Who we are...
The Visual Impairment Service including Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)/Deafblindness is part of the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team at Hackney Learning Trust.
The team consists of:
- Two Qualified Teachers for Visual Impairment (QTVI)
- One Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment and Multi-Sensory Impairment (QTVI/MSI)
- A Habilitation/Mobility Specialist
- A Specialist Portage Worker for Sensory Impairment
What we do...
Members of the Visual Impairment Service advise and support parents/carers and children at home from diagnosis and continue to monitor children’s progress when they enter early years settings and throughout school.
They contribute to transition plans at important stages in the children’s education including advice on transition to further education.
The role of the team can include:
- supporting families at home after diagnosis
- advising on toys, play and resources
- giving information on school placements - mainstream schools, resource bases in mainstream schools, specialist schools
- liaising with medical professionals
- advising schools and settings on how to include visually impaired children
- supporting children and young people in their learning
- monitoring placements
- contributing to planning and reviews, including reports
Children and Young People with Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)/Deafblindness
This is the service to children and young people with MSI/Deafblindness and sits within the Visual Impairment Service, one of whose teachers is a qualified MSI teacher.
- Assessment of the child’s needs as a deafblind/MSI learner
- Advice to schools on including deafblind/MSI children and their specialist curriculum requirements
- Support for intervenors in school settings
- Environmental assessments for deafblind/MSI learners
- Support and advice to families in communicating with their child and supporting their child’s development
- In service training to teachers and professionals providing services to deafblind/MSI children and young people.
- Contribution to planning and reviews, including reports
- Deafblind Guidance Assessments as part of an overall social care assessment
Elective Home Education (EHE) Visual Impairment (VI) Team guidance Oct 2019
If a parent/carer elects (decides) to educate their child at home, they take on responsibility for their child’s education. If this is a choice you are making it is advisable to register for EHE once the child reaches compulsory school age - the term after their 5th birthday. Full details of this process are described in: Hackney Learning Trust’s Elective Home Education (EHE) Policy
The VI team will monitor the home provision with a termly or annual visit, depending on the nature and extent of sensory impairment
If the child has an EHC Plan, a personal budget can be requested from the EHC Planning Team. A timetable of education activities, with the costs, must be provided. This will be considered by the EHCP Panel or the EHCP Management Team who make the final decision whether to agree the personal budget or not.
If the education/provision delivered is not considered to be suitable, attendance procedures will be applied.
Record Last Updated on: 27/02/2020