Requests from families for practical and emotional support are increasing all the time. So RNIB NI’s new publication “Looking ahead: a parent’s guide” is welcome news.
Rosaleen Dempsey, RNIB NI Children and families service manager, explains, “Our guide offers parents a useful starting point for answering some common questions – it’s user friendly and easy to understand. It’s full of hints and tips, information and useful contacts and will be particularly useful to parents following the initial diagnosis of their child's eye condition."
The guide includes information about emotional support, welfare advice, child and family focused events, confidence building, and support for children with complex needs.
Dad, Patrick Johnston, explains how RNIB NI have supported his son Cameron, who has had a vision impairment since birth. “When Cameron was struggling with his school swimming lessons we contacted RNIB. He wasn’t able to see the swimming teacher clearly. They organised one to one swimming tuition with a teacher who was trained to teach children with sight loss to swim. In no time he was able to join his school’s swimming class again. A large part of RNIB NI’s focus is supporting children with sight loss to join and stay in mainstream activities.”
Singer Andrea Begley attended the launch, as did young people’s band “Evie and the Short Straws” who recently took part in a musical summer scheme for blind and partially sighted children.