When vision impairment goes unchecked it becomes a kind of invisible disability, affecting literacy, numeracy and skill development. It can also contribute to social exclusion, as a child may hold herself back from play with peers, made difficult because of poor sight…The good news is that there are organizations tackling this issue and making a difference, but they can’t do it on their own — nor should they. For example, the non-profit Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) launched an initiative in 2007 called the Gift of Sight and Sound, with support from corporate donors and partner non-profit organizations. They screen nearly 10,000 students every year for both vision and hearing problems in the early grades in inner city Toronto.

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