Visual Impairment Service

VisionThe Visual Impairment Service consists of specially trained teachers of visual impairment and support staff. We work with families, early years settings and schools to support children with a visual impairment aged 0-25.

We can offer:

  • Advice and support to young people with a visual impairment (VI), their parents and teachers
  • Functional Vision Assessments (FVA) within educational or home environments
  • Direct support in accessing the curriculum
  • A weekly adaptation service to provide books, worksheets etc in accessible formats
  • INSET for schools, nurseries etc about specific eye conditions, general VI awareness, classroom management, 'Patching' regimes etc
  • Environmental Audits of your premises to suggest how you could become more vision-friendly
  • Written reports in support of external examination special requirements
  • Technical advice on specialist equipment
  • Differing levels of support dependant on the child’s visual needs

We will visit your child at home or in school to assess their individual visual needs.

We make sure that your child’s work is adapted to allow them access to the curriculum and we can recommend resources they might need to succeed in school, including training in the use of relevant technology.

We will give your child individual support if required and work closely with school staff and parents to make sure your child’s visual and related emotional needs are met.

If necessary, we will teach your child Braille and ensure that any special arrangements required for external exams are in place.

Our Mobility Officer can provide training in safe travel and life skills both in school and the local environment.

Please find below useful documents for you and your child: 

Pre- braille skills

Accessible literature links

RNIB Bookshare

https://www.rnibbookshare.org/cms/accessible-learning-home-learners-print-disability

National Accessible Library

http://www.accessiblelibrary.org.uk/what-we-do/

Free audio stories for children of all ages

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Lots of resources and free borrow box

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/

Music

Fun music making apps, websites and links to funding: 

Amber Music Award – apply for music lessons, one-off events or the purchase of instruments or software

https://www.ambertrust.org/who-can-apply/ 

Learning Synths is a fun interactive music website https://learningsynths.ableton.com/ 

Learning Music is a fun and interactive site allowing experimentation with beats and sounds whilst learning about melodies and musical patterns. In these music lessons, you will learn the basics of music making 

https://learningmusic.ableton.com/ 

In Chrome Music Lab experiment with sound, rhythm, melody and more                                                                https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/

A simple and colourful musical keyboard that you can play with your face, body, mouse or keys (requires Google Chrome) https://creatability.withgoogle.com/keyboard/ 

Little Amber was created to give practical help to parents of blind babies. It has 48 specially designed fun and colourful activity cards to help you engage with your child

https://www.ambertrust.org/littleamber/app/ 

For partially sighted children with profound and multiple disabilities https://ambertrust.org/amberplus/app/

Other Useful links

Royal National Institute of Blind People

https://www.rnib.org.uk

helpline@rnib.org.uk. 

The Royal Blind Society

http://royalblindsociety.org 

Positive Eye Ltd

https://www.positiveeye.co.uk/general-news/activity-shares-for-families-and-professionals-covoid19/   

Blind Children’s Society

www.blindchildren.org.uk  

Henshaws Society for Blind People

liverpool@henshaws.org.uk 

Touch Typing Club Programme

https://www.typingclub.com/  

Nessy Touch Typing

https://www.nessy.com/uk/

 

Please find below useful documents to help you support families: 

Teaching Pre-Braille Skills

Modifying Exam Papers 

How to make a referral to our service

Referral form

Send a referral to:

schoolageteam@sthelens.gov.uk

Next steps into adulthood

Adult services for Visual Impairment

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/visualimpairment

 

Brian McManus / Carole Hughes

Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Children's Disability Service

Newton Children's Centre

Patterson Street

Newton-le-Willows

St Helens      

WA12 9PZ

Telephone: 01744 673135

E-mail: schoolageteam@sthelens.gov.uk

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The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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