Vision Impairment (VI) Service – Habilitation

Habilitation involves one-to-one training for children and young people with a vision impairment. It teaches children who have a visual impairment to develop their personal mobility, navigation and independent living skills. This could be moving safely and independently around their school or learning the route so they are able to walk to and from school.

The Visual Impairment team has a Habilitation Specialist who might work with your child or young person. Their support is often needed when moving to another setting as children need to familiarise themselves with a new school environment.

A Habilitation Specialist can offer support around:

  • using a long cane – if your child has a severe sight impairment, they will be taught how to use a long cane if appropriate (they will be assessed for this)
  • learning routes – once they can use a long cane in the school environment, they can begin to learn more complex routes such as to and from school.
  • trailing – children who do not use a cane can also learn routes around their school using other methods such as trailing