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Visual impairment

We are delighted to enrol young people with visual impairment, this includes, partially sighted, blind or low vision.

How can we help?

All support is specific to the individual, and before the student starts at College, meetings are held with the student to establish individual needs and preferences, so that provisions can be put in place as soon as possible. This also provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the campus layout.

Lessons

Tutors will be made aware of individual requirements.

  • In-class support with a member of the ALS team
  • Out-of-class support, in the Focus Centre
  • Text-to-Speech software
  • The use of a laptop or computer
  • Braille facilities
  • Magnification technology
  • Enlarged photocopies
  • Mobility assistance

Lunch

Dedicated staff and students run a ‘friendly’ table throughout the lunch period. There are also buddy mentors who are students to meet up with to introduce learners to new friends and help them to settle in.

Recreational/Enrichment activities

Learners are encouraged to try a variety of recreational / enrichment activities in order to enjoy every aspect of College life. A recreation enrichment activity is compulsory for all Lower Sixth students. Negotiation would take place between the tutor of the chosen recreation, and the Head of Additional Support to ensure the activity can take place safely.

Independence skills

If necessary, part of the Learning Agreement could involve developing independence skills including shopping, travelling and money management.

Exam access arrangements

Subject to an assessment, the college can apply for special exam considerations, please click here for further information.

Downloads

Please click here to view our leaflet on how Blackpool Sixth supports students with visual impairments.