Vision Impairment

Aims

We are an educational peripatetic service providing support to children who have a significant vision impairment in Darlington.

The primary aim of the Service is to provide appropriate and effective educational support to children and young people with a vision impairment from 0 to 19 years, in order to raise achievement and overcome barriers to learning, through early identification of need.

The Service aims to work in collaboration with teachers, support staff and all other relevant agencies to promote and support inclusive practices and to ensure that children and young people with a vision impairment have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

What does the service do?

  • Assessment of how the pupil uses their vision at home or educational setting. (Functional Vision Assessment).
  • Advice to parents and the educational setting about the best conditions for learning.
  • Support and advice on the use of specialist equipment.
  • Advice and training in accessing ICT and specialist software.
  • Training and advice on the adaptation of learning materials.
  • Information on access arrangements for exams.
  • Provide information, advice and training to parents, nursery, school or college staff.
  • Deliver specialist teaching and support to children with a severe vision impairment e.g. Braille and touch typing.
  • To liaise with other professionals in Education, Health, Social Care and voluntary organisations.
  • Develop a support network by providing group social activities for children and their families.
Braille networking days

 

Referrals

The Service has an open referral system. Referrals can be made by parents, education settings, health visitors, general practitioners, opticians, orthoptists and ophthalmologist.

Level of Support

The level of support offered to each child and family is based on the child’s needs in relation to their level of vision, their stage of development and the knowledge and support that they have around them.  We use the NATSIP (National Sensory Impairment Partnership) eligibility criteria to determine support levels. The support categories are:

  • Advice –  twice yearly or annual visits
  • Monitor – half termly/termly or block intervention
  • Support – weekly
  • Support Plus – this can 2 hours or more a week

Information Booklet

For more information please CLICK HERE to download our booklet or contact Jenny Hill via jhill@hurworthprimary.com.

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