Maxine - past Chairperson Angel Eyes NI

I first became aware of Angel Eyes NI in December 2008 and in that short time I have seen it grow from strength to strength.  I am married with two children, one of whom has a visual impairment. I have found Angel Eyes events a place where I have been given encouragement, information  and support.  Simply meeting up with other parents and hearing their stories helps me to see there are others who are going through similar emotions, trials and fears.  I have become better informed, better equipped and less fearful of the journey ahead. As a teacher, I am passionate about raising awareness within education concerning the needs of visually impaired children, and the inportance of parents being fully involved in the education process.  Education is a major concern for many parents and finding a school that is suitable with an inclusive ethos is not always easy.  However, there is so much we can do as parents if we are informed.  Angel Eyes NI can provide some of that information or tell you who else might be able to help.  This can be the little things like providing a black plate for cereal and milk, knowing where to borrow large print books or finding the best solution for making the computer accessible for your child.  I have found the parent information days invaluable and would encourage you to come along to any in the future. Angel Eyes can help support you and your family, lobby where necessary, and help  to be a voice for parents of visually impaired children.

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