Background

HAST has been running the Visual Impairment (VI) service on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council since 1 January 2014.

The VI team consists of two specialist Teachers for Visual Impairment, two specialist Teaching Assistants and a Resource Officer, all of whom have completed Braille training.  The team also employs a part-time specialist Teaching Assistant who is also qualified in working with children with hearing impairments, and a part-time Resource Assistant.

The team is based at Wrest Park, Silsoe, and supports visually impaired children from age 0-19 who live in Central Bedfordshire and/or attend Central Bedfordshire schools, and who meet the South East Region Special Educational Needs (SERSEN) criteria for visual impairment.

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