Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) Sensory Needs support

We work with nurseries and schools to support children with hearing impairments and vision impairments.

Our team works with nurseries, schools and parents to provide support for children and young people 0 to 25 years old who have a sensory impairment (SI).

Examples of sensory impairments include hearing problems and hearing loss, vision problems or blindness.

We have teachers with additional specialist qualifications in hearing impairment and visual impairment, an educational audiologist, a family support worker and a mobility officer. Our team:

  • provides hearing and vision assessments
  • provides training for schools and other professionals to support children
  • gives advice, guidance and support to nurseries, schools and parents
  • monitors support given to children and young people with sensory impairments
  • provides support with Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans
  • refers children to other services if needed, for example speech and language therapy and cochlear implant centres
  • works with children and young people so to help them develop their independent living, travel, technology, British Sign Language (BSL) and Braille skills
  • works with other partnerships and agencies, when it’s needed
  • works closely with other BHISS teams, Hearing Support Facility at Bevendean Primary School and Children’s Audiology service

How to get support from us

Your child's nursery or school will contact us if they need support from us.

Talk to your child’s teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, GP or an optician if you think your child needs support from BHISS.


  • Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Building, County Oak Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8DJ

Contact information

Opening times

Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4:30pm on Fridays.