DeafBlind Awareness week runs from 25 June to 1 July, 2017.
DeafBlindness or dual sensory experience is as unique and diverse as our learners. Our young people can have varying degrees of vision and hearing; however the combined effect can present distinctive challenges with access, communication, orientation and mobility and connection to the wider world. Raising awareness is the first step to understanding.
For more information about DeafBlind Awareness check out Deafblind UK and Deafblind Scotland.
It has been a hugely exciting day for BLENNZ. We have now become a prescribed body under the Copyright Regulations which will help us to provide accessible copies of books and resources, meeting the educational needs of our ākonga.
Also New Zealand is to join the Marrakesh Treaty. This is an international treaty to improve access to written materials for blind and visually impaired New Zealanders. Read more about The Marrakesh Treaty on the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website.
At BLENNZ we are fortunate to have an incredible team who work to support ākonga, parents, families and whānau around New Zealand, in a range of settings. People who are essential within this team are our support staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our organisation runs smoothly. They make it possible for us to provide services to our learners and we are truly grateful for everything that they do. Today we celebrate the support they provide to our nationwide team.
Wikimedia Commons Image Credits: Moeezrox30 – “Thank You!”