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The Somerset Vision Support Team provides educational support for any child or young person who attends a publicly funded Somerset school or setting and has a confirmed diagnosis of a visual impairment. The team works with children from birth or as soon as there is a diagnosis.
It provides support from Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment (QTVIs), Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and a Mobility and Independent Living Skills Worker.
The staff visit children and young people in their homes, pre-school settings, schools and colleges. The QTVIs assess functional vision which consists of a range of visual assessments. Information is provided about the effects of visual impairment and strategies to support access to learning and independence.