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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.

Markham Stouffville Hospital has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth 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 CNIB, the Ontario Foundation for Visually Impaired Children, infant development and early intervention services as well as the network of paediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists, and physicians across the Region.

How to Refer

If you live in the region and have concerns about your child’s vision, please contact us.

Blind Low Vision Fact Sheet