The Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI)

It’s never too early to involve a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI) who will visit you and your child at home and in an early years setting and will provide advice, guidance and support. The QTVI really is the key person and will remain so as long as your child is in school.

Find your QTVI by contacting your local authority sensory services or visual impairment team. Look for contact details on the Local Offer page of your local authority’s website. If you can’t find what you need, call the local authority main number and ask for the QTVI serving your area.

Visual function is how a child functions visually within the everyday environment.  A functional vision test is carried out by a QTVI and provides ‘real life’ information on how a child uses their sight, for example in an educational setting or at home. The test will involve some clinical test materials and informal observations.

Thanks to a new video by the RNIB and VIEW parents can see for themselves the work of the QTVI in schools.