BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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BLENNZ Southland

December 15, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Chill standing on the side of the road, holding his cane, watching and listening as a red car moves past him

Figure 1 – Tait is watching the road to make sure it is safe to cross

Over the past year BLENNZ Southland have embraced the new BLENNZ Developmental Orientation and Mobility Model and have actively included this in day to day practice.

We believe that, with appropriate training and support from a DOM Specialist, RTVs are able to assist learners to develop their orientation and mobility skills in tangible and practical ways. Continue Reading →

BLENNZ Outdoor Learning Environment

December 12, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Plan showing Homai Campus Outdoor Learning Environment Development Plan with Active Learning area, Bike storage and tactile wall, covered area and ball court, pedestrian path, reflective garden, native plantation, amphitheatre, sports field, vegetable and herb garden, egg 'sound shell' and spinning top, fitness stations, propagation shed, storage and compost bins, rope, net climbing frame and obstacle course

Figure 1 – Landscape Concept Plan – BLENNZ Homai Campus Outdoor Learning Environment Development

Six people including BoT chair, principal and manager of school and residential sitting outside at BLENNZ Homai Campus at a picnic table with the plans on the table.

Figure 2 – The BoT chair and others displaying the plans

On the 14th November the diggers rolled onto the campus to begin the construction of the BLENNZ Outdoor Learning Environment.

The design is the result of Jill Rice, an experienced landscape designer, working closely with BLENNZ staff to create a unique environment to support the learning of all BLENNZ ākonga coming onto the campus. Continue Reading →