Our Vision, Your Impact: Client Services
Blind Low Vision NZ is dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with vision loss in New Zealand. You can help us continue to provide essential vision rehabilitation services and valuable emotional support to those in need.
From the earliest stages of life to the golden years, our clients face a variety of conditions, ranging from mild to severe. Conditions such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, and Cataracts affect countless individuals in our community. However, with your generous contribution, we can make a significant positive difference in their lives.
At Blind Low Vision NZ, our team of skilled specialists works tirelessly to empower our clients and help them achieve their goals. By partnering with us, you can play a vital role in enabling individuals with blindness or low vision to live life to the fullest. We take pride in tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of individuals, providing personalized strategies, products, and assistive technology that enhance their independence both at home and in the community.
Your donations directly contribute to our ongoing efforts positively impact thousands of New Zealanders. Together, we can continue to make a tangible difference and ensure that our blind and low vision community have the necessary support to thrive in their daily lives.
Join us in our mission to bring hope, independence, and a renewed sense of possibility to those in our community who are living with vision loss. Your generosity can make a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals and their families. Thank you for considering supporting Blind Low Vision NZ and being a part of this life-changing cause.
Meet Allan Jones
Father of two, grandfather of five, and great grandfather of one, Allan lives life to the full. His passions include music, especially folk tunes, playing around on his computer, and venturing out to a cosy café whenever he craves a decent cup of coffee.
Allan was born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare, inherited eye disorder which limits his sight to only being able to distinguish light from darkness. Learning to accept and embrace his condition from an early age has meant that he is able to navigate the world and indulge his interests. Frustration has no part in Allan’s busy life. After graduating from Victoria University with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and beginning his career as a psychiatric social worker, he successfully moved to London for three years in the vibrant 1970s.
Commitment to making a positive impact, Allan still dedicates six hours a week as a support worker, helping individuals facing challenging behaviors.
Allan’s relationship with our organization began when he was a young child of four, eager to learn braille and gain literacy. Over the years, he has found tremendous value in the support and technology we provide, allowing him to stay connected to the world around him. His trusty companions include his computer, iPhone, and Alexa, which he lovingly describes as “amazing pieces of technology.” The guidance our staff has given him on utilizing these devices has been a game-changer for Allan, enabling him to fully participate in the modern world. In his own words, “I can’t imagine going out without my cane and my iPhone. They are two incredibly important tools.” Allan’s trusty cane has been his loyal companion throughout his life, a reliable aid that empowers him on his daily adventures.