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St Helens CDS Visual Impairment Team

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Who are we?

Two Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVI); Two Senior Support Assistants (SSA); Mobility Officer; Technical Officer and Curriculum Clerk.


What do we do?

We can offer:

  • Advice and support to young people with a visual impairment (VI), their parents and teachers
  • Functional Vision Assessments (FVA) within educational or home environments
  • Direct support in accessing the curriculum
  • A weekly adaptation service to provide books, worksheets etc in accessible formats
  • INSET for schools, nurseries etc about specific eye conditions, general VI awareness, classroom management, 'Patching' regimes etc
  • Environmental Audits of your premises to suggest how you could become more vision-friendly
  • Written reports in support of external examination special requirementsBC


Brian McManus / Carole Hughes at

Newton Children's Centre

Patterson St.  Newton le Willows

WA12 9PZ

Tel:  01744 673135      
E-mail:  brianmcmanus@sthelens.gov.uk carolehughes@sthelens.gov.uk