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Support for your child and/or young person from visual impairment support service
Children and young people
- We help children and young people to understand their visual loss.
- We support their use of assistive technology and low-vision aids.
- We support reading via accessible books in large print or Braille.
- We support independent mobility skills.
- We provide opportunities to meet visually-impaired peers and other role models.
- We support the social and emotional wellbeing of visually-impaired children and young people.
Families and carers
- We support carers to understand their child’s visual loss and its implications.
- We model play activities and suggest accessible books and toys.
- We provide information on eye conditions, support groups and social events.
- We liaise with professionals from health, social care, education and the voluntary sectors.
- We support transitions into playgroups, early years settings, schools and colleges.
- We remain in close contact with parents and carers throughout their child’s education.
- We support families with statutory assessments.
Settings and schools
- We advise on the implications of visual impairment and suggest strategies to help.
- We support the use of assistive technology to ensure access to the curriculum.
- We teach specialist skills such as Braille and touch typing.
- We adapt visual curriculum materials into large print, Braille and Moon.
- We suggest adaptations to make the school environment accessible.
- We provide individual mobility lessons to develop independent travel skills.
- We contribute to education, health and care plans (EHCPs) and annual reviews.
- We support transitions into and between schools and key stages.
- We support the social and emotional wellbeing of visually-impaired pupils.