Date
14 October 2019

Organisations, programmes and resources

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identifying needs and strengths, and accessing support’

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Connect to specialist agencies

Connect to specialist agencies

Utilise the expertise of local and national agencies.

Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

Most students with low vision in New Zealand are supported by the Blind and Low Vision Education Network or BLENNZ.

BLENNZ is a school made up of a national network of educational services for students who are blind, deafblind or have low vision.

A student can be referred to BLENNZ when they have see an ophthalmologist who identifies that they are eligible for services from BLENNZ. 

When a student is enrolled with BLENNZ, a Resource Teacher of Vision (RTV) is assigned to the student and their family. This RTV works in partnership with the student, the family, the class teacher and the RNZFB child, youth and family worker. Together they work to support the student’s learning.

Blind Foundation

Blind Foundation

Blind Foundation Child and Family worker, Gary Veenstra, talks about his role supporting students with low vision and their parents and whānau.

Note the Blind Foundation was formally called the RNZFB.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

Publisher: BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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Website

Children and youth

Read time: 42 min

Publisher: Blind Foundation

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Website

Information for teaching children and young people

Read time: 4 min

Publisher: Blind Foundation

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

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