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.
“My daughter Elena has a severe case of CHARGE syndrome, a complex genetic syndrome that involves extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. Elena is Deafblind among other challenges, and as such, we were referred to Surrey Place’s Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program. Although Elena is legally blind, she has some functioning peripheral vision remaining, which is why we were looking to support her developing vision. Susan, our Early Childhood Vision Consultant at Surrey Place, has gone above and beyond for our family by researching toy… READ MOREAndreea M.
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.