The vi family network provides an online parent forum and social networking website to enable parents and carers of children with vision impairment to interact and support one another in a secure online environment. The parent forum is only open to families who have a child registered with ACVIR, so you will need to register your child if you want to gain access to this resource. The forum is password protected, so while you can see a sneak preview of latest content on the homepage, you cannot access member’s information or forum posts.
Once your child is registered with ACVIR, you can apply to join the parent forum simply by clicking the register link on the parent network log in page. Choose a username and password you can easily remember and fill in the boxes. Don’t forget to include your email address. An email is then sent to the website admin team for verification. Once approved, you are ready to login and start meeting other families online.
The parents forum is similar to Facebook. Members can see the latest activity updates on the front page as a newsfeed. Members can create their own profile, listing details about themselves, and choose how much or little to include. They can access other member’s profiles and contact them by sending them an email message through the forum.
The Forum is linked to each member’s email address, so updates are sent direct to your email account, making it easier to stay connected with the latest forum topics and news. Any new resources added to the vi family network main site are announced on the forum, as well as developments from the register. The aim is to get all the latest information in one place.
The person who registers the child, i.e. the person who provides the details of the parent/guardian or main contact person will be given a log in and password. If additional people apply for a log in and password under the registered child’s name, for example the child’s other parent, they will be asked to provide details of the child such as name, date of birth and current address. If these are supplied but don’t match the details submitted by the parent/guardian or main contact person, then access to the parent forum for the additional person will be denied.
If these details are supplied and match those submitted by the parent/guardian or main contact person, then access to the parent forum will only be granted if the original parent/guardian or main contact person agrees. The original parent/guardian or main contact person will be contacted by ACVIR staff to seek permission for additional people to apply under their child’s name. They will be notified of the additional person’s name & contact details. In the event the original parent/guardian or main contact person declines permission, a log in and password will not be issued for the additional person.