An introduction to BLENNZ services
The Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) is a school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in New Zealand.
Our vision is Equity through access: opening doors so all may learn
Who can access BLENNZ services
- Blind and low vision children and young people from birth to 21, or to the end of their schooling
- Parents and whanau
- Teachers, teacher aides, education support workers and others involved in the education of the child or young person
What services are offered
National Assessment and Teaching Services
- BLENNZ Visual Resource Centres – the home base of the itinerant resource teachers of vision
- National Assessment Service
- BLENNZ Developmental Orientation & Mobility (DOM)
- Immersion courses
- Links to Homai Early Childhood Centre
- Research and development
- Development of the National Plan
- Development of the Expanded Core Curriculum
- Programmes of professional development
- Innovation in assistive technology
- Planning and future forecasting
- Library and information services in conjunction with RNZFB
Homai School and Residential Services in Auckland
The Homai Campus School is a specialist school for blind & low vision children & young people and including those with additional disabilities. There are four different programmes within the school:
- The Rimu Unit
- The Tui Unit
- The Homai Campus School Satellite Class at James Cook High School
- Kick Start transition programme
Homai Residential Services provide residential placements for students who meet the criteria and attend either:
Homai Special Formats Library (Blind Foundation)
The Homai Special Formats Library is a national library service for younger readers. Its collections include:
- Collage books. Sturdy, hard-covered picture books with large print and braille text and bright, bold collage illustrations.
- Braille books. Fiction, non-fiction and textbooks for all ages. Many are illustrated with thermoform pictures.
- Twin vision picture books with clear plastic braille over the original print or with clear plastic braille pages inserted between the original print pages.
- Talking books recorded on audio cassettes. Fiction, non-fiction and textbooks for all ages.
- Large print books in 18 point font. Mostly fiction for ages 9 to 16.