PVI Board of Directors respond to the 18 March announcement by Whaikaha and Minister’s comments.

25 March 2024 via email to Penny.Simmonds@parliament.govt.nz Minister Simmonds, I am writing on behalf of Parents of Vision Impaired NZ and our parents, families, and caregivers to express our collective disappointment, hurt, and distress over the comments made in the media[1] and in Question Time[2]. These statements were denigratory to the hard work that parents,… Continue Reading PVI Board of Directors respond to the 18 March announcement by Whaikaha and Minister’s comments.

Conference registrations closing soon!!

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Register for our 2023 Annual Conference and AGM – registrations close 18 September: https://forms.gle/GLoB398XPoPfd7mY9 Date: Friday 3 November – Sunday 5 November 2023Venue: Movenpick Hotel, Wellington The full conference package for parents includes the following: – Friday afternoon session  – Friday meet & greet (dinner at delegates own cost) – Full conference day Saturday (lunch provided) –… Continue Reading Conference registrations closing soon!!

NZ continues to breach the human rights of disabled children

Parents of Vision Impaired NZ (PVI): Press release 22 June 2023. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) rights tracker released their 2023 figures for Aotearoa New Zealand. They paint a sobering but not unsurprising picture of the grim realities facing families with a disabled family member. Parent members of Parents of Vision Impaired NZ (PVI)… Continue Reading NZ continues to breach the human rights of disabled children

Statement of Support

Parents of Vision Impaired NZ statement regarding calls by Kāpō Māori Aotearoa for the Royal New Zealand Foundation Of The Blind Board Of Directors to stand down. Parents of Vision Impaired NZ has had the privilege of working alongside Kāpō Māori Aotearoa over the past several decades. During this time Parents of Vision Impaired NZ… Continue Reading Statement of Support

When your vision impaired child starts school

When your child starts school for the first time parents often have a a lot of questions. When your child has a vision impairment navigating it all can feel overwhelming! PVI parent Clare lists some handy ideas and suggestions for parents whose blind, low vision, deaf-blind or vision impaired child is first starting school. Clare… Continue Reading When your vision impaired child starts school

Barriers in education for blind, low vision, deafblind, and vision impaired (kāpō) students

Undiagnosed vision impairments are far too often misinterpreted by educational staff as “behavioural challenges”[2]. While under-diagnosis of vision issues is a health system issue, educators can provide supportive and accessible environments for students, even in the absence of a formal diagnosis. Core barriers in education faced by kāpō (blind, deafblind, low vision and visually impaired)… Continue Reading Barriers in education for blind, low vision, deafblind, and vision impaired (kāpō) students

Parents of Vision Impaired NZ responds to IDEA Services complaints review.

Press release 27 October 2023 An eight month review undertaken by Barrister Rachael Schmidt-McCleave for Whaikaha of policies, processes, and practices for managing complaints about IDEA Services Limited was released today. You can real the report in full here: The review has found that there is a lingering culture of distrust with a fear of… Continue Reading Parents of Vision Impaired NZ responds to IDEA Services complaints review.

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