Vision Support Services (VSS) In Dorset

The Vision Support service works to support children who have a vision impairment, which affects their education. The Service also provides advice to parents/carers and educational settings together with specialist teaching support according to need.


Venue address
Schools and Learning The Hanham Centre
Hanham Road
BH21 1AS

Service Details

Additional Information

Information about the Vision Support Service can be transcribed into Braille or large print if required. The service for West Dorset can be contacted by telephone on 01305 228300 or emailed at The service for East Dorset is based in Wimborne. This service operates through a joint arrangement to provide educational support for children with sensory impairment across Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Hearing Support Service and Vision Support Service are often referred to as one service, Hearing and Vision Support Services (HVSS).

Referral information

Health professionals, school staff, parents/carers and staff from other agencies can obtain a request for involvement form from the contact address.

Age Range
0 years 0 months to 25 years 0 months


Wheelchair accessible
This is a peripatetic service delivered either at the home or school setting. Main administrative offices are accessible.
Other Facilities
Minicom at County Hall. Materials can be transcribed into Braille if required.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities

The Vision Support Service (VSS) provides specialist support and advice to families, schools and settings to meet the needs of children and young people with vision impairment. The Team consists of Advisory Teachers who all hold an additional specialist qualification, a Children’s Mobility Officer, a specialist ICT Technician and Tutors of touch typing and keyboard skills. The Team work in homes, pre-schools, mainstream and special schools to enable access to the curriculum and encourage personal independence of children and young people with vision impairment. Staff in VSS can explain the visual condition and its impact on learning and development give advice on sensory stimulation for pre-school children and advise teachers about learning and teaching strategies to support inclusion across all key stages.

Some activities and family support services listed in our directory may be cancelled, postponed, or running in a different way due to coronavirus restrictions. Please contact providers to check for information about any changes.

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Address: Schools and Learning  The Hanham Centre  Hanham Road  Wimborne  Dorset

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