Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program
The Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life. Specialized family-centred services are funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and are available for children from birth to school entry. The program provides education and support for parents so they can encourage the healthy development of their children. Parents learn to help their children develop the skills they need for daily activities at home and in early learning and care settings.
Without special support from an early age, a child who is blind or has low vision may have trouble learning to talk, explore and make friends when he or she begins school. A child who is blind or has low vision is at significant risk for difficulties in all areas of development including:
- Communication and language
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Understanding and thought processes
- Social skills
- Emotional development
- Self help
With the right intervention from skilled professionals, parents can learn how to encourage the healthy development of their children and help them learn the skills they need to succeed in school.
Funded by the Government of Ontario.