Vision Impairment

Vision Impairment Team

Support for children with a Vision Impairment

  • The team of Specialist Teachers and Specialist Support Assistants work with Children and Young People 0 to 25 years with or without Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in homes, mainstream schools (maintained and academies), some non-maintained nurseries, some specialist provision and in some colleges.

Who the service provides for

  • The team support children, young people and their families.
  • Support is provided for children who have been diagnosed with a vision impairment.

How the service is accessed

  • Referrals are from ophthalmology departments or from relevant medical professionals following the diagnosis.

Support may include

  • Support with parents / carers / settings / schools to help them understand the implications of a vision impairment
  • Help to develop a child’s auditory and tactile skills
  • Help to explain medical information and liaise with ophthalmology
  • Monitor and record progress with written reports as necessary
  • Contribute to annual review, review meetings and multi-professional meetings
  • Loan of specialist equipment as appropriate
  • Provide training and advice on maintenance and management of specialist equipment
  • Input into SEN support plans
  • Carry out site assessments to advise on safe access
  • Work with the child/young person as appropriate
  • Support to promote mobility and independence
  • Liaise with other professional services and agencies
  • Advice and support at setting/school transfer
  • Advice on classroom management strategies
  • Support to ensure access to the curriculum
  • Observe in the classroom to support and inform inclusive practice
  • Work closely with the class teachers to assess children's educational needs

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