"Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment, hearing impairment or a multi-sensory impairment will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Children and young people with a multi-sensory impairment have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.(SEND Code of Practice 2015 para 6.34)
Guidelines for schools to using specialist support services
Guidance to schools on meeting the needs of children & young people with visual or hearing impairments
Further information can be found in the Graduated Response Toolkit: Guidance for Schools.
Visual, hearing and multisensory needs support directory
Take a look at our visual, hearing and multisensory needs support directory. Use the filters to search by age of child, areas served or by provider type to see if the service is commissioned or private.
Which services in the directory are commissioned by Staffordshire County Council?
Any providers commissioned by Staffordshire County Council will display the Staffordshire County Council logo on the top right of the record.
Which services in the directory are commissioned by the NHS?
Any providers commissioned or funded by the NHS will display the NHS logo on the top right of the record.
Which services in the directory are part of the SEND Local Offer?
Our signpost logo means the service is part of our SEND Local Offer.