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1.        Chairperson of the Education and ECD Committee

Susan Bam
Cell: 079 871 6628

Chairperson ECD
chairperson.education@blindsa.org.za

2.        Parents’ Network Letter BlindSA

Family, teachers  and professionals who are interested in the development of children with visual impairment, can subscribe to this free quarterly network letter. It is also available in Xhosa – both electronically and audio. Send an email to the editor:  retha.work@gmail.com

3.        ECD resources/centres for VI children and their families

a)    EASTERN CAPE
  • Bona uBuntu Education Team

Team of teachers with training and knowledge in early education for VI children, early braille learning and advice for parents and organisations

Contact:

Robyn Fick – coordinator@bonaubuntu.org         or           082 928 1859

Shanice Human – itinerant@bonaubuntu.org       or           073 641 3734

  • Ukukhula ECD for VI Children

An ECD centre in Gqeberha providing preschool education specifically for VI children aged 3 – 6yrs.

For queries and enrolments:

ukukhulaecd@gmail.com              or           084 584 2851

  • Nkosinathi Foundation

Providing rehabilitation services, support groups for parents and ‘moms and tots’ groups for 0-3yr olds.

Contact:              041 487 1150

https://www.nkosinathifoundation.org/

b)    WESTERN CAPE
  • LOFOB (League of Friends of the Blind)

Providing homebased infant services, preschool programme, education & family support.

Contact:              021 705 3753

https://lofob.org.za/children/

c)    GAUTENG

Lucca Special School

Contact:              011 781 0952

http://www.luccaspecialkids.co.za/

d)    KWA-ZULU NATAL

Bright Eyes Centre

Bright Eyes Centre for visually impaired children is an early intervention centre caring for, educating and supporting visually impaired children and their families

Contact:              084 251 7754

http://www.brighteyes.co.za/

4.        Assistive Devices and Toys for Visually Impaired children

South African National Council for the Blind: SANCB

phone: +27 12 452 3811

Email: helpdesk@sancb.org.za, admin@sancb.org.za

https://sancb.org.za

5.        International websites with more ECD information

a)    National Federation of the Blind  (NFB)

https://www.nfb.org/resources/publications-and-media/future-reflections

“Future Reflections”  is an American magazine for parents of children with Visual Impairment.

On the NFB web page is also other information for parents.

b)    American Printing House for the Blind

https://familyconnect.org

https://familyconnect.org/?s=playing+with+toys

This comprehensive site “gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood.

c)    RNIB in the UK

https://www.rnib.org.uk/

Although we cannot share in most of their services, there is lots of information on all topics concerning blindness – also parents and blind toddlers. Just use the “search” link for the topic you need.

d)    WonderBaby.org

https://wonderbaby.org

HELPING YOUR BABY REACH GREATER WONDERS

Many topics are covered in articles – also written by parents.

e)   Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Paths to Literacy provides resources to teachers and schools supporting students who have disabilities, with a focus on the blind or visually impaired. Topics include General Literacy, Emergent Literacy, English Language Learners, and Mathematics. There are many resources for parents and teachers.

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f) Early Childhood Education Degree

In the realm of early childhood development, ensuring every child’s access to resources that facilitate their growth, learning, and exploration is paramount. For children who are blind or visually impaired, this mission takes on a special significance as they navigate a world primarily designed for sighted individuals.

“Whether you are a dedicated parent, a passionate educator, a concerned healthcare professional, or an advocate for inclusive education, this comprehensive guide aims to illuminate the pathways that lead to a brighter future for these remarkable young individuals. Join us as we uncover a multitude of resources, techniques, and organizations that stand ready to empower blind children and ensure they thrive in their early childhood experiences.”

These are US degrees, but the page has multiple resources as indicated above.

http://www.earlychildhoodeducationdegree.org/blind-visually-impaired-resources/

g)   Visio – Netherlands

“Visio strongly believes in the importance of sharing its knowledge about partially sighted or blind people who may also be encumbered with additional limitations. That is why we have developed various books, reports and DVDs. These are suitable for parents and caregivers, professionals or other interested parties. There are also various sections about visual impairment and multi-disabilities.

The publications can be ordered directly by filling in an order form.

https://www.visio.org/en-gb/home/webshop