Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE

Please note, at the current time, due to the Coronavirus epidemic and resulting Government guidance, we are unable to carry out face to face interventions, including mobility training. However, we are able to assess and support adults, children and young people with sensory loss by telephone, email, and text. We are currently offering advice and information, registration and the issue and posting out of equipment where appropriate.

Please see below for a full description of our usual service

Action on Hearing Loss provides the sensory service for Buckinghamshire on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council. This is an integrated service for children, young people and adults in Buckinghamshire with hearing, sight or dual sensory loss. This service is called Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service (BISS).

If you live in Buckinghamshire, Action on Hearing Loss offers a range of services to support you with your sensory loss. A holistic assessment at home is offered, which will focus on your sight, hearing or dual sensory needs. However, other needs and issues identified will be discussed and information and advice offered to work towards meeting any additional needs or personal goals.

Other services offered include:

  • Registration of hearing and/or sight loss

  • Support to develop daily living skills

  • Equipment allocation, demonstration or advice to assist with daily living

  • Mobility training and support to children and young people in school in order to encourage safe mobilisation and participation in all activities.

  • Advice and information on your hearing, sight or dual sensory loss  Communication clubs for families of Deaf children via our partners Young Deaf Activities (YDA), as well as other activity groups offered by YDA for families and children/young people.

  • Support to assist you to access activities within your local community Referral or signposting to other appropriate services

BISS has close links with the local authority and a member of the care management team sits within the BISS office twice a week. She is a Care Worker for Adults who are deaf and is a British Sign Language (BSL) speaker. The BISS specialist staff team offers a wide range of experience in assessment and support for individuals with sight, hearing and dual sensory loss.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service
Telephone
E-mail
bucks@hearingloss.org.uk
Website
Sensory Services Buckinghamshire
Notes

Due to the current Coronavirus epidemic, the team is working remotely so it may take a little longer than usual for us to respond to you. Please be assured that the phone and email messages are checked several times throughout the day and your message will be forwarded onto the most appropriate member of the team as quickly as possible.

Parent Organisation
Action on Hearing Loss

Where to go

Name
Riverside House
Address
First floor
44 Wedgewood Street
Fairford Leys
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 7HL
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire boundary (excluding Milton Keynes)

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday | 9am to 5pm
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon

Other Details

Age Ranges
All

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referral by phone 01296 479 970 or email bucks@hearingloss.org.uk Referral form available on request

Local Offer

Description

We aim to support young people to increase their independence and to have the confidence to participate in activities along with their peers. This may involve teaching mobility and orientation skills to young people with sight loss, in school and in the community.

We also carry out home assessments with young people and provide information, advice and guidance and small pieces of equipment such as TV loops, specialist doorbells and alarm clocks in order to help them stay safe and independent.

Contact Email
bucks@hearingloss.org.uk
Needs Level
Sensory and Physical Needs
Hearing
Communication and Interaction
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We support children and young people whose hearing loss, sight loss or dual loss is impacting on their day-to-day lives, communication, Independence, inclusion and well being.

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We aim to support young people to increase their independence and to have the confidence to participate in activities along with their peers. This may involve teaching mobility and orientation skills to young people with sight loss, in school and in the community.

We also carry out home assessments with young people and provide information, advice and guidance and small pieces of equipment such as TV loops, specialist doorbells and alarm clocks in order to help them stay safe and independent.

Last Updated
29/05/2020

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