Links

The links on this page are a collection of web sites you might find useful as a parent of a vision impaired child. If you find a site you think we should add to this page please contact us.

Support

Blind Foundation
The website of the New Zealand Blind Foundation. Providing practical and emotional support for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, helping them face the future with confidence.

Parent 2 Parent
Parent 2 Parent is a nationwide support group of parents who have children with special needs. They have much success in matching parents who have children with similar needs. The National Office is in Hamilton.

The Albinism Trust of New Zealand
The Albinism Trust are there to help, assist , advise and advocate for you. You have support from fellow albinos.

NZORD – New Zealand Organisation of Rare Disorders
This website has links to many international sites containing information concerning rare disorders. This site is the New Zealand link.

Kiwi Families
Kiwi Families is New Zealand’s largest parenting website where members can obtain information about parenting, family-friendly places to eat out, birthday party ideas and much more.

CVI Scotland
CVI Scotland are devoted to helping people understand Cerebral Visual Impairments (known as CVI) and together working towards developing the understanding of this complex condition.

Health

New Zealand Association of Optometrists
Parents might like to visit the New Zealand Association of Optometrists website. There is very good information available for parents regarding children’s vision.

Education

Ministry of Education
The official Ministry of Education website. Good information, easy to use.

BLENNZ
This takes you to the BLENNZ website. This is the official website of the Blind and Low Vision Network of New Zealand. Well worth the visit!

BANZAT (The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust)
Information abut the Braille Authority, a trust established to support the use of braille in New Zealand.

Funding

Halberg Trust
The Halberg Trust aims to support all children with a disability if they want to be involved in active leisure or recreation of their choice, alongside their peers in an inclusive environment.

Variety Club
The Variety Club may be able to provide financial assistance for children with special needs. I have found them most supportive and helpful in the past.

Equipment

Magnifiers New Zealand Ltd
100% New Zealand owned and operated supplier of magnification products, boasting the largest range of magnifiers in the country.

Humanware
The official website of Humanware, excellent products available for both Low Vision and Blind users.

Hungry Fingers
This website has very good examples of excellent tactile toys. High educational value, great for parents to learn from.

Quantum Technology
This website has good information on new Mountbatten training resources. Worth visiting if your child uses braille.

Overseas

National Association of Parents of Vision Impaired USA
The National Association of Parents of Vision Impaired USA. Very similar to PVI New Zealand only on a larger scale.

Texas School for the Blind and Vision Impaired
The Texas School for the Blind and Vision Impaired is a leading educational facility. Excellent information and links to other places.