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 Every BLENNZ learner is well prepared to achieve in life.
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.