Welcome to Devon ROVIC Service
The Re/habilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) service is part of the Devon Integrated Children’s Service (ICS), commissioned to work across all settings and in partnership with health, social care and education professionals.
What is a ROVIC?
A Rehabilitation Officer for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) is qualified and proficient in their practice to assess, advise, create and deliver training programmes for babies, children and young people (0 – 18 years), who have significant visual difficulties impacting on how they reach and develop skills.
Our ROVIC service provides habilitation (the initial acquisition of skills) and rehabilitation (re-establishing skills),
and rehabilitation (re-establishing of skills), within home, community, health and educational settings, as well as providing support and liaison services within the ophthalmic paediatric eye clinics in hospital settings across the Devon areas:
- Newton Abbot
Alongside habilitation and rehabilitation provision, our ROVIC service provides specialist and holistic assessments, in accordance to deafblind guidance legislation, for children and young people (0-18yrs) who have a combination of sensory impairments causing a multi-sensory impairment.
What do ROVICs do?
We assess functional visual responses and behaviours of infants, children and young people.
We monitor the developing functional abilities in relation to movement and independence, and whether their visual difficulty is likely to impede on access to or achievement of:
- Inclusion, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Age appropriate independence and social interactions
- Skilful, relaxed and safe orientation and mobility
- Access and navigation within and around home, community and educational settings
Our assessments are child-centred, and offer practical advice, information and personalised training.
ROVICs promote understanding, confidence and independence of each individual’s visual and non-visual abilities to:
- Develop, progress and use vision to an individual’s fullest functional potential
- Access and achieve orientation, mobility, navigation and movement
- Inclusion and participation of interpersonal, organisational and daily living activities
- Communicate and interact
We offer information on:
- Policy guidance on the care and support for deaf-blind children
- Benefits and concessions specific to visual impairment and registration status
- Local and national resources, services and provisions available to children or young people who are visually or multi-sensory impaired
- Support for parents and carers
- Awareness and training related to visual or multi-sensory impairment
- Design, modifications and accessibility of settings and/or environments
- Certification and registration of visual impairment
People with special needs and additional information guides
We provide all our leaflets in other languages and formats. Please let us know if you would like a different format or language.
NHS 111 provides a confidential interpreter service in many other languages if required. For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a text phone service is available on 111.
Devon Children’s Services website
For more information, advice and toolkits please visit our website.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the Government’s health watchdog, responsible for ensuring that healthcare services registered with it provide high quality care that is safe, effective and compassionate. The CQC inspected our service in June 2017 and rated it as ‘good’. View CQC report.