Specialist ICT and resources (VI)

The Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service provides a range of specialist equipment and resources for children and young people with visual impairments to support their access to learning in their education environment.

Our specialist staff team, which includes a Braillist and ICT Technician, will:

  • assess children and young people’s needs for specialist equipment across the full curriculum
  • supply and install specialist equipment to meet the individual needs of the child/young person and his/her access requirements in relation to the school/setting and the demands of the curriculum
  • provide or organise training in the use of specialist equipment
  • undertake or organise ongoing maintenance of the equipment
  • introduce new technology to our supply of equipment in line with manufacturers’ developments in relevant evidence-based technology

ICT access guides

Examples of equipment supplied to children/young people in Essex education settings:

  • individual computer monitors connected to the interactive whiteboard
  • Year 9 pupil using a video magnifierclosed-circuit television (CCTV) magnifiers connected to the interactive whiteboard
  • visualisers
  • portable hand-held CCTV magnifiers
  • individual laptops, with speech or magnification software
  • specialist equipment for access to food technology and science
  • Braillers, Braillenote machines and laptops connected to an embosser for tactile learners

Specialist equipment for use in the home environment may be accessed through specialist organisations:

Blind Children UK Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA)

The Social Care Habilitation Officer works closely with education professionals to ensure appropriate support is provided in both home, school and community environments.