Date
20 June 2024

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 and the class teacher to support the student’s learning.

Blind Low Vision NZ

Blind Low Vision NZ

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

Note: Blind Low Vision NZ was formally called the Blind Foundation.

Blind Sport NZ's accessible sports equipment

Blind Sport NZ's accessible sports equipment

The Accessible Sport Kit includes a range of accessible sports equipment, manual and teacher’s resource. It can be borrowed free of charge.

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