The â€˜New Parentâ€™ Workshop Series will provide information and access to peer support for parents who are new to raising a blind child.
Parents with blind or visually impaired children of any age can attend monthly workshops on a variety of topics such as: orientation & mobility, self-directed discovery, importance of braille literacy, how to optimize the vision a child has, social skill development, funding sources available to blind children, assistive technology options, sports and recreation opportunities, daily living skills, organizational techniques, parenting skills, and looking ahead to the future.
Following each workshop, parents can participate in a Support Group meeting facilitated by a registered clinical counsellor. As a drop-in program, parents can attend the topics that are of relevance and interest to them. Child-care allowance will be offered to help reduce barriers to participation.
New parents can also be matched with Support Parents who have experience raising a blind child and can provide ongoing peer support and guidance.