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Sight loss

Children with sight loss can face challenges in their early years and at school. The Vision Support Service offers a range of support for parents and children who are blind or partially-sighted.

Specialist advisory teachers

A team of specialist advisory teachers and teaching assistants, known as the Vision Support Team, has workers based at Wells, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Taunton, and provides a service across the county. They carry out pre-school work with babies and young children under 5, and their parents and families. This includes advice and support with the development of babies and young children with sight loss.

Assessments of visually-impaired children of school age who are blind and partially-sighted

The Advisory Teachers can arrange for special equipment to be provided, and work with teachers to make sure the child has as much support as possible.

Contact: Vision Support Team, Byron Road, Taunton TA1 2JB
Phone: 01823 334475

Further education

Young people with visual impairments can, and do attend local colleges. Appropriate support can be provided by arrangement with tutors at the college. There are also national specialist colleges specifically for young people with a sight loss. The colleges provide a range of courses, training and qualifications.

Queen Alexandra College

This college has courses in art, design, media, performing arts, IT, health and social care, sport and hospitality. 

Royal National College

This college has courses in music technology, media, performing arts, art and design, massage and complementary therapies, sport, recreation, leisure, business administration, and office skills, as well as GCSEs, AS and A levels. 

RNIB College Loughborough

This specialist college provides opportunities to take GCSEs, A levels and a range of vocational courses which include beauty and complementary therapies, care and health, computing, engineering, hospitality and catering, music, business studies, child care, leisure, travel and tourism, sports and performing arts.