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Sensory & Physical Team - Visual Impairment (Inclusive Education Service)

Who are we?

We are a team of qualified teachers of the visually impaired, a qualified teacher of multi-sensory impaired, specialist teaching assistants and mobility officers, who are based in the Nottingham City Inclusive Education Service.

We work closely with your visually impaired child and your family in homes, early years settings and in schools in order for your child to achieve the best they can

What do we do?

  • We can give you and your family information, support and advice about visual impairment and how it affects your child.
  • For pre school children we can work with you and your child at home to help you develop your child’s vision
  • We can help you explore school  and nursery placements for your child
  • We give information, support and advice around visual impairments to schools.
  • We carry out environmental audits to make sure that the school or setting is safe for your child.
  • Carry out functional visual assessments to see how your child is using their vision every day to help you and the school understand your child’s needs
  • We provide specialist teaching to support learning, this may include the use of Low Vision Aids and specialist equipment, Braille, touch typing and mobility.
  • We can talk to other people involved with your child such as the orthoptists and ophthalmologists at the hospital, helping you to understand what they’ve said and passing on any important information
  • We can observe your child in school, then work with and provide training to the school staff to make sure that your child’s needs are met.
  • We can support the school in setting realistic targets for your child, and provide strategies and resources to help them meet their targets.
  • We can help with your child’s move between classes and schools, passing on all the information about your child’s needs and if necessary supporting your child on visits.

Who do we work with?

We can work with you and your child if

  • your child has been identified as having  a significant visual impairment
  • you live in Nottingham City and your child attends a Nottingham City School, or you live outside of Nottingham City but your child attends a city school.

How do we work?

  • We can work with you and your child at home until they are old enough to go to school or nursery.
  • We can work in schools and settings along side your child’s teacher and teaching assistants when they are school age

Who can refer to our service?

Anyone can refer a child to our service.  You can refer your child yourself or referrals can come from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at your child’s school or educational setting or from other professionals working with you or your family.

Who to contact

Telephone
0115 8765340
E-mail
visualimpairmenteducation@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
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