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Henshaws College - Vision Support Service

What is the Vision Support Service?

We are a team of qualified Visual Impairment Specialists, with knowledge and experience in supporting people with a VI and additional needs. We design and deliver independence programmes in low vision, communication and mobility, including wheelchair driving skills.

Who is it for?

It is designed for any student who has a visual impairment and/or visual processing difficulties. We also support wheelchair users to get around safely.  In addition to this, we provide advice, guidance and support to all Henshaws staff and other professionals.

What do the sessions involve?

Sessions are 1:1 direct input or group work, combining both theoretical and practical learning

  • Mobility and orientation: safe ways to move around indoors and out, independently and with support. This can include sighted guide, route learning, long cane training, wheelchair driving and travel to and from work placements using public transport.
  • Independent living skills: skills and strategies for managing the home and preparing a meal.
  • Low vision: Helping you use your vision, aids and equipment both high and low tech including magnifiers, tactile and audible devices and equipment
  • VI technology: Specialist devices such as Braille displays, Speech software and VI friendly Apps.

What are the benefits of Vision Support?

  • At Henshaws, support is tailored to your individual needs and aspirations.
  • You can grow your independence.
  • You will develop new skills and environmental awareness.
  • We focus on your health and wellbeing.

I liked finding my way around my work placement using my body protection, trailing and mapping skills. I have also learnt how to use my iPad to switch apps and use my Brailliant to control my iPad."

Marnie, college student
Marnie
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