Molly is ready for mainstream school with support from RIDBC

17/01/14
Molly at her RIDBC graduation with RIDBC Consultant, Maria Lupton

Five year old Molly, who has vision loss, is preparing to go to a mainstream school after graduating from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

“Molly was diagnosed with vision loss when she was four months old. At that point we were told she would never be able to see,” said Molly’s mother, Carolyn. “It was so daunting.”

The family enrolled in RIDBC Early Learning Program (Vision Impairment).

“Molly has cerebral palsy and whilst there is nothing structurally wrong with her eyes, a bleed caused damage to a section of her brain. As the messages from her eyes have to pass through this area of the brain, her vision has been affected,” said Carolyn.

Since diagnosis, RIDBC has been providing fortnightly home visits to support the family.

“At five months of age, Molly gained some sight back and has continued to gain more since then. Now her vision loss is constantly changing so it’s been wonderful to have RIDBC there to change and adjust to Molly’s needs every step of the way,” said Carolyn.

RIDBC has been working with Molly’s new school, Holy Cross Helensburgh, to work out the best ways to support Molly.

“Molly’s vision tends to shut down in a large crowd as her brain doesn’t have time to process the information, so RIDBC has been thinking through strategies for her,” said Carolyn. “One of the preparations we are making is for Molly to have a buddy who is easily identifiable to her in the playground.

“RIDBC has also provided Molly’s new teachers with special guidelines – using large print, black print on white paper for contrast and making sure she is sitting at the front of the class and that there is no light in front of her creating glare.”

Carolyn now feels confident about Molly’s future.

“When we started on this journey with RIDBC five years ago we were totally overwhelmed. Now I feel so confident and so does Molly! I think that whatever obstacles come her way she won’t just jump over, she’ll fly!” said Carolyn. “Molly wouldn’t be the kid she is today without the support we’ve received from RIDBC – there are no two ways about it.”

RIDBC Early Learning Program (Vision Impairment) works with families of children with significant vision loss, from birth to five years of age.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia

 

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.