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The Visual Impairment (VI) Service

The Visual Impairment Service for Children and Young People

The Visual Impairment Service consists of Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Specialist Teaching Assistants, Intervenor, Mobility Instructor, Touch Typist/ICT Tutor and Resources Co-ordinator.

What is visual impairment?

A condition that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses and which may have an impact on the child’s development and/or learning

What do we do?

  • Advise and give information to parents and teachers: give advice on visual conditions, classroom management, risk assessments, environmental audits, access arrangements for examinations, transition phases
  • Teach and support children with a visual impairment
  • Specialist teaching of Braille, Moon and access technology
  • Ongoing assessment of functional vision
  • Support and advice on the use of specialist equipment and training in the use of low vision devices such as magnifiers and electronic video magnifiers
  • Prepare and provide enlarged/modified learning materials, Braille/Moon/tactile materials, auditory resources
  • Deliver training about raising awareness of visual impairment in a variety of settings such as nurseries/pre-schools, schools and colleges (by request only)
  • Promote independence by providing training in mobility skills and daily living skill’s programmes
  • Teach touch typing skills
  • Training, co-ordination and deployment of specialist teaching assistants
  • Collaborative work with families, professionals and other agencies
  • Attend and contribute to statutory assessment, annual reviews, individual education plans

Baby and Toddler Play Group – sessions held monthly (usually last Friday in every month)

10.00am – 12.00pm at the Children and Families Centre, Forge Road, Stourbridge DY8 1XF

Other activities and trips

Photographs of children at a variety of trips/events organised by the Service.

Who do we see?

Babies, children, students (from birth to 16 years and beyond by request), their families and carers who live in Dudley or attend Dudley schools.

Who should be referred?

  • Any child with a diagnosed or suspected visual impairment
  • Any child who may be experiencing visual difficulties

Who can request a referral?

We have an open referral policy and can receive requests from:

  • Medical professionals such as Consultant Ophthalmologists and Health Visitors
  • Professionals within Children’s Services which include nurseries, schools and colleges
  • Parents/carers

How can we be contacted?

Head of Visual Impairment Service: Mrs Judy Lewis

Telephone: 01384 818003


The Mere Education Centre
Lawnswood Road