Shortly after Florence was born, she was diagnosed with Bilateral Microphthalmia and Bilateral Coloboma, qualifying her as legally blind.
Upon diagnosis, Florence’s parents worked diligently to ensure success at home, school, and life! At five months old, Florence came to VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement and began Early Intervention Services with Mary Jo Hallett, a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI).
“Florence’s parents began their journey in Early Intervention to ensure that Florence has all the necessary services and tools so she may participate in her general education preschool class and a variety of other physical activities,” said Mary Jo.
Florence is now four years old, learning the braille alphabet, learning how to use low-vision devices, and excelling in recreational activities. Her favorite activities include hiking, going to the beach with her family, playing with her friends, baking bread at school, building with Magna tiles, and, most recently, dance classes! She even helps her mom and dad care for her two younger sisters.
Florence’s parents appreciate Florence’s TVI helping her towards her next life steps.
“Since Florence entered this world, she has been such a ball of joy and determination,” her parents said. “It was clear from the start what a strong and sweet person she is. We are continuously proud of her intelligence, curiosity, and creativity and can’t wait to see what her future holds! We are also thankful for the support we have received from VIA over the last four years.”
Learn more about VIA’s services at viawny.org/services.