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At NCBI, our aim is to provide you with information, advice and support to understand your child’s sight loss, the impact on their development and how to support them to reach their potential. Whether you are a parent, relative or professional working with a child with sight loss, NCBI is here for you during all life stages, offering a broad range of experience and knowledge delivered through our professionally trained staff.
Information and advice
We will provide you with information and advice on common eye conditions in childhood, how to access educational supports, details about how to confirm your child’s vision impairment, what this means and how to qualify.
Support for families and professionals
We will provide you with support in relation to helping you understand your child’s sight loss, building strategies to maximise your child’s learning opportunities, peer support, assessments, advice with assistive technology.
NCBI offers a range of assessments including:
- Functional Vision,
- Cortical Vision Impairment,
- Orientation and Mobility,
- Independent Living Skills,
- Assistive Technology and
We offer individual and group based training workshops focussed on developing compensatory skills such as Mobility, Independent Living, Social Skills, Visual/Sensory Efficiency, Self-Determination, Independent Travel and Assistive Technology.
NCBI supports and collaborates with all services working with children and young people who are blind or visually impaired to make recommendations that ensure the children learn the skills and receive instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
In 2017 NCBI launched a bursary for students entering into or currently in third level education. The annual bursary is to the value of €3,000 per annum, with €1,500 available for a male student and €1,500 for a female student. This sum will be paid annually for up to four years, giving the students a total contribution of up to €6,000 towards their education. In addition, NCBI will offer a 6-month internship to one of the bursary recipients annually, helping them to gain work experience and giving them a chance to further prepare for employment.
The bursary has been renamed The Gerard Byrne Bursary Fund for 2018. Below you will find links to full information on the bursary and an application form for anyone who is interested.
For further information on our services to children, contact NCBI today on Tel: 01 830 7033 or email [email protected]