New Zealand Blind Organisations Statement Re: COVID 19 – the way we are going to get through this is together.

Blind Consumer Organisations across Aotearoa, New Zealand are working collaboratively to support Kiwis living with sight loss during the COVID-19 crisis.

Together we are committed to connecting with our networks, checking in and offering support where needed. We know many people who are blind, deafblind, low vision or vision-impaired have limited or no access to technology so it is critical for us, and the organisations we work with, to check-in on the health and wellbeing of our clients and members who maybe feeling more isolated at this time.

We are here to support all Kiwis living with sight loss and if that applies to you, please know that you are not alone. Contact us or an organisation we work with for support:

Albinism NZ http://www.albinism.nz/ 

Blind Citizens NZ https://blindcitizensnz.org.nz/ 0800 222 6940 or Rose Wilkinson: rwilkinson@abcnz.org.nz, 021 222 6940

Blind Low Vision NZ https://blindlowvision.org.nz/  0800 24 33 33

Blind Sport New Zealand https://www.blindsport.kiwi/ (09) 930 1579

Deafblind Association NZ  http://www.deafblindassociation.nz/ 0800 450 650

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand https://kapomaori.com/ 0800 770 990

NZ VIEW Inc Nadene McClay: National Administrator, enzviewinc@gmail.com, 021 828 728 or Janet Palmer: National President, karoripalmer@gmail.com

Parents of Vision Impaired (PVI) https://pvi.org.nz/ Rebekah Graham: rgraham@pvi.org.nz, 022 621 5740

Retina NZ (including Retina Youth) https://retina.org.nz/ 0800 569 849   

Support and Education for our Youth, their Families and Friends (SEYFF) danielcurran88@gmail.com