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Visual Impairment (VI) Outreach Service based at Kingsdown Special School - service commissioned by Southend LA

What do we do?:

  • work directly with children who have a Visual Impairment (VI) or Difficulty and to support their inclusion within mainstream schools
  • Provide strategies and advice to mainstream schools as to how best support children with a Visual Impairment (VI) or Difficulty
  • support schools with the correct identification of Visual Impairment (VI) or Difficulty in children  

How can my / a child access this?:

Children access this service via a ‘case load’ identified in partnership with Health Services. If a SENCO or school identifies a child that may meet the criteria for this service then a standard referral form must be completed which will provide information about each child, with consent of the parent/carer. This should be sent directly to the VI specialist teacher.

Who to contact?:

The SENCO at your child’s school

What is the referral process?:

Health and other professionals identify children who will access support from this service via a caseload to the VI specialist team. School based referrals can also take place as above.

Where does the service operate from?

Kingsdown School, Snakes Lane, Southend on Sea, SS2 6XT

Phone: 01702 527486

Contact: The Lead specialist teacher for the VI service (B Lordachi).

Phone: 01702 507613. Email:

Additional team members: Specialist support Officer/ Habilitation Officer (J Daniels) / Specialist Support Officer (D Thwaites). Phone number(s) as above