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1.        Chairperson of the Education and ECD Committee

Susan Bam

Blind SA

Cell: 079 871 6628

Email: susanmbam@gmail.com

 

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://www.wonderbaby.org/

HELPING YOUR BABY REACH GREATER WONDERS

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

e)    Hadley School for the Blind – Perkins e-Learning home page

https://www.perkinselearning.org/content/hadley-school-blind

Online courses for consumers or family members. Courses on specific eye conditions, braille, technology.

 

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