Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program
Joining together with families to support child learning
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.
Our Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program team works with families and parents to increase their understanding of their child’s visual impairment. We help build their capacity 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.
Starting April 1, 2022, Surrey Place will oversee the delivery and administration for the Toronto region. This service was previously managed by Toronto Public Health.
“Our family has had a wonderful experience with Surrey Place. Our two year old son has low vision and some possible developmental delays. Our early childhood vision consultant, Tara, has been our rock. She stepped in and not only educated us on our son’s condition, but also began guiding us to teach him things we weren’t even aware he was capable of. For example, he now knows where his own drawer is and can choose a bowl and cup. Tara is knowledgeable, compassionate, organized and professional. I truly believe our son’s development… READ MOREDana C.
Resources for Families & Caregivers
Early Vision Development Milestones – Discover early vision development milestones for your child during their early years and ways to recognize delay.
Child Development Webinar – Explains developmental milestones and how to know if your child needs additional support.