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Blind-Low Vision Program

Children’s Centre Thunder Bay is the lead agency in the District of Thunder Bay for the Ontario Blind-Low Vision Program. This program provides services with funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services at no additional cost to families. Infants and children up to grade one, who have been diagnosed with blindness or low vision are eligible for this program.


The Blind-Low Vision Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life through specialized, family-centred services.


Family Support Service includes the involvement of a Family Support Worker, who will help the family understand the implications of the diagnosis, and help them to make informed decisions about support services. Family Support Service also provides education and support for parents so that they can encourage the healthy development of their children. Parents will learn to help their children develop the skills they need for daily activities at home, daycare or care settings, and at school.


Intervention Services are provided by an Early Childhood Vision Consultant (ECVC), with specialized training in early childhood blindness/low vision. The consultant teaches parents how to support their child’s development in the following areas:


  • Intentional movement (orientation and mobility)
  • Development of motor skills (e.g. rolling, reaching, crawling, walking, and use of hands to manipulate and explore objects)
  • Daily living skills (e.g. eating, dressing, toileting)
  • Concept development (e.g. object identification, function, and characteristics)
  • Social and emotional development
  • Language and communication development
  • How to make the most of residual vision
  • How to use all of the senses to promote development


A physician, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or parent/caregiver can make a referral.


For more information, or to make a referral for services, please call the Access Network at 1-855-486-5037, or Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.


Click here for a general overview of Ontario's Blind - Low Vision Early Intervention Program.


For more detailed information about available services, follow the following links:


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