When a child is born with a visual impairment, or acquires one through illness or injury, his or her parents may feel shocked, bewildered and frightened. Learning new skills can be challenging.
Our Parent and Child Enrichment (PACE) programme is designed to enable families to adjust to sight loss, as well as to help the child develop vital short and long-term life-centred skills and build self-esteem. If a child in your care is blind or has low vision, the PACE team (which includes the Child and Family Social Worker and the Independent Life Skills Specialist) will work with you through each stage of your child’s development. Together, we’ll make sure you and your child has the support, skills and strategies to help your child make their way confidently in the world. By the time your child leaves school, they will have all the self-help skills they need to succeed as a young adult.
We also work closely with other service providers including:
Parents of Vision Impaired NZ Inc (PVI) is a non-profit organisation of parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. Their aim is to achieve the best opportunities for their children. The PVINZ mission is: “Supporting and Empowering Parents and Whanau.”
(04) 293 8236 or 0274 402 073
Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) a school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children and young people who are Blind, Deafblind or have low vision in New Zealand. To enable learners who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to reach their full potential, BLENNZ provides quality education and specialist teaching services in partnership with whānau, educators and the wider community[LG1] .
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is a kaupapa Maori national provider of health and disability services based upon Maori philosophies, principles and practices. You can find more info on how to contact Kāpō Māori Aotearoa below.