A COMPUTER camp for the visually impaired has been hailed a huge success by a Hereford college.

The internationally recognised Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) hosted an International Communication and Computers camp at its specialist facilities in Hereford.

The 150-year-old college is the last remaining college that provides specialist support for those with visual impairments post-16.

Statistics have shown that around 38% of 16 to 25-year olds with a visual impairment are not in education, employment or training.

And with many visually impaired young people suffering from a deterioration in sight during their teenage years, preparation and specialist intervention is needed to help develop independent living skills and ways to become employable and active in their communities.

The event saw 64 young people aged 16 to 22 and from 17 different countries travel to Hereford to learn about assistive technology and to increase their ICT skills.

Organised by charity Visually Impaired Children Taking Action, it included workshops run by international experts in assistive technology and aimed to equip young people with the skills to manage real-life situations with ICT.

Workshops focused on a range of topics which included study skills, job searching, animal care, supported mobility and introductions to the latest technology.

The camp also gave the attendees the opportunity to engage with other young people from across the world.

Lucy Proctor, Charity CEO of the RNC, said: "It was terrific seeing so many young people at the computer camp and we were delighted to host such an important event.

“Many young people with visual impairment experience; a deterioration in their sight in their teenage years and ICT skills are crucial for their independent living in adult life.”

Ben, a 17 year old camp attendee from Germany said: “The camp has taught me a lot more about the equipment that is available for people with a visual impairment. It is interesting to learn about what other countries use and how people cope in different situations.”