AmberPlus is a scheme that supports families to engage in musical activities and games with their blind or partially sighted child or young person. The Amber Trust set up AmberPlus because music is particularly important for children who are visually impaired and who have other sensory or physical disabilities, helping them bond with parents and carers, assisting them in developing language and finding out about the world around, and, above all, having fun!
AmberPlus has two elements. The first is access to freely available resources that can be viewed online or downloaded. The second is the AmberPlus Music Awards scheme, available to families in the UK who have a visually impaired child over the age of five who has complex needs. Families accepted on to the scheme will be given a set of Tuning In activity cards, a Tuning In songbook and will receive termly visits from a specially trained practitioner at home or at school, who will show parents, teachers and siblings musical activities that promote learning, development and wellbeing.
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Songs composed by Adam Ockelford, performed by Hannah Davey (female vocals), Nick Ingram (male vocals) and arranged and produced by Jon Cohen.
Materials written by Adam Ockelford, based on research undertaken for The Amber Trust by the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton. Research team: Adam Ockelford and Elizabeth Nightingale.