Tanya Savva has has made it her mission to ensure her daughter Kenzie was not defined by her vision impairment. After travelling 14,000kms together, Tanya has some great tips to share on travelling with a child with blindness or vision impairment. Here are 11 tips to help you prepare for travelling with a child with a vision impairment or blindness Take your child on a tour of the room/accommodation you’re staying in as soon as you arrive (whether it’s a caravan, tent or resort). It offers your child a sense of ownership in the space and freedom to explore their home away from home. Tour the outer environment with your child. A tour and verbal directions from your room to the bathrooms, playground, pool, crèche and other important spots of interest within the grounds as soon as possible is important. (Although Kenzie doesn’t explore on her own it was important for her to create her own understanding and sense of direction within the space.) Have an activity your child can play independently while you set up and unpack when you arrive. I love to get that done as soon as we check in. (As a solo mumma I didn’t have a helping hand, so Kenzie had to entertain herself in that time. It’s part of our routine whenever we travel – arrive, set up, indoor tour, explore.) Research locations that are close to walking paths, shops, swimming spots and parks. (Kenzie can’t walk very far so we valued a bike path, walking path, park, and shops close by that we could access without needing to take the car out, which also encouraged physical activity.) Take your child into the reception to meet and greet the staff upon arrival to allow them to feel connected to the people in their new
Tanya Savva has has made it her mission to ensure her daughter Kenzie was not defined by her vision impairment. After travelling 14,000kms together, Tanya has some great tips to share on travelling with a child with blindness or vision impairment.