What do we do?
The Vision Support Team work with children and young people and their families to ensure they have access to everyday learning opportunities in a wide range of settings. This includes homes, nurseries, schools and colleges, alongside children and young people of a similar age. Individualised programmes, specialist teaching and support is given, appropriate to their need, as part of a graduated approach to ensure inclusion in the community and social and emotional wellbeing.
Early help assessments are initiated and supported by the team as appropriate.
How to access our service?
We have an open referral system. The team accept referrals from parents / carers and professionals. After a child/young person is identified as having a visual impairment and parental consent is given, the Vision Support Team becomes involved.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have concerns or queries relating to visual impairment.
Contact us by email, letter or telephone, providing us with details of your concern, the child’s name, date of birth and contact details.
An initial visit will be made by a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Following a visual assessment, and using national criteria for involvement, we will then inform you of our next step.
In many cases, some basic recommendations are all that is required to ensure the child or young person has continued access to learning. Others may require specialist approaches towards teaching and learning, and will need on-going support with specialist programmes and monitoring visits.
Support provided to children, young people and families
Support in the home can be provided for pre-school children and their families. We delivery specialist programmes by qualified and experienced staff and we offer training for parents, siblings and other family members as appropriate.
We hold monthly support groups for parents and arrange social activities for families.
Support provided to schools, settings and other agencies
We provide Functional Visual Assessments and information regarding visual conditions and their implications for learning. We make basic recommendations regarding visual management to ensure effective and on-going access to learning for the children and young people.
We make recommendations regarding purchasing and the use of specialist equipment and we can offer advice regarding the modification of work and access to examinations.
We deliver specialist teaching sessions; including Tactile Literacy, ICT and Habilitation. We undertake Access Audits and offer support from Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Specialist Support Workers and Qualified Habilitation Specialists, as deemed appropriate by ourselves.
We provide habilitation assessment training, guidance and support to children and young people (0-25) with visual impairments.
Habilitation refers to the teaching of Mobility and Orientation and Independent Living Skills. The training aims to develop skills, knowledge and attitude for safer travelling and encourage greater independence for a child or young person with a visual impairment.
Visual impairments vary and the impact it may have on a child or young person accessing their physical environment will also vary. Therefore, the habilitation programme and training is developed in consultation with the child or young person and all persons who may be involved with their support, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.
Further useful information:
- Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) -is a charity dedicated to offering practical and emotional support to those that need it. Call: 0303 123 9999
- Unified English Braille (UEB) – UEB online is a training programme for sighted people to learn Unified English Braille (UEB). The programme is suitable for classroom and specialist teachers, parents, teachers aides and other professionals supporting children and adults with vision impairment.
Vision Support Team
Brumby Learning Centre
Grange Lane North
Tel: 01724 407988
Monday – Friday, approx 9am to 5pm, during school term time only.