Sensory Service

The Sensory Service is a regional service to support children and young people who are Hearing Impaired (HI), Visually Impaired (VI) or Multi-Sensory Impaired (MSI).

We are a team of teachers with specialist qualifications working with children and young people with sensory impairment.

The team comprises of Qualified Teachers of the Deaf (QTOD) and Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVI).


Sensory Service Update:


This is an update on how the EA’s Sensory Service will be working in the coming weeks, during the period of school closure:


  • Visits from the Sensory Service to homes and schools are now suspended. However, as a team, we are developing ways in which we can continue to support our families, children and young people. To help you at this difficult time we are putting advice, resources and suggestions for activities in the Sensory Service area on the EA website. We would encourage you to access the website and check regularly for any updates.
  • Schools have been providing work packs for home study. If you need assistance with understanding an aspect of the work which has been assigned for your child, with modifying work or you need support with the technology they use, we will offer whatever help we can.


Please contact your Teacher of the Deaf or Teacher of the Visually Impaired and we will do our best to support you as a Service.


Please send your queries to the Sensory Service email address below. A member of the team will respond to your query as quickly as possible. Please include a contact telephone number in your email.


You can also contact us by phone as below:

EA Sensory Services Contact Information
  Contact Telephone
Head of Service Wendy Martin 07870 484926
Specialist Team Leader Vision Impaired Nicola Heatley 07773 000469

 We understand that this is a very difficult and unsettling time for children and young people, families and staff and we will be endeavoring to provide as much support as we can in the current circumstances.


Visual Impairment

School Age Resources Visual Impairment

Useful Websites Visual Impairment

General Information

Tactile Learning

Tactile Learning - Braille

Hearing Impairment

Specialist teachers who are qualified to support visually impaired and/or hearing impaired children and young people work across the age range from early years, in schools and with families.

If you require any additional information please contact the Sensory Service at: 028 25 661 258

Last updated: 27/05/2020