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What we do

Children and young adults with complex needs and visual impairment often face barriers to learning, living and taking an active, independent place in society.

WESC Foundation provides the specialist expertise, equipment and adapted facilities to inspire, challenge and empower these young people from across the UK to live their best lives.

We fight to make sure that they can take their place in a society that values them for their contribution and supports their rights and independence.

The WESC Foundation is a specialist day and residential centre offering a unique experience for young people and adults with visual impairment including complex needs. Our commitment is to excellence and innovation at a national and international level.

We provide high-quality education and care that increases our learners’ opportunities and raises their expectations.

By working with universities and international specialists, we are advancing our knowledge and practice of neuro-science, making us a leading specialist centre for visual impairment.

Our innovative learner-centred approach applies the latest techniques designed to transform the lives of our young people and adults.

We are committed to inclusion, increasing independence, achieving results and creating a fun and social place to live and study.

What we offer

WESC Foundation offers a range of educational, care and support services to children and young adults with visual impairment and other complex needs (including PMLD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, severe learning disabilities, moderate learning needs, multi-sensory impairment, Cerebral palsy, social and emotional needs).

Our services include:

Education provision

  • Day or residential placements for a 38 week academic year in School (up to age 16) and College (16 to 25). These can be full time or part time.
  • 38 week education placements plus 14 week additional residential support for an all year round package
  • Supported internships and work experience placements
  • Outreach support in mainstream and specialist schools, colleges and universities

Therapy, mobility and health

  • Full therapy support to our students and young people covering speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and music therapy from our in-house specialist staff
  • Qualified mobility support from our in-house ROVI team
  • Health care from our nurse and healthcare assistant team

Adult care and support services

  • Full time residential care in St David’s House
  • Non-residential support for young adults living the community
  • Onsite and offsite supported living services
  • Residential respite and short breaks

Work placements and vocational support

  • Work placements and work opportunities for students and young people in the WESC Community
  • Work experience and work placements for young people in the wider community of Devon, including in our retail and horticulture enterprises
  • Supported internships combining education, employability skills training and work experience as a stepping stone to paid or voluntary employment