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OFFICIAL The Developmental Journal for babies and young children with visual impairment (DJVI) early intervention materials for professional use with babies and young children with visual impairment and their families.  This is intended for licensed usage by healthcare professionals and related specialists. It replaces all previous unlicensed versions of the Developmental Journal which have been available and in circulation. 

Early vision and general development is vulnerable in children with visual impairment in the early years. Early intervention is critical for ensuring optimal visual and developmental progress. The Developmental Journal for babies and young children was developed by clinicians and clinical researchers from the Developmental Vision Programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health (main authors Dr Alison Salt and Dr Naomi Dale). In 2005 it was commissioned by the English central government to be disseminated as the national early intervention framework for children with visual impairment and their families and has been scientifically proven for effectiveness in 2019 (Dale et al., 2019).

The DJVI is a systematic framework tracking developmental and vision progress from birth to three years of age (or equivalent developmental age). It aims to:

  • help parents and practitioners track and understand the child’s achievements, progress and development;
  • support goal setting and guidance to promote vision and general development;
  • support interdisciplinary and interagency working;
  • support information sharing between parents and the practitioners they meet;
  • identify areas of difficulty early where more help would be useful.

Who is this for?

The DJVI is designed to be used, in partnership with parents, by qualified clinicians and specialist professionals working in services providing support to babies and young children with visual impairment and their parents.

Licensed usage

The licence fee offers 10 licence ‘seats’. This means one licence gives an organisation rights for a maximum of 10 practitioners to use the DJVI. Any organisation requiring more licence seats will need to purchase additional licences in proportion to the number of seats required.

The applicant for license requires an institutional email address. The license provides access for the named license holder to the digital version of the DJVI and its usage.The license holder may download a full copy of the DJVI for the parent under their care for ‘partnership’ usage only. At the end of this period of care, the parent is permitted to retain their own copy of the Developmental Journal booklets and Vision Record only as their child’s record. The parent is not permitted to photocopy or give the DJVI materials or Journal booklets to any other party. (Refer to license for conditions of usage).

Parents should contact their local visual impairment services for further information about how they can access support. They can also access additional information about services for children with visual impairment at

This version of the DJVI is the most up to date. The second edition of the DJVI is coming later in the year; all license holders will receive the second edition materials automatically and will be informed of their availability under their licence arrangements.

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Developmental Journal Babies Visual Impairment (DJVI) OFFICIAL

Developmental Journal for Babies and Young Children with Visual Impairment (DJVI) for Professional Use OFFICIAL

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DJVI Copyright Licence 1.00

For not-for-profit organisations and professional use only.

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Further details
Term: perpetual (does not require renewal)
Seats: 1 - 10 seats

Price excl. VAT: £100.00

For not-for-profit organisations and professional use only. If more than 10 licence seats are required, please purchase additional licences in proportion to the number of seats required. This can be done at checkout.