We are a team of Specialist Teachers and Habilitation Specialist (VI) who work to improve outcomes for children and young people with visual impairment, hearing impairment and multi-sensory impairment (deafblindness) in Lewisham. The service focuses on educational inclusion and achievement alongside independence and preparation for adulthood.
We work with children and young people with sensory impairment from aged 0 to 25, from the time of diagnosis or referral. We work with all educational settings to support access to the curriculum and promote independent learning. Depending upon the needs of the individual pupil, the service will provide any or all of the following:
- assessment of the pupil’s sensory functioning and its impact on learning
- training and advice for settings and families on how to meet the sensory needs and maximise learning, independence and wellbeing
- ongoing monitoring, challenge and support to the setting as the child grows up and develops
- direct teaching to some pupils of skills and strategies to help them achieve good outcomes; e.g. improve visual skills, use of technology, Braille, listening & language, sign language etc.
- facilitate curriculum access support through e.g. BSL interpretation, Braille and large print production etc.
- signposting to other services and support
How to access the service
We accept referrals from health professionals, e.g. NHS audiologists and eye clinics, as well as directly from educational settings and families. We would advise, however, that parents seek advice from an optometrist or a GP if a diagnosis of hearing/vision impairment has not already been made. Following the referral, the service will then contact the family and the school to arrange a visit and assessment if appropriate.