Visual Education Service
Our Visual Education Service support visually impaired children and young people.
We work with parents, carers, teachers and school staff to ensure the curriculum is delivered.
What do we do?
- Provide information, practical support and advice
- Assess functional vision levels
- Undertake home visits of pre-school children
- Work supportively with parents and staff in early years settings
- Provide direct teaching input in key skill areas – training in the use of low vision aids, technology, Braille, touch typing and other differentiated materials
- Adapt the curriculum to the needs of each individual child and provide classroom support as appropriate
- Provide appropriate adapted materials and equipment for students
- Monitor pupil progress, attend review meetings and provide reports
- Give advice and recommendations for special exam arrangements, e.g. enlarged print, extra time, adapted papers
- Provide training in visual awareness for staff, pupils and other professionals
- Liaise with other agencies and professionals, such as opthamology, NHS, North East Sensory Services (NESS) and Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Most of our referrals come from health professionals, parents/carers or your child’s school.