Services for VI and SEND professionals

WESC Foundation learner Chloe learning Braille
WESC Foundation learner Chloe learning Braille

Are you a teacher or teaching assistant with specific questions about how to educate and support blind or partially sighted learners in your classroom?

Are you a healthcare professional or academic with an interest in learning more about the most up-to-date evidence from research into childhood visual impairment?

Depending on whether you would like to make a general enquiry or have a specific question in mind there are a number of ways for you to get in contact with us and ask for advice, training and resources.

Open Days at our Exeter Campus

If you are interested in the services that the WESC Foundation can offer a young person with visual impairment, you may wish to attend one of our regularly scheduled open days at our Exeter campus. During the open day we will show you around the school and college, and our staff will talk to you over lunch about the range of services and facilities that are available onsite and through our outreach service.

Find out more about the next scheduled Open Day

Training, professional development and other enquries

If you are interested in training or professional development we regularly hold a major conference on current research and developments in the field of visual impairment, with international speakers from a range of professional backgrounds. Dates are advertised widely in advance.

Access and assistive technology

If you have a specific enquiry about access and assistive technology for young people with visual impairment please contact our Additional Learning Support Manager, Ruth Hardisty-Dyer on 01392 454308. Email Ruth Hardisty-Dyer

Professional associations

If you have an enquiry about a specific professional association that offers services for visually impaired young people, such as Habilitation VI UK (Orientation and Mobility for children), please contact our Head of Commissioning, Richard Ellis on 01392 454288. Email Richard Ellis

Research and developments

If you are interested in our current research and development projects, either as a potential research participant or as a collaborator, please contact our Research Scientist, Dr Jonathan Waddington on 01392 454349. Email Jonathan Waddington