Nystagmus Network’s Rachel, writes:
Here at the Nystagmus Network we’re always looking for new opportunities for our members. Recently our Education Advocate, Frances, came across a charity awarding grants to blind and partially sighted children for music lessons.
The Amber Trust offers grants for singing or instrumental lessons, music therapy and concert tickets to children aged 5 and over. They also offer ‘Little Amber Music Awards’ for under 5s. As a parent of 3-year-old twins with nystagmus, this was particularly interesting to me!
Both my boys have shown a keen interest in music from a very young age. They spend a large part of each day singing, playing their toy guitars and putting on ‘shows’ for their little sister.
We applied for the grant for both boys and heard back within a couple of weeks that they have been successful. We’re now very excited for their first interactive session. They’ll now receive 4 sessions a year until they turn 5, as well as some tips and suggestions for activities we can do at home in between.
We will keep you posted!