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Supporting Vision Impaired Children: What’s Involved? Free Webinar 6 April, 2022

The futures of children and younger patients who are blind or have low vision can be profoundly impacted by early referral to services and support. Vision Australia is on hand to partner with you in the care of your younger vision impaired patients.

Find out about Vision Australia’s services, and how they support children and young people at a free webinar, on Wednesday 6 April from 7pm AEST.

Vision Australia is like his second family, and thanks to them, he is very independent. Now he says, ‘I want to do it by myself, don’t help me’.  (Mother of a vision impaired child)

The diagnosis of an eye condition in a child can be a confronting time for all involved: the child, practitioner, parents and family. Despite the apparent challenges of such a diagnosis, it’s important to remember comprehensive services and support are available. Vision Australia and paediatric professionals are ready to work in collaboration with children and their parents. The support and services they provide are centred on helping children reach their full potential as they change over time.

Support for Children and their Families

Recognising that much of what a child learns is through watching, children with vision loss need to gather information about their world in different ways, and parents are their first and favourite teacher.

At Vision Australia, families are offered a personalised approach and innovative solutions tailored to the needs of their child. These solutions are provided by low vision specialists such as orthoptists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, orientation and mobility specialists, access technology specialists and early childhood teachers.

School and Beyond

When they commence school, students who are blind or have low vision may need to develop an array of disability-specific skills in order to fully access and engage with the school curriculum. These additional skills are known as the Expanded Core Curriculum. The Expanded Core Curriculum recognises that students with low vision may encounter barriers to learning, such as information that is only presented in a visual way. To address this, the Expanded Core Curriculum provides for the teaching of a range of skills and knowledge to enable students to work around such barriers. The Extended Core Curriculum is taught by both a combination of Vision Australia expert staff and low vision teachers.

In later school years and beyond, Vision Australia has pioneered a leadership program specifically for young people aged between 14 and 18 years old who are preparing to tackle their personal and professional goals.

This is the time when families may be starting to have those first conversations about independence, employment, or further education, which sometimes can be challenging.

LEAP is a highly individualised and inclusive program that supports each young person – exactly as they need. Participants graduate LEAP with important skills in:
• Emotional intelligence,
• Use of technology,
• Friendships and teamwork,
• Job searching,
• Networking, and
• Personal presentation.

As part of LEAP, participants learn invaluable insights from several industry professionals and organisations.

The program also includes a one-on-one mentor conversation with a professional in the participant’s field of interest. This is a unique opportunity for participants to talk with an experienced professional who can give tailored career guidance.

Vision Australia’s Free Webinar

Eye care professionals are invited to find out more about Vision Australia’s services for children and young people at a free webinar on Wednesday 6 April at 7pm.

Register here.

To make an online referral, visit.
To talk to a low vision expert, contact: Vision Australia (AUS) 1300 847 466.

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