What you need to know
We are still here to provide practical and emotional support for people who are blind or have low vision.
Blind Low Vision NZ has been classed as an essential service and we can continue to provide a vital role in the disability sector for Kiwis living with sight loss to keep doing the things they need and want to do in life.
The health and safety of our community is our number one priority so the large majority of our employees are now working from home and delivering service remotely.
Services that have been identified as essential are: Accessible Format Services, Equipment Solutions, Guide Dogs, Library and National Contact Centre. Employees will have access to offices to keep these services running following extra health and safety practices such as keeping two metres apart. Many of these services will be limited until we are out of alert level 4 so we can reduce the amount of people working in our offices, play our part in stopping the virus spread and keep our employees and community safe.
All of our remaining services will continue to operate remotely, however with the understanding that they will require an adjustment in terms of the ways and means in which we can achieve our objectives. These services include: Orientation and Mobility, Adaptive Daily Living, Functional Low Vision Assessment, Adaptive Communication and Adaptive Technology Services, Counselling, Recreation, Deaf Blind, Fundraising, Children’s and Independent Living Skills, Pacific Services, Primary Service Provider, Policy and Advocacy, and Employment Services.
Blind and low vision organisations across New Zealand are uniting against COVID-19 and working collaboratively to reach Kiwis living with sight loss in these unprecedented times.
We know many people who are blind, deafblind, or low vision have limited or no access to technology so it is critical for us, and the organisations we work with, to check-in on the health and wellbeing of our clients and members who maybe feeling more isolated at this time.
We are here to support all Kiwis living with sight loss and if that applies to you, please know that you are not alone. Call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – our National Contact Centre have extended their hours from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, while we are at alert level 4.
- Tips for navigating COVID-19 from a blind and low vision perspective.
- Blind and low vision organisations across New Zealand have united against COVID-19 – read our collective statement.
- Keep up to date with the latest developments on the COVID-19 government page.
- Information for people with disabilities from the Ministry of Health.