WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment

We provide high-quality education and care for learners with visual impairment.
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WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment
Topsham Road
Exeter
EX2 6HA
  • Course Length:
    38 weeks or 52 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    September to July or 52 weeks a year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    150
  • Age Range:
    4 - 25 years

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General Description

Young people and adults at WESC Foundation will experience the widest possible range of services in education, care, therapies and mobility, provided at this highly specialist day and residential centre for visual impairment.

Curriculum

WESC Foundation provides an individualised curriculum for young people and adults with visual impairment (VI). They offer an adapted National Curriculum for school learners and academic and vocational courses for college learners. WESC offers the following curriculum options:

  • Specialist VI curriculum for all learners
  • The Exe Programme, including National Curriculum Level 1/Entry 1 and above, for school and college learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • The Dart Programme for school and college learners with Complex Needs and Learning Difficulties
  • Adapted accredited academic and vocational courses at WESC Foundation or at partner colleges e.g. Exeter College, Bicton College etc.
  • Outreach VI Services for learners and teachers in mainstream schools, colleges and HE providers. 

Specialist Facilities

Facilities at WESC are accessible to all and include; swimming pool, hydro pool, trampoline, cycles and trikes, sensory garden, gym and many other activities linked to their individual programme of development and mobility. 

Enrichment activities such as trips to the beach, wheelchair dancing, tenpin bowling, horse riding, sailing, and residential trips abroad are fun and enjoyable and young people are encouraged to use these opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of d/Deaf students
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Comprehensive support in the learning and use of Braille and/or Moon
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A social skills programme
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
  • > Our specialist services

    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • In-house nursing services
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • In-house psychology services
    • Sessions to improve posture and mobility
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • In-house medical provision

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