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Visual, Hearing and Multi-Sensory Impairment

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Deaf or Hearing Impaired

Almost all babies are screened for hearing impairment soon after birth as part of the NHS Neonatal Screening Programme. There are occasionally later diagnoses of permanent hearing loss.

If your child has permanent hearing loss, the ISEND Sensory Needs Service will provide you and your family with specialist help from the start.

As Hearing Impairments are often identified prior to a child starting school, referrals typically arrive directly from the health service.

Support for children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is available from other services, such as CLASS. Therefore, direct support is not available for this from the Sensory Needs team.

To find out more about the Sensory Needs Service, please click the link below:

Blind or Visually Impaired

Referrals for children and young people with visual impairments also come primarily from health, although the Sensory Needs Service welcomes referrals from schools as problems are sometimes not fully evident until a child starts school.

If your child has permanent visual impairment, the Sensory Needs Service will provide you and your family with specialist help.

The Sensory Needs Service do not provide support for children whose vision is corrected with glasses, as this care is provided by opticians. The service would only be needed if there were other conditions impacting on their vision in addition to this.

To find out more about the Sensory Needs Service, please click the link below:

Deafblind or Multi-Sensory Impaired

Deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing loss. It affects a child’s ability to communicate, access all kinds of information, and get around. Children born with a multi-sensory impairment may also have physical or learning needs.

If your child has multi-sensory impairment, the Sensory Needs Service will provide you and your family with specialist help from the start.

To find out more about the Sensory Needs Service, please click the link below:

Additional Help and Services

Our directory on East Sussex 1Space provides various services that aim to help those with visual, hearing and/or multi-sensory impairment:

All services on 1Space have been split into categories. Once you have selected the category that you wish to visit, you can then use the filters on the left hand side to further refine your search, depending on need. To find out more on how to use 1Space, please click the link below:


Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, 'Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms':


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