What We Do

 

 

The only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children.

Over 150 years old, ChildVision is the only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children. Throughout this century of care and learning, thousands of children with sight loss and other profound disabilities have bravely overcome their obstacles and grown up to reach their full potential, guided by our expertise and support. We look after children from all over Ireland ranging in age from birth to 23 years of age.

Meeting the individual needs of each child in ChildVision is at the core of what we do. Our staff work together to realise the unique potential with each boy and girl no matter how severe the disability. The team includes speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, nurses, braille specialists, social care workers, pet and equine therapists as well as our team of maintenance and household staff who work across campus.

Situated on campus you will find our Preschool, Therapies & Nursing, Vocational Education, National Assessment Service, Low Vision Clinic, Eye Clinic, Library, Equine Therapy and Pet Farm, Swimming Pool, St. Joseph’s School for Children with a Visual Impairment and Pobalscoil Rosmini — primary and secondary level schools. We also have five residential houses in the community.

Formerly known as St. Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired, we have been providing support to families across Ireland since our education service began in the 1950’s.

All our services are free of charge.


A girl smiles as she plays a tambourine.

Nationwide Resource

ChildVision is also the nationwide resource centre for parents of blind, visually impaired, deaf blind and sensory impaired students who are attending mainstream school or preschool. If you have a question or need some advice please call us on 01 837 3635 or email us at info@childvision.ie and we will do everything we can to help you and your child get the best support possible for the early years.

Learning at ChildVision teaches children about life and living

They learn how to cope with a noisy, busy world. Step-by-step, day-by-day every child at ChildVision is discovering new things they can do. We celebrate each and every achievement. Whether it is taking a first mouthful of food, reading a little story, making a cake or riding a pony. Or maybe it’s something as simple as accepting a hug and a cuddle for the first time.

A boy reads a story on a large screen.
A sketchy illustration of the ChildVision mascot, Joey, waves at the reader. Hello!

ChildVision has lots of things you wouldn’t find in an ordinary school

A room full of swirling, twirling, twinkling lights. Toys that squish, squash, squeak and crinkle. Cushions that resonate to play musical vibrations so children who can’t hear can still experience music.

Typewriters with shapes not letters, tactile globes, large type and high contrast computer screens, headphone aids, magnifying glasses and braille books. There is also a swimming pool with a hoist for children in wheelchairs. The pool is kept nice and warm so that children don’t get frightened of being in water they can feel but cannot see.