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Visual and Sight Impairment - Plymouth Advisory Team for Sensory Support (PATSS)

Visual impairment is when your child has sight loss that can't be fully corrected using glasses or contact lenses.

Contacts details

Address:Windsor House
Tavistock Road
PL6 5UF
Telephone number: 01752 305252
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Visual impairments range from severely sight impaired (blind) to sight impaired (partially sighted), both can affect near vision, distance vision or visual fields.

How we can help

  • Advice to families and carers, early years settings, schools (including specialist provision) about practical and educational implications of the child/young person's visual impairment
  • Practical and/or emotional support for families
  • Guidance on access to the curriculum (including the sensory/experiential curriculum)
  • Assess functional vision
  • Direct teaching and training for parents and other professionals
  • Support the development of independence skills and the social and emotional well-being of a child/young person
  • Monitor progress and contribute to target setting
  • Major contribution to early identification and assessment of children and young people with visual impairment in accordance with the SEND code of practice
  • alternative methods of access for example providing braille or modified resources
  • Mobility assessment and training
  • Peer awareness training
  • Specialist resources (enlarged books, touch typing programmes, writing slopes, access technology)
  • Environmental audits with advice on improving visual accessibility
  • One-off advice following assessment where the child or young person doesn't meet the criteria for on-going support
  • Signposting to other organisations (including on-going liaison with relevant organisations and running joint events as appropriate)
  • Enhanced support for pupils/families/schools at key times (transition)
  • Registration of visual impairment visits

We work closely with the following organisations and professionals:

  • speech and language therapists
  • special educational needs coordinators
  • school based staff
  • educational psychologists
  • physiotherapists, volunteers (for example RNIB)
  • parent support advisors
  • pediatricians
  • adult rehabilitation teams
  • Sensory Solutions
  • Royal Eye Infirmary

How to request support

To request support email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk, call 01752 668000 or complete the PATSS Request for Involvement Form.

Medical information is required which we use with a visual assessment (where relevant) and criteria from the National Sensory Impairment Partnership to decide on the level of support given.

Age range
  • Early years - 0 to 5 years
  • Preparing for Adulthood
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth

    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

    Must live in Plymouth or attend a Plymouth school.
    • 0 to 1 years old
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • 17 to 25 years old
    • 1 to 2 years old
    • 2 to 3 years old
    • 3 to 4 years old
    • 4 to 5 years old
    • Visual impairments

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