When a child is born with a visual impairment, or they acquire one through illness or injury, it can be challenging to know where to begin for support and skill development.

Our children’s 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 skills and build their self-esteem. If a child in your care is blind or has low vision, our specialists can work with you through the various stages of your child’s development. Together, we will support you and your child to develop skills and strategies to help them make their way confidently in the world.  By teaching necessary developmental skills when the child is young, they are well equipped for transitioning to adult life.

We also work closely with other service providers including:

Parents of Vision Impaired NZ Inc (PVI) is a non-profit organisation made up of parents committed to providing support to other parents of children who are blind or vision impaired – and who often have additional complications and disabilities. The PVINZ mission is: “Supporting and Empowering Parents and Whanau.”

Executive Officer – Rebekah Graham

022 621 5740

rgraham@pvi.org.nz

pvi.org.nz

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.

0800 BLENNZ (0800 253 669)

info@blennz.school.nz

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is a kaupapa Maori national provider of health and disability services based upon Maori philosophies, principles and practices. You can contact Kāpō Māori Aotearoa on 0800 770 990.