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Visual impairment

The Team

Who we are

The team is made up of a range of specialists who can provide advice, guidance and support for individuals around a child or young person with a visual impairment. We  work with Children and Young People from birth to 25 years, with or without Education Health Care Plans in their homes, Early Years settings and we continue to work with them through their schools and colleges.

What we do

We recognise that effective early intervention can greatly reduce difficulties that might arise from a visual impairment and is vital in helping children to develop their potential for learning and independence. Support is provided through visiting the child or young person in their home, educational or clinic setting.

Support we offer

For families with preschool/ younger children

Our support may include:

  • home visits to develop vision in preschool children
  • offering ideas and suggestions and suitable toys and games for children with a sensory impairment
  • provide information about the visual diagnosis
  • working alongside parents and carers to develop specific skills, for example, helping a VI child to learn to play using their other senses
  • supporting a child's transition to pre school/school
  • advice towards ‘My Support Plan’ and requests for Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
  • work with parents to track and assess a child's developmental progress and help set goals through the use of the Developmental Journal for Children with Visual Impairment.

For schools and education settings

Support may include:

  • advice and support for transition into and between educational settings and advice on managing the learning environment
  • provide parent workshops, advice, teaching and training for pupils, parents, other professionals and schools
  • support with home/school liaison
  • working with child/young person to teach strategies to assist  with access to the curriculum
  • classroom observation to assess, support and inform inclusive practice, monitoring and recording progress
  • support to ensure access to the curriculum including the adaption of teaching materials
  • Functional Vision Assessments
  • support schools with exam and access arrangements and work experience
  • contributing to planning meetings, Annual Reviews and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • provide training and advice on maintenance and management of specialist equipment
  • support to promote mobility and independence training in schools
  • teaching Braille
  • support is given throughout the primary and secondary phase of education. This can continue if the young person remains in further education up to the age of 25.

Contact us


We operate an open referral policy. Once a referral is received the case is discussed by the team to determine whether it is accepted.  Levels of support offered to individual children and young people will be guided by the nature & severity of their visual impairment. One of our team will visit your home or arrange to meet you and talk to you about any support or equipment that you may need.

A referral can be made by health professionals, schools or a parent.

Contact details :

Sensory Intervention Visual impairment

Children and Young People's Services

London Borough of Hillingdon

Civic Centre 4E/04

High Street



01895 556633

Further support

Voluntary organisations who support visually impaired  children, young people and their families:

Last reviewed: 23/10/2017

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