Posts by Ashley Ross
Who is Tala Beth, “Warrior Princess”?
We are so grateful to Christine, mother to young Tala, for sharing her family’s journey— Tell us about Tala! “Tala is a 2.5-year-old young girl, full of joy! Tala knows exactly what she likes and dislikes. She enjoys being part of the day-to-day activities of life, but ultimately loves the chaos, drama, and excitement of…Read More
Jacob’s Journey— growing and thriving with each day!
From Melisa, mother to Jacob: “Jacob joined our family via domestic adoption in September 2020, at 10 months of age. At the height of the global pandemic, we had the delight and honor of welcoming our son, Jacob, home forever! What a joy! Before Jacob’s adoption, we were aware that he had experienced global developmental…Read More
Meet Noah: a social butterfly who happens to be non-verbal
“Noah is full of life and laughter,” says Becci, mother to almost 3-year-old Noah. Noah is a social butterfly; he loves playing with his brothers and interacting with anyone who wants to talk to him. Noah is not able to use words to talk but that doesn’t stop him from communicating. Thanks to a collaboration…Read More
The first year is the hardest
“Having a baby with complex medical needs and being in the NICU for 48 days wasn’t what we had expected,” said Stephanie, mother to Madison who was born in January 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the US. Stephanie recounts, “Dealing with the trauma of her birth, the uncertainty of her future, COVID,…Read More
ALLEN WHITEHILL CLOWES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION AWARDS VISUALLY IMPAIRED PRESCHOOL SERVICES WITH $50,000 GRANT FOR NEW SENSORY GARDEN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation has awarded Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana) a grant in the amount of $50,000 to support the sensory garden that will be planted at the new Simon & Estelle Knoble VIPS Family Resource Center. VIPS Indiana is a statewide nonprofit agency that provides early intervention…Read More
Welcome to the Simon & Estelle Knoble VIPS Family Resource Center
In late October, our Indiana staff officially moved into the new Family Resource Center located at 1212 Southeastern Avenue, just east of downtown Indianapolis! This center will not only house offices and storage for our staff, but, more importantly, will be a hub for VIPS parents to receive more resources and programming, and allow for…Read More
Simone is learning independence one step at a time!
“Simone is joy and light, and the center of our family,” said Nicole, mother to VIPS child Simone. She is a busy little girl, always moving and thriving on attention. She spends her days playing, dancing, and exploring the outdoors; specifically, the trees and flowers. She especially loves doing so with her family. Simone is…Read More
VIPS RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS CERTIFICATION
April 27, 2021 Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) has receivedaccreditation from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind anVisually Impaired (AER), the world’s largest professional organization dedicatedexclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss, with theaim to promote and support evidence-based practices, high quality standards, value-added resources and giving…Read More
Building Trust Through a Screen; Early Intervention in a Pandemic
It’s been over a year since the coronavirus hit our local communities, and when we think about getting back to “normal” a lot of us think about finally shedding the masks, eating inside our favorite restaurants or attending events, etc. But for our VIPS parents, it has been an indefinite countdown for when they will…Read More
Meet “Determined Dallin”!
“I never imagined that my son’s first best friends or play dates would be with his therapists,” said Jeanette, mother to 19 month old Dallin, a child who currently receives services through VIPS. Dallin was born with a brain condition called Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) which is caused by the softening of white brain tissue. Because…Read More