Submission to the NDIA: Supporting Young Children and Families Early, to Reach their Full Potential

This submission highlights opportunities to improve system settings for people who are blind or have low vision as part of the planned reset of their Early Childhood, Early Intervention process. In particular, it notes that some children have not been given access to supports because they were awaiting medical diagnosis or because developmental delay couldn’t be demonstrated. Early intervention is especially important for children with vision loss, and developmental delay could be avoided by a system which acknowledged this. While the intention for Early Childhood partners to perform independent assessments for children with vision loss could allow them to be assessed by experts in their disability, the submission also highlights the importance of testing the proposed assessment tools before rollout, as in the general scheme.

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