Vision Impairment Team
Great Support
The Vision Impairment Team supports children and young people aged 0-25 years with a vision impairment at home, in early years settings, mainstream and special schools. This support continues throughout school and into further education. This forms part of Staffordshire's Local Offer and is part of the Sensory Team.

Qualified and experienced Specialist Teachers of the Vision Impaired, Mobility Officers, Intervenors (who work with children and young people with sensory impairments with additional needs) and Communication Support Workers (Specialist Teaching Assistants) work in partnership with parents/carers, teachers and other professionals to provide support to each individual.

What we do
Our aim is to provide appropriate support for inclusion. Input is designed to ensure that the specific needs of each individual are met. Careful assessment is made and the level and type of support is reviewed regularly.

Support may include:

visiting homes, pre-school groups, nurseries, schools and colleges
providing advice, information and support to parents/carers and professionals
assess and monitor functional vision
offering training to the setting
assessing and monitoring functional vision
providing advice for teachers and parents/carers on access to the curriculum in mainstream and special schools
teaching of specialist skills: e.g. Braille or Moon
assessment of the need for specialist equipment and training in its use
mobility assessment and life skill training
ICT advice and touch typing training
training in the use of low vision aids
specialist advise to Local Authority as part of any assessment process such as Education Health and Care Plans
provide opportunities for sensory impaired C&YP to access activities and to meet to together

How can I access the service?
We accept referrals primarily from health agencies but also from parents/carers, schools and other agencies but always with reference to medial advice regarding vision loss.
Contact Details
Specialist Support Service - Vision Impairment Tea (01785 356830)
2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, ST162DH

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