Since 85 percent of all early learning occurs through vision, children who are born with (or acquire in early childhood) blindness or low vision are at greater risk for developmental delays and communicative disorders.
The Blind-Low Vision (BLV) Early Intervention Program will ensure that families receive the services and resources they need to support the healthy development of their child from birth until school entry.
Family Support Workers support families throughout the diagnostic process, and are available to provide family support, service coordination and counselling as needed during the child’s involvement in the program.
Early Childhood Vision Consultants from CNIB or Surrey Place Centre provide in-home service delivery focusing on helping parents support the development of their child.
Early Childhood Vision Consultants assist child care providers to understand and respond to the needs of children living with visual impairment who are integrated into early learning and child care settings.
Family Support Workers and Early Childhood Vision Consultants offer workshops, presentations and parent education sessions regarding developmental milestones for vision, visual disorders and support services.
* Visual impairment defined by:
Note: Although a child needs a diagnosis from an ophthalmologist to receive services, parents with concerns about their child’s vision can receive assistance in obtaining a diagnosis. They may also receive support while awaiting a formal diagnosis.
Referrals are also accepted by phone.