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Physical and Sensory Needs

Visual impairment is a term experts use to describe any kind of vision loss, whether it's someone who cannot see at all or someone who has partial vision loss. Some people are completely blind, but many others have what's called legal blindness.

Hearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the outer or middle ear. The person has trouble hearing clearly, understanding speech, and interpreting various sounds.

Students with physical impairments may have difficulties with mobility, manual dexterity and speech. Some may use a wheelchair all or some of the time. They might need support with personal care. Some physical impairments are fluctuating in impact.

The term multi-sensory impairment applies where a young person has combined vision and hearing impairments, which may include a functional loss in one or both of these senses.

If you have a Physical or Sensoryneed then you may receive some of the following areas of support:

  • Hardware – large font keyboards/magnifiers
  • Texts in alternative formats – MP3 document, large print etc
  • 1:1 or in class support working on strategies and study skills
  • Sighted Guide – where appropriate
  • Examination Access Arrangements 
  • Support from the Local Authority Visual/ Hearing / Physical Impairment team – assistive technologies, monitoring visits
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
  • A scribe in class
  • Hearing Loop
  • Support moving around college
  • Amanuensis
  • A lift key to access all floors
  • Personal Care – as appropriate

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