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Sensory Impairment (Local Offer)

What is sensory impairment?

The term sensory impairment means a diagnosis of:

  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment 
  • Multi sensory impairment (which means having a diagnosed vision and hearing impairment with at least a mild loss in each sense.  This is also called Dual Sensory Loss or deafblindness).

Information on COVID-19 support can be found on the Local Offer COVID-19 - Information page and the SEN and Inclusion Services COVID-19 Support page. 

Local support groups can be found by using the search term 'COVID-19' in the search box at the top of the page.

Peterborough City Council Sensory (Hearing/Vision) and Physical Support Service (SAPS)

Peterborough City Council logo

The Sensory and Physical Support Service at Peterborough City Council is part of the SEN and Inclusion Service (SENI).   We are a team of specialist teachers and support staff.  We work to ensure children and young people who have a vision, hearing and/or physical disability and their families:

  • can explain and understand their needs
  • feel positive and confident
  • know what support they may access

We also support people who work with the children and young people.

You can find out more about what we do on our page.

Hearing impairment - helpful resources

People signing

The North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Paediatric Audiology Service

The North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Paediatric Audiology Service provides hearing assessment and advice for children for whom there is concern about hearing. They can assess children aged 9 months old to 16 years old and will require a referral from your child’s GP, Health Visitor, School, Paediatrician or Speech Therapist. For those who are 16 years or older, the GP can assess and refer to services as needed.

More organisations and resources 

More organisations and resources that you might find useful.

National Deaf Childrens Society

Peterborough and District Deaf Childrens Society

Hear Together

British Deaf Association

Action on Hearing Loss

Vision impairment - helpful resources

Blind girl reading Braille

On this tab are some organisations and resources that you might find useful.


Vision UK

The Peterborough Hubs

Specialist Hubs booklet

We work closely with the Peterborough Hub schools that have centres of expertise for hearing, vision and physical disabilities. 

These schools have staff with additional skills and knowledge in a specific area of special educational need and may be able to offer support to professionals and families.

These centres do not offer initial assessments of children’s needs.

Details of the Peterborough Specialist Hub Network can be found on Education page.

Multi sensory impairment - helpful resources

Bringing books to life

Stories with Symbols have produced a series of videos to help children with speech, language and communication needs.

View and download all these videos from their website


Deafblind UK