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Hearing and Vision Support Services (HVSS)

Information for children who need support with hearing and vision.

How do the services work?

  • HVSS has a team of Advisory Teachers with specialist qualifications in hearing and vision
  • The specialist teachers can support children, young people, families, pre-schools and schools
  • HVSS work with children and young people with mild to profound impairments
  • The team can help by giving advice, training or sometimes through direct teaching
  • HVSS work in partnership with parents/carers to agree support and involvement
  • HVSS works with education, social care and health services to provide support

Where do the services work? 

  • HVSS can work in family homes, playgroups, nurseries, schools and colleges
  • The specialist services are available across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

What else do the services offer?

The services have:

  • Keyboarding tutors
  • A mobility officer
  • A technician to help children and young people who have impaired vision
  • Trained and experienced Teaching Assistants for the hearing impaired
  • A Sign Language Support Worker
  • An Educational Audiologist (whose role is to advice on hearing aids and technical equipment)

Equality and Diversity 

It is important that there are no barriers to the inclusion of children and young people with sensory impairment.

The services make sure they have every opportunity to enjoy life in their communities.

They raise awareness so that children and young people with impairments have their needs met and are respected.

More information

Visit Dorset's Local Offer website (opens in a new window) for all services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities

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