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GOC publishes guidance for students with disabilities

28 Jul 2011

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published new guidance for students, and potential students, with disabilities who wish to become an optician.

The GOC, which regulates optometrists and dispensing opticians, has provided information on what students can expect during their application and studies, the role and responsibilities of their training institution and the role of the GOC.

The Council is keen to stress that disabilities and health conditions should not prevent people from considering careers in optics.

GOC Head of Education and Standards, Linda Kennaugh said: “We hope this guidance will prove useful for all students, and potential students, with a disability or health condition.

“We know from our recent equality and diversity survey that many of our registrants have disabilities and it should not deter anyone who wishes to become an optometrist or dispensing optician. There is no list of conditions that automatically render someone unfit to practise the professions and adjustments can often be made to help people with disabilities, both in education and the workplace.

“Anyone considering a career in optics who has a disability or health condition should consult our new guidance and then get in touch if they have any further queries.”

The GOC worked with its Stakeholder Reference Groups to ensure public and professional input into the guidance. The Council has sent it to all training institutions which run GOC-regulated courses, as well as disability charities.

The guidance can be downloaded from the GOC website at, or for paper copies telephone 020 7580 3898 and select option four.


For press enquiries, please contact:

Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
020 7307 3473

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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