Blind Low Vision NZ Strategic Plan: 2024-2028

Our Mission

Empower New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind, or low vision to live the life they choose.

Our Vision for the future

We aspire to create an Aotearoa New Zealand that is inclusive for all those with blindness, deaf blindness, or sight loss.

Two women walking through an outdoor cafe setting. One is using a white cane.

Our organisational priorities

Empower Independence: Supporting our clients in their communities.

Educate and train: Training clients with practical and essential skills for daily life.

Social inclusion: Raise awareness and advocate for an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

Supported by our for-purpose team: We will foster a diverse team that supports our strategy through a culture of strong communication, financial sustainability, and specialist expertise.

Delivered through our Values

This strategy will be delivered through our Values: Person-centered, Collaborative, Adaptable, and Accountable. 

How our priorities will be delivered

Empowering Independence

We are committed to empowering our clients to live independent lives in their communities. Independence is individual, often relying on support from the community. We will offer and facilitate services that meet our clients’ diverse needs. To achieve this, we will:

  • Support clients to access key services in the community like employment, transport, education, and recreation.
  • Offer counselling and refer to other mental wellness services, focusing on adjusting to sight loss for an integrated community life.
  • Facilitate community connection, ensuring holistic support to encourage our clients to be confident, autonomous members of the community.
  • Work collaboratively with external partners and our clients to create an environment and network of inclusive support.

Education and training

Teaching self-reliance and practical skills enables individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision to confidently live the life they choose. Learning the skills of blindness, deaf blindness or sight loss gives our clients the confidence to be autonomous citizens in their communities. To achieve this, we will:

  • Provide specialised training and adaptive technologies to foster clients’ skills for independent living, either directly or through their families or support networks.
  • Provide training in daily living, mobility, and communication, promoting self-reliance.
  • Provide access to empowering tools, technologies, peer support and other resources.

Social inclusion

We know that those who are blind, deafblind or have low vision are at a higher risk of isolation or exclusion. We will work towards an inclusive and safe Aotearoa for all. To achieve this, we will:

  • Advocate nationally and locally to eliminate barriers that hinder our clients’ independence.
  • Launch awareness campaigns to promote societal understanding, knowledge, and acceptance of blindness, deaf blindness, and sight loss.
  • Offer expert advice on environment, information, and technology accessibility for those with vision impairments and deaf blindness.

Supported by our for-purpose team

  • Uphold high-quality, cost-effective services led by well-trained, diverse staff, emphasising growth and recognition.
  • Foster a culture attuned to our clients’ needs, valuing knowledge-sharing, and learning.
  • Lead practices reflecting our clients’ needs and aspirations.
  • Foster a culture of open communication and transparency.
  • Grow individual and community support through donations and legacies.

Our objectives: the 2024-2028 focus

Support Services

Expand and refine our support services to effectively meet the unique needs of individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision.

Education and Training

Deliver impactful training programs, equipping clients, as well as their families and support networks, with the skills and knowledge for enhanced independence and community inclusion.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Proactively collaborate with external stakeholders and clients, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment and involving those we serve in decisions that affect them.

Policy advocacy

Campaign for policies and practices in our communities that foster accessibility and inclusion for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision, aiming for tangible improvements in their daily lives.

Awareness and future-focus

Increase awareness about vision health and proactively communicate, ensuring support is within reach for New Zealanders at all stages of their lives.

Accessible formats

Download the full strategic plan and research outline documents

Strategic Plan 2024-2028

Strategic Plan Large Print (Word doc).

Strategic Plan Large Print (PDF).

Strategic Plan e-Text (TXT file).

Strategic Plan: Braille (BRF file, coming soon!).

Strategic Plan: Telephone Information Service: TIS m316. Find your local TIS number on the Library Services webpage.

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Research insights

Research insights Large Print (Word doc).

Research insights Large Print (PDF).

Research insights e-Text (TXT file).

Research insights: Braille (BRF file, coming soon!).

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