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Sensory Impairment Service (SIS): Supporting Children With Vision Impairment When Learning at Home - NNC and WNC

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Top Tips for supporting children with vision impairment when learning at home

Find a distraction-free space for your child to work in. If your child is engaging in activities, ask them if they are in the best position and if they can see .

Please consider:

  • Lighting (needs to be good but avoid glare)
  • Colour, contrast, and size of materials
  • Positioning 

Your child’s Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) report will contain further information. You can also contact your child’s Qualified Teacher of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVI) for support.

  • Ensure electronic equipment is kept in a safe place and is charged.
  • For large-print users, remember to use magnification and voiceover when using electronic devices.
  • Remember to access differentiated equipment such as rulers, pens, sloping boards, and low vision aids.
  • If extra lighting is needed, the lamp should be placed to the rear and on the writing-hand side. The light should not dazzle.
  • Your child may need a demonstration if learning a new skill. Break down the task into small steps and make your instructions clear.
  • Short, varied, and frequent activities are better than fewer and longer ones. Take rest breaks between activities.


Please contact your Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI) for further advice and support.

Northamptonshire Sensory Impairment Service (SIS) c/o The William Knibb Centre, Montagu Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8AE

  • Brackley Area
  • Corby Area
  • Daventry Area
  • East Northants Area
  • Kettering Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • North Northamptonshire
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 5 years to 18 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
Sensory Impairments
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
Targeted Services - Additional Support Needs


c/o Sensory Impairment Service (SIS), North Northamptonshire Council, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road
NN15 7QX
United Kingdom


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Last updated 09 April 2024