Specialist teaching of visual impairment maximises the potential of children and young people with visual impairment. Our specialist teachers identify and address learning needs of children and young people with visual impairment to provide a responsive service.
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Children and young people with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.
SEND code of practice, 2015
Our specialist visual impairment teachers provide a broad range of services to education settings and organisations, including:
Our specialist teachers take an individualised approach as visual impairment impacts individuals in varying degrees.
Our specialist visual impairment teachers provide interventions and groups on the following areas:
Interventions and groups are bespoke according to identified needs, so if an intervention is required which is not listed above then please get in touch and talk to a member of our team.
Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.
[Education settings] must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that disabled children and young people are not at a substantial disadvantage compared with their peers. This duty is anticipatory – it requires thought to be given in advance to what disabled children and young people might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage
SEND code of practice (2015)
Our specialist visual impairment teachers provide bespoke consultancy and whole school services to education settings and organisations. Examples of consultancy and whole school work we offer include:
In addition to whole school work, our consultancy services are available on an individual and group level. To find out more about our consultancy and whole school services in relation to visual impairment please get in touch and talk to a member of our team.
Our visual impairment specialist teachers offer a broad range of set training, including:
Our specialist teachers also provide bespoke training to suit each education setting and organisation. We also run external CPD events by our education and health professionals throughout the year.
Our training is available on and off site for education settings and organisations in relation to health, psychology and education.
We work with children and young people, aged 0-25, with all levels of visual impairment, including those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
There are many benefits to using our specialist visual impairment teachers as they:
We support each individual student, staff member, and education setting in creating an inclusive, positive environment that maximises potential, wellbeing, and progress.
Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.
Our specialist teachers help identify and address visual impairment needs through effective screening, assessments, and increasing awareness. We support the needs of children, young people and staff by being a flexible, reliable and solution focused education and health service.
Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.
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