Working together for a better future for our children
You may have heard of Child Vision before. They work with blind and multi-disabled children to help meet their educational and therapeutic needs. They make a huge difference in the lives of so many families, and the garden party was their way of saying thank you to their donors, supporters and staff, who make it all possible.
I have been lucky enough to have worked with Child Vision and seen firsthand the work they do and the tireless dedication of Brian Allen, Ruth Hickey, Dermot McCrum and the wider team of staff and supporters bring to their work. There is a constant growth in the demand for the excellent services which they provide and no group fights harder to get the extra resources they need to provide the level and quality of support that children need.
The core belief of Child Vision is that every child with sight loss and other disabilities is encouraged to achieve everything they can.
For over 100 years Child Vision has been Ireland’s Education Centre for Blind Children. It currently supports hundreds of children and their families in a variety of ways.
- Providing services on campus including preschool, primary school, Integrated Post Primary school, library services among many others.
- Runs Ophthalmology and low vision clinics.
- A Braille Production team which started 12 years ago with 4 staff producing 52 transcriptions in Braille and large print for 17 students and has grown to the extent that in 2015 a staff of 26 produced 3,586 transcriptions for 789 students.
These are just a few examples of the many services that Child Vision offer. The work they do is truly inspirational. Their record of achievement is matched only by their plans for the future.
Over the last number of years we, as a country and a people, have started to emerge from the economic crisis that engulfed us. It is true that we will face challenges in the years ahead, Brexit of course, but I hope that our economic recovery continues to strengthen and that the resources available to support the work of Child Vision will grow.
I hope that I will be able to continue to work closely, in whatever capacity I can, with Child Vision to help those involved grow the services they provide and help the children, young adults and their families which are at the very heart of everything that this organisation does.
If you’d like to find out more, check out Child Vision’s website.
If you’d like to see some of the pictures from the event, I have an album up on my Facebook page.