Habilitation officer

What is the role of a Habilitation Officer?

  • Holds the Certificate in Habilitation Studies
  • Habilitation programmes include the teaching of early movement skills, spatial and body concepts as well as cane training, route learning and independent, daily living skills
  • Training and support can also be offered to families, school staff and the child’s peers, helping them to learn more about the mobility and independent living difficulties experienced by a visually impaired child, and learn strategies to help alleviate these difficulties
  • Assesses and supports visually impaired children and young people to develop the skills to travel and live independently so they become confident and safe
  • Training will take place within the home, school and community settings
  • Assessments are provided at various stages, as the child or young person’s needs will change over time as they will require new/additional skills to enable them to become independent

Find out more information about the role of the Habilitation Officer.

Who is the service for?

All visually impaired children and young people from diagnosis.

The LA commissions VSSS to provide a service to children and young people with a sensory loss who are in compulsory education, but not post 16. Post 16 providers can commission VSSS, through a Service Level Agreement, to provide support by contacting the head teacher.

Who do they work for?

Virtual School Sensory Support
148 Woodside Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9QL
Tel 01603 704040

Email: sensorysupport@norfolk.gov.uk

Website: Virtual School Sensory Support website