Children who have visual impairments are at greater risk of developmental delays and communication challenges. Early intervention helps young children who have visual impairment build their capacity to meet development and communication goals.
In our Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program, we know that parents are their child’s best teacher and resource for support. We work collaboratively to help increase families’ and parents’ understanding of their child’s visual impairment to advocate for and support their child’s learning from birth to school age.
The program includes the following components:
- In-home appointments
- Early learning and childcare centre consultation
- Professional consultation and collaboration
- Attending ophthalmology appointments with the family
- Written reports, assessments and Family Service Plans
Our Early Childhood Vision Consultants work closely with families, parents and providers to identify priority goals and create accessible environments for the child, including familiar settings such as the home and early learning centres.
To be eligible for this program, a client must have a visual impairment that meets one or more of the following criteria:
- A potential visual acuity of no better than 20/70 in the better eye after correction (estimation of acuity is acceptable for difficult-to-test children)
- Visual field restrictions to 20 degrees or less
- Reduced visual abilities due to neurological issues including cortical/cerebral visual impairment, delayed visual maturation, or hemianopsia