VIEWS For The Visually Impaired is a non-profit provincial support and advocacy organization, working with other stakeholders, advocating for and providing opportunities to assist Children, Youth & Young Adults who have low vision or are blind in reaching their full potential. VIEWS helps families receive the information, resources and support that they require.
VIEWS For The Visually Impaired educates policy makers, families and the public about the abilities and needs of children, youth & young adults who have low vision or are blind.
Our mandate includes:
- Advocating to ensure that Children, Youth & Young Adults who have low vision or are blind in our province, receives the support of a Specialist Teacher of the Blind, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Transcriber and Educational Assistant in their school, as mandated by P.P.M. 76C.
- Promoting the necessity of the implementation of the Essential Skills for Accessibility, as identified by Dr. Phil Hatlen, that it be taught to all children, youth and young adults who have low vision or are blind in our province. These skills include literacy, numeracy, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, independent living, recreation, personal management, leisure, social, career, life management, visual efficiency and self-determination skills. These are written into the IEP as an alternative Program.
- Supporting Short Term Programs, in partnership with W. Ross Macdonald School, to work on specific skills for children, youth, or young adults who have low vision or are blind and their families.
- Encouraging educational opportunities for professionals, paraprofessionals and our children, especially in math, science and music Braille.
- In partnership with the Ministry of Education and CNIB, creating an implementation plan and learning opportunities for teachers, in Unified English Braille (UEB), which is the Braille code recently adopted by the Canadian Braille Authority (CBA).
- Creating and nurturing partnerships with organizations, educators and researchers to improve opportunities and standards for children, youth, or young adults who have low vision or are blind.
- Hosting workshops for members and the community interested in learning more about the abilities and needs of children, youth, or young adults who have low vision or are blind.
- Assessing and evaluating programs currently in place, for our children, to ensure that high quality standards are met and maintained. Advocating for equality in services for our children, youth & young adults in all areas of the Province of Ontario.
- Advocating for increased access to reading materials in Braille (uncontracted and contracted), tactile and large print formats.
A copy of the VIEWS bylaws can be found here.