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Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Sensory Impairment Service - Visual Impairment Service

Type of service:
Schools And Education Providers
Middleton Building, Delapre Learning Centre, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8EN
Telephone number:
01604 368500
Service description:
The Visual Impairment Service work with all children who have a visual impairment, supporting the work of the school in enabling these pupils to achieve their full potential.

We also work in the home with pre-school children or in their Early Years setting.

Support for pupils
We teach the skills necessary to enable the child or young person to fully access the curriculum including Braille and touch typing, and provide some adapted resources and advice on IT equipment. We attend reviews and monitor progress with ongoing assessment.

Support for parents
We work very closely with parents and involve them at all stages. Parents are actively involved in the necessary observation and assessment of a pre-school child, and in any subsequent programmes. Our Mobility Officer also works with parents of pre-school children. In addition, we provide weekly Braille classes for parents.

Support for schools
We work with teachers to provide support and advice for enabling the pupil to fully access the curriculum and how to enable the pupil to be fully involved with the broader activities the school offers. We also provide IT support for pupils' equipment.

We attend annual reviews and also offer whole school training on issues around visual impairment.

Additional support

Little Dandelions
Little Dandelions is a gardening club run for children with a visual impairment. It takes place at Manor Farm, Mears Ashby on a Tuesday afternoon in the school holidays.

Toy library
We have a range of toys, books and Story Bags available for pre-school children. These can be borrowed on a monthly basis and advice can be given on how to fully use them to help with your child's development.

Twinkle Time
A sensory music session for children with visual impairment. A fortnightly session for pre school children accompanied by parents/carers, run alternately in the north and south of the County.
Age range:
0 - 19 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Visual Impairment
Referral route:
  • Request From Ophthalmologist
  • Request From Parents
  • Request From Professional Working Closely With Family
  • Request From Senco
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Updated budget timeline 2018/19

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