Visual Impairment Service (Royal National Institute for the Blind)
What our service does
Haringey buys in the services of ‘Action for Blind People’ to provide advice and support for children and young people with a confirmed visual loss.
Advice focuses on support for parents and carers, independence, access to the curriculum/books and materials, helpful technology, getting around safely (mobility), self-help skills and improving the environment.
We offer visual awareness training to school staff and training in relation to individual pupils’ needs. We encourage families to attend activities and events where children and young people have the opportunity to meet others with sight loss.
Where service is located and the areas it covers
We visit pupils in homes, early years settings and schools throughout Haringey. We work closely with a range of other professionals. Our organisation is based in Kings Cross.
105 Judd Street
Tel: 020 7391 2259 or 07718 772 143
Who our service provides for
We provide for children and young people from birth to nineteen years, many of whom have additional or more complex needs. We work in children and young people’s homes, early years settings and schools.
How a child or young person can start using the service
Referrals can be made by parents/carers, eye hospitals/departments, schools and settings, other professionals.
If, as a parent, you wish to refer your child please contact
Ros Davies (Local Authority Development Officer)
Tel: 020 7391 2259 or 07718 772 143
How decisions are made about eligibility for our service
Decisions are made about eligibility and levels of support based on the NatSIP (National Sensory Impairment Partnership)Framework and assessment by a qualified teacher of the visually impaired, in consultation with family/young person, other professionals and the local authority.
How we communicate with service users and how they are involved in decision making/planning
We aim to work closely with parents and carers. We may use early support materials (early years) and share a range of other leaflets and information sources published by RNIB and Action for Blind People. This give information about eye conditions, access to books and materials etc.
We also share information from other organisations such as Blind Children UK and London Society for the Blind.
Where English is not the family’s first language we may communicate through a family member, school staff or use any interpreting services available.
We are able to provide materials in large print, audio or braille if required.
Regular discussion takes place with parents/carers, teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s (special educational needs coordinators), particularly where there is a high level of need.
Information sharing and training can be offered to parents/carers or details of useful support groups provided.
The local authority seeks feedback from service users on the service we provide.
How accessible our service is
We are available to parents at home or in Haringey schools and settings.
Our organisation is based in Kings Cross and is accessible.
In our resource centre children and young people and their parents/carers can view a range of equipment, toys and resources which may be helpful to those with vision loss.
Training our staff have had in supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
Those supporting pupils are qualified teachers of the visually impaired and those offering independence and mobility training are qualified children’s habilitation specialists.
Who a service user should contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something
A service user who wishes to raise a concern or complain about something can contact:
Deborah Israel (Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment Team Manager)
Tel: 020 8489 8338
Who a parent carer/young person can contact for further information
Ros Davies, Local Authority Development Officer
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