campaign

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At a parliamentary event hosted by the charity, Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, met with families to talk about the challenges children face in the education system.

The MP said: ‘It was a pleasure to join the Guide Dogs charity, families and dogs to hear about their All Things Equal campaign in Parliament this week.

“80% of our learning happens through sight and that’s why visually impaired children in Portsmouth and across the country need specialist support and services.

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Guide dogs help some of the 360,000 registered blind people in the UK.

“Yet too often children with low vision don’t get the adjustments they need. I will continue to speak out in Parliament to ensure the support that visually impaired children need.

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Recent research conducted for guide dogs found that 69% of teachers are not confident they have the skills needed to help children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, reach their full potential.

Blanche Shackleton, Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “Children and young people with visual impairment tell us that they want to grow up enjoying the same opportunities as their classmates. But too often, they are abandoned by the education system which does not give them the support they need.

“We know that the lack of support during childhood can have a huge impact. Only one in four adults of working age with a visual impairment is employed.

“That’s why we’re calling on the government to make all things equal for visually impaired children and young people, so they have access to the support they need.”

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