Sensory Needs Team (Vision)

Sensory Needs Team (Vision)

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The Sensory Needs Team (Vision) is part of Local Authority Inclusion Services

The Sensory Needs Team (Vision) aims to promote better outcomes for CYP with a Visual Impairment which include:

  • educational attainment;
  • social and emotional well being;
  • habilitation and independence skills

by providing a comprehensive and flexible system of support to CYP, families/carers and educational providers.

The Sensory Needs Team (Vision) supports children from diagnosis to age 16 or 19 in special school. 

Contact Details


Joanne Hopkinson

Job Title/Position

Team Secretary

Organiser Address

3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EJ

Telephone Number

0161 253 7159

Email Address


Times & Dates

Date(s) Info

The Sensory Needs Team (Vision) is a term time teaching service.

Session Information

Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Local Offer

Age Bands

16-25 years

Core Response Approved?



Referral Notes

If your child has a diagnosis:

  • ask your orthoptist to make a referral,
  • download a referral form from the documents section and make a referral.

If you are concerned that your child is having difficulty, but does not have a diagnosed condition, make an appointment with the GP or optician for a free NHS eye check.  This is free for all children under the age of 16 and those young people under the age of 19 who are in full time education.  Once a diagnosis is confirmed a referral can be made. 

Eligibility Notes

If your child has an eye condition, diagnosed by an ophthalmologist, your child will be eligible for an assessment by the Sensory Needs Team (Vision).

The following do not meet criteria:

  • monocular vision where sight is within normal limits in the good eye
  • squints
  • colour deficiency
  • visual perceptual difficulties
  • if your child’s vision is fully corrected by wearing glasses

Once the assessment has been completed a level of support will be provided in line with the SNT (Vision) Eligibility Framework.

Service Information


Bury & Local Area

Target Audiences:

Pre-school (0-5)

Support Groups:

Visual impairment

Referral Required?:

Eligibility Requirements?:

Last updated 26th April 2022

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