Vision impaired service


  1. Overview
  2. Support available
  3. Who can access the service
  4. How to access the service
  5. Contact details


A specialist support service for children and young people who have a vision impairment.   

The service is made up of:

  • qualified teachers of the vision impaired (QTVI)
  • specialist support staff
  • a technical support officer

This service is provided by South Tyneside Council.

Support available

Necessary support is put in place after needs are assessed. 

This includes:

  • one-to-one teaching and support at home, preschool and school (based on the needs of each child or young person)
  • support to families
  • advice and training for professionals working with children and young people with vision impairment 
  • information to understand visual impairments
  • equal access to education, participation and inclusion for children and young people with vision impairment 
  • teaching children and young people skills, strategies and understanding to achieve their full potential, academically and socially
  • preparing children and young people with vision impairment for adulthood
  • support from a Habilitation Specialist to develop mobility and independent livings skills (based on the needs of each child or young person)
  • monitoring progress

Who can access the service

Children and young people aged 0 to 25 with a vision impairment.

National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) eligibility criteria is also used.

How to access the service

There is an online referral form for parents, school or other professionals.

You can also contact the lead Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI) by email or phone.

Once a referral has been made, the lead QTVI will make contact.

Consent will be needed from a parent before any further involvement.

Contact details

Telephone: 0191 426 8195