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Charity shops re-opening in Exeter and East Devon

WESC Foundation’s social enterprise charity shops in Exeter and East Devon will re-open on 12th April 2021. The three shops in Exeter, together with stores in Honiton and Sidmouth, will be opening their doors to customers next week following confirmation of the changes to COVID-19 restrictions later this month. Store opening hours will initially be … Continued

Autism and Vision Impairment in special schools

Autism is unusually common among people with severe vision impairment.  Autistic children also often have more difficulty with sensory integration than their “neurotypical” peers. In fact, the autistic spectrum is characterised by differences in processing and responding to sensory information, as well as differences in communication and social interaction. Several of the young people at … Continued

New assistive technology for Braille-reading WESC Foundation students

WESC Foundation has recently taken delivery of updated BrailleNote Touch Plus devices The upgrade programme replaces older Braille notetakers, and was funded thanks to the generosity of our supporters. These new devices allow our students increase their independence. They provide a tactile and aural experience that working on a traditional mechanical Brailler does not offer, and have improved accessibility features not found on the older technology they … Continued

WESC Foundation’s College Ofsted Inspection January 2021

WESC Foundation welcomes the publication of Ofsted’s report following a monitoring visit for the College in January 2021. The WESC Foundation College Ofsted report acknowledges that “leaders and managers have dealt with many of the weaknesses identified during the [November 2018] inspection” and that “secure plans [are] in place to improve the others”. Inspectors learned … Continued

What is a Cortical Visual Impairment Assessment?

A Cortical Visual Impairment assessment (also known as Cerebral Visual Impairment, or CVI Assessment) can be carried out at WESC Foundation by experienced professionals. We use the CVI Range as the basis for our Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) assessments. The ‘CVI Range’ has been developed as an assessment and intervention framework based on the premise … Continued

Northbrook Community Trust funds kitchen for vision impaired students

WESC Foundation has recently opened a new adapted kitchen for students with vision impairment and complex needs, thanks to a generous donation from the Northbrook Community Trust. A gift of £30,000 has meant that young people at the Exeter charity are now able to access height adjustable worktops, cooker-tops and kitchen sinks in their shared … Continued

Tom speaks up for accessible gaming

Former student (and current Supported Living resident) Tom got in touch with BBC Newsbeat earlier this week to share his experience of accessibility in video games. Tom has a vision impairment (and limited use one hand due to Cerebral Palsy) but enjoys playing on his PS4 like many young people his age. He sent a … Continued

How students with vision impairment read on World Book Day

It’s World Book Day, which normally means a massed-gathering of the whole of the WESC Foundation family wearing their favourite costumes inspired by their favourite books. COVID-19 means that we’re doing World Book Day a little differently, so this year we want to share with you some of the different ways that young people across … Continued

Jacob is outstanding!

A vision-impaired apprentice at WESC Foundation has been voted Outstanding Apprentice of the year following a county-wide competition.  Jacob Towner won the competition’s public vote this week, after weeks of nominations from employers and training providers had been narrowed down to three finalists.  He is registered blind (Severely Sight Impaired) and a former student at the … Continued