Sensory and/or Physical Needs
There is a wide range of sensory and physical difficulties that affect children and young people across the ability range.
Many children and young people require minor adaptations to the curriculum, their study programme or the physical environment. Many such adaptations may be required as reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010. Children and young people with a visual impairment (VI) or a hearing impairment (HI) may require specialist support and equipment to access their learning.
Children and young people with a Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) have a combination of visual and hearing difficulties, which makes it much more difficult for them to access the curriculum or study programme than those with a single sensory impairment.
Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional on-going support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers. Disabled children and young people Many disabled children and young people also have a SEN. Where this is the case, access arrangements and other adjustments should be considered as part of SEN planning and review. However it may be that the steps to ensure access to mainstream education and related opportunities are sufficient to mean that special education provision does not need to be made.