Multi sensory impairment (sometimes called dual sensory impairment or deafblindness) is a combination of impairments of vision and hearing that can affect an individual’s communication, access to information and mobility. Although most people with multi-sensory impairment have useful residual senses, either vision or hearing or both, the combination of impairments of vision and hearing can cause far more difficulty than might be expected from the impact of each separately.
Our advisory teacher for multi-sensory impairment works closely with the visual impairment team and hearing impairment team to support children and young people (0 to 25) with multi sensory impairment. We offer guidance, advice and support to schools and families in order to maximise opportunities for learning and inclusion so that children and young people with a multi-sensory impairment can achieve their potential.
Our support may include:
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 and severity of their multi sensory impairment.
A referral can be made by health professionals. schools or a parent.
Sensory Intervention (Education)
Children and Young People's Services
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre 4E/04
Voluntary organisations who support multi sensory impaired children, young people and their families:Last reviewed: 23/10/2017
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