What does the service do?
The Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team (DAHIT) is a team of specialist staff, including teachers, communication support workers and deaf instructors, who work to promote the educational inclusion and achievement of children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss.
We support deaf or hearing impaired children from the time of diagnosis to when they leave school or further education. The team works with children in their homes, early years settings, local schools, or further education settings. We conduct assessments and provide advice and training to ensure that families and staff in settings have the knowledge and skills to support the development and achievement of their child or young person. We also provide direct support and teaching to the child or young person as required.
The level of support offered to each child and family is based on the child’s needs in relation to their deafness, their stage of development and the knowledge and support that they have around them. Some children will require support on a weekly (or more) basis for many years while others will be seen far less frequently or only on request from the school or parents.
Who is the service for?
We work with deaf and hearing impaired children both with and without additional special educational needs and disabilities. We work with children who are Multi-Sensory Impaired (MSI) or deafblind i.e. they have an impairment of both hearing and vision.
The service is available to support all children with a diagnosed permanent hearing loss. This does not include children with temporary hearing problems such as glue ear.
How can I start using the service?
Referrals to DAHIT come from Health services at the time of diagnosis. As a parent or carer you will be asked for your consent to this referral to receive support from DAHIT. A teacher of the deaf or other specialist in the team will then contact you as soon as possible.
If you are a parent or carer of a child moving into Leeds who already has a diagnosis of a hearing impairment you can contact us directly on 0113 378 5296 or email us.
SignVideo BSL Live
To make it easier for Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users to access Council services, we have teamed up with SignVideo to provide SignVideo Web Access Points at some of our One Stop Centres and SignVideo Web Access to enable people to use this service from their own home.
Organisations who work to support people with sensory impairments
Action for Blind People: clubs for children
Leeds Deaf Children's Society group
National Deaf Children's Society
RNIB - Supporting people with sight loss