Bridges specialist service provides families of Deaf and Hearing Impaired children with a point of contact to access information, seek advice and support. This includes sign-posting or referring to other agencies, service providers or community based groups. Raising awareness of Deaf issues and recognising the benefits of working with statutory agencies is also an important part of this service, as is working with partner agencies in education and health to promote the physical, emotional and social development of Deaf and hearing impaired children.

The Family Support Service includes a home assessment to provide free of charge, appropriate Deaf alerter equipment and listening aids to enhance and improve family life, help to build confidence, promote independence and safety in the home and to successfully aid the transition to life as an adult with hearing loss.

Contact details:
All day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday AM
Tel: 01204 337898
Admin: 01204 337725 (if non-working day or ext 7898 not available)
E mail: christine.ridyard@bolton.gov.uk

The provision of auxiliary aids for use in school is coordinated by the Sensory Support Service. The sensory support service consists of qualified teachers of the deaf (TOD) and qualified teachers of the visually impaired (QTVI). The service offers advice and support to the families and schools of children and young people with a hearing or visual impairment. This service will, on the basis of their assessments, identify the need for any auxiliary aids that they feel would be of benefit to the child. The range of aids currently in use/available in Bolton includes: radio aids, CCTV, magnifiers, braillers, braillenote and laptops. Pupils with an EHC Plan will have auxiliary aids provided through EHCP funding. Pupils who do not have an EHC Plan will have access to provision through their school's SEN funding or Sensory Support Service finances.

Bridges

2Nd Floor, Castle Hill Centre

Bolton

BL2 2JW

Telephone 01204 337725
Telephone 01204 337898

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