What does the service do?
The Visual Impairment Team (VIT) is a team of specialist staff who work to promote the educational inclusion and achievement of children and young people with visual impairment. We support children with visual impairment 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 with a visual impairment. We also provide direct support and teaching to the child as appropriate including specialist skills such as Braille, touch typing, use of Low Vision Aids, improved use of functional vision, and mobility and independence skills.
The level of support offered to each child and family is based on the child’s needs in relation to their visual impairment, 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 visually 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 visual impairment that affects their learning. This does not include children whose vision is successfully corrected to normal through the use of glasses.
How can I start using the service?
Referrals to VIT often come from Health services at the time of diagnosis or from educational staff if they have a concern about a child’s vision. Parental consent is required for us to deal with any referral. You can also self refer your child
If you are a parent or carer of a child with visual impairment moving into Leeds you can contact us directly on 0113 378 5296.