Nearly 85% of a child’s early learning occurs through vision. Children who are born with (or acquire in early childhood) blindness or low vision are at greater risk for developmental delays and communicative disorders. With access to the Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program, families with children who are blind or have low vision are given the resources they need to support the healthy development of their child in the first years of life, from birth until they enter Grade 1.
The Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program provides service to children from birth to school entry, who are blind or have vision loss. The program supports children residing in the York and Durham Regions, Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton Counties and City of Kawartha Lakes.
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and offered through Oak Valley Health, the program provides support and education to families, childcare providers and other team members in the home and community setting. Children participating in the Blind-Low Vision Program will be offered early childhood vision consultation as well as family support services to help children achieve their optimal potential.
Oak Valley Health
Oak Valley Health has received funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services under the Best Start Strategy to offer these services across York, Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge regions.
The Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program builds on the existing resources in our community. Partnerships have been developed with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario, Surrey Place, Infant Development and early intervention services, as well as the network of paediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists and physicians across the Region.
Eligibility criteria and referral process
Click here to visit Oak Valley Health’s Child Development Program website to learn about eligibility criteria and how to submit a referral to the Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program.