Thank you for taking the first step to help blind children, just like Liam, live a better life.
Two-year-old Liam was born with Cone Rod Dystrophy, which affects both his eyes. It is a genetic disease that results in severe sight impairment due to the loss of the light sensitive cells of the retina.
Liam lives with his mum and dad, both parents have learning difficulties and have found it very challenging to cope with a new baby with severe sight loss.
It was only when Liam’s Grandmother reached out for support from RSBC’s Family Support Service that the family found hope for Liam’s future. Together they started their journey to understand Liam’s sight loss, adapting and building the self-belief that they could live beyond it.
“Our Family Support Worker has been a God send to us. Right from the start, she has been there for us, helping us to cope emotionally and bring the best out of Liam. She always listens and never judges. She has shown us how to play with Liam, stimulate his senses, including the little vision that he is left with… I don’t know where we would be without her help.”
Fortunately we could be there for Liam and his family, but thousands more families are still going through this alone.
What happens when families are left alone to cope with their child’s sight loss diagnosis?
Many people expect the state will step in to help, but the sad truth is that we cannot rely on national or local government organisations to change this fate.
Without the right early-years support, the reality for many blind children is that they will struggle to achieve their dreams.
- 90% of those who lose their sight in youth will never work for more than six months in their lives
- One in four vision impaired children under twelve are depressed
- Blind and partially sighted eleven year olds are twice as likely to be bullied at school as their sighted peers
- Two out of five blind children have no local friends to play with
- Nearly 70% of blind and partially sighted young people are living on the poverty line.
We are on a mission to make sure every single blind child has the self-belief and skills to fulfil the potential we know they’ve got. Will you join us?
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