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Last year, despite challenges from the pandemic we still served over 700 children. We need your help to continue our critical work to make a difference in the lives of children with vision loss!

We need our VIPS supporters help more than ever during this uniquely challenging time with the gift of a new donation or pledge, or continuing your existing your support. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.

Lilly Endowment Inc. and Nina Mason Pulliam grants bring VIPS near capital campaign goal

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) Indiana announced it has received grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in the amounts of $300,000 and $250,000 respectively for its Envision the Future capital and operations campaign. The grants are instrumental in helping VIPS complete the future Family Resource Center near…

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Isaac sits in his stroller with mom, Traci, next to him, and siblings, Haddon and Noel smiling nearby.

Isaac’s Arrival

On January 19th, I was on bed rest and about to go crazy. I was 4 cm, 80% effaced, and knew that Isaac could be born any day. That evening, as I was watching TV, I thought my water broke and it was finally time to go to the hospital and give a *natural* birth.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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VIPS Board Member, Paul Frazier, at age 4.

From VIPS kid to VIPS Board Member: Meet Paul Frazier

VIPS board member, Paul Frazier, brings a lot to the table. He is the father of a preschooler, a former educator, a businessman and a natural advocate with a charismatic personality and a heart of gold. But one of the strongest qualities Paul brings to his board responsibility is the critical perspective he has as a…

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25+ KIWANIANS WHO CARE GIVE VIPS $5,000 AT INAUGURAL NIGHT OF GIVING

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — 25+ Kiwanians Who Care (Indiana District), a new club concept of the youth-serving organization, Kiwanis International, chose nonprofit Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) as their inaugural Night of Giving winner. VIPS Indiana Regional Director and former VIPS mom, Meredith Howell, gave a virtual presentation to almost 50 Kiwanis members, all joining Zoom…

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Wallace Braveheart is a 20-month-old superstar!

Wallace has several diagnoses and is our miracle boy, hence his middle name Braveheart. We went from planning his funeral at 33 weeks during my pregnancy, to 193 days in the NICU/CICU following his birth, to home and thriving. We were introduced to VIPS once we were home for a few months and started to receive…

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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…

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VIPS AMBASSADOR, BRIA BYRD, RAISES AWARENESS OF AMBLYOPIA

Louisville, KY – November 10, 2020 Bria Byrd is a sophomore at Elizabethtown High School and an ambassador to Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS), a nonprofit based in Louisville, focused on providing education and intervention services to children born with blindness or visual impairment in Kentucky or Indiana.  Byrd chose VIPS as the charity she…

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