Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program
The Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program provides services to children who are blind or have low vision, and their families. Working in partnership, Toronto Public Health, CNIB and Surrey Place Centre teach parents/caregivers to help support their child’s healthy development.
The program provides assessment, consultation, intervention, education, and support to families and children. Services for children from birth to age 6 are offered in the child’s home, childcare, and community settings.
Our goal is to support families to help their children to develop to their optimal potential.
Family Support Workers provide service coordination, counselling and family support, as needed, while your child is receiving Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program services.
Early Childhood Vision Consultants (ECVCs) support families and professionals to better understand their child’s visual impairment and to maximize their developmental potential. Consultations take place in the home or community setting.
Who Can Receive These Services
The Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program services are available to families who meet the following criteria:
- live in the City of Toronto with a postal code starting with the letter “M” (example: M3B XXX)
- are concerned about their child’s vision (for children birth to six years old)
- have a child who has been diagnosed* with blindness or low vision including cortical visual impairment
- referrals may be made by parent/caregiver (self-referral) or by any professionals working with the child (with parental consent) by calling 416-338-8255 or by completing the referral form
* we also support families of children waiting for a diagnosis.