A picture of Isis holding a painted ornament at Vista's activity session.

Isis, 10, has been supported by Vista for the last four years, after she was diagnosed with Optic Neuropathy.

Marsha, Isis’ mum, said “Paula, Vista’s Family Support Officer, approached us to provide support and advise how Vista could help. Paula has a very understanding nature – we didn’t know who to turn to, so to be asked was such a relief.”

Vista’s Rehabilitation Officers have supported Isis whilst growing up, enabling her to be as independent as possible. This has included assessing her needs at school, teaching her how to cross roads safely, and helping with cookery. 

Isis also frequently attends Vista's activities, such as arts & crafts sessions, allowing her to build friendships with others in a similar situation.

Marsha said “Isis is now more confident in explaining her condition, and what she needs to help her get on with the task at hand. Before working with Vista, she sometimes felt isolated – she now understands that with the right support, she can do anything.”

“The last year at school has been amazing for Isis, she has improved in leaps and bounds. It really shows that when adjustments are made, it can make such a difference to someone’s life.”

Marsha added “As a parent, we can sometimes worry about what our child cannot do in the future - but by having Vista there, I know that if there’s an obstacle, we will be supported in finding a way around it. And with a good education and support in place, Isis knows there will be many great opportunities ahead.”

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