The Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program provides
services to children who are blind or have low vision
and their families in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent
Ontario’s 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-centered services are funded by the province and are available for children from birth to Grade 1.
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.
A child who is blind or has low vision is at a 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
When Children are diagnosed with blindness or low vision, a referral can be made to the local Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program by a physician, ophthalmologist, optometrist, parent or caregiver.
The Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program offers three types of services:
Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Programs are provided by the following system partners:
- Connections Early Years Family Centre (Lead agency)
- CNIB – Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario