Sensory Inclusion Service - Visual Impairment


Involvement from the Specialist Teacher for Visual Impairment is allocated according to NatSIP (National Sensory Impairment Partnership) guidelines.

Specialist Teachers:

  • See children from point of diagnosis through to leaving school (according to assessed needs).
  • Provide ongoing advice and information about the sensory loss to those involved with the child or young person.
  • Liaise with all agencies, including the voluntary sector, to ensure a cohesive approach.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of the child or young person’s sensory loss and advise accordingly.
  • Provide advice and support to the educational placement (pre-school, nursery, playgroup, school)
  • Provide training as required, individually, in small groups or to whole school.
  • Provide specialist teaching, including Braille, according to individual need
  • Assess and provide specialist equipment for children and young people as determined by need.
  • Request an Environmental Audit for settings and schools who have a pupil with avisual impairment
  • Request a Mobility Assessment, and if recommended, training for a pupil with a visual impairment.

The Sensory Inclusion Service may be able to loan some speciailist equipment, including magnifiers, to be used in schools and settings.

Magnifiers for children and young people to use at home are often loaned through the Low Vision Clinic at the hospital they attend for their eye care.

For further information please follow these links:

Service Details

Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EA (directions displayed on map)
Cheshire East Council
Service Type:
Education, Training and Skills
Age Range:
0 through to leaving school.
Age Band:
  • Early Years (Under 5)
  • Children (5-18)
  • Young Adults (14-25)
  • Adults (18+)
The service is provided free of charge.
Is a referral required?:
Accepted referral methods:
  • Via GP or Health Professional
  • Via Early Years setting
  • Via School
  • Via College or post-16 provider
  • Via Children’s Social Care
Additional Referral Information:
Referral to the Sensory Inclusion Service must be made with permission of parents / carers. The child or young person must recently have visited the GP, Ophthalmologist or an optician for an eye test.
Eligibility criteria:
A child or young person must have a diagnosed visual loss or a recognised visual impairment which cannot be corrected by surgery or by wearing glasses.
Waiting List:
There is currently no waiting list.
How is the service provided?:
  • Telephone
  • Post
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Texting
  • Outreach Services
Additional information on how service is provided:
We visit children and young people in their homes, nurseries and schools
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East
Communication aids and support available:
  • Large Print Material
  • Materials in Braille
Additional information for assistance with communication:
Audio communication available (this may include emails so that families can use their preferred access software)
Provides support to:
  • People with sensory impairment

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Weekdays only
Opening Times - Monday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Wednesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Thursday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Friday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Saturday:
Opening Times - Sunday:
Additional Opening Times:
Teachers/staff work with children and young people, families, schools and settings on week days during term times, and within school hours. The Service can be contacted on each week day via the contact number given above.

This page was last updated on 08 May 2018

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This page was last updated on 08 May 2018


Contact Details

Contact Name:
Mrs Nicola West
01625 374870