DAN Duffy was only six weeks old when his parents Jane and Jonathon were told he had low vision.
They wondered how it would affect his development, but with early intervention and a range of support Dan will next year start school at Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School (OLHC).
Helping him in the classroom will be specialist Vision Australia technology, which will magnify and enhance writing, books and other classroom resources and enable him to see details he normally couldn’t.
The equipment was made possible through a Western District Employment Access (WDEA) community grant.
OLHC principal Eugene Dalton applied for the grant and Dan’s mother Jane Duffy said the equipment would make a huge difference to her son’s learning and integration in the classroom.
“It’s important for him to feel comfortable. He is a bright little boy but his sight is obviously a huge issue so we’ve got to give him every opportunity to achieve, that’s what it’s about,” Mr Dalton said.
“He’ll be able to see the (school) work and develop his independence and continue with his work, completely independent.”
Ms Duffy was grateful for WDEA’s support.
“He’ll flourish with this help. He will be a happy, skilful reader and I have no doubt it will be the love of his life,” she said.