What we do

Our Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) support any child or young person (0-25) with a significant sight impairment that is not correctable by glasses. 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 visual impairment can achieve their potential.

We do this by:

  • visiting pre-school children at home and providing early support and advice to parents and carers
  • advising teachers and other professionals within schools, nursery and pre-school settings
  • carrying out assessments, including specialist technology assessments and providing some equipment
  • providing training and support in the production of braille and modified large print
  • providing mobility training where relevant
  • supporting children, parents/carers and schools throughout transitions
  • providing relevant information to families on the educational options available in order for them to make informed choices
  • providing information about sources of support and relevant organisations, including parent groups and extra-curricular activities
  • encouraging and promoting positive attitudes towards children and young people with a visual impairment within the school environment and local communities
  • encouraging the development of a positive self-image in children and young people with visual impairments

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 visual impairment, according to the NatSIP criteria.  Parents and settings are then informed of the decision.