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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.

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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Teaching the Teacher; Early Intervention Isn’t Just for the Child

Craniosynostosis – a word Teresa never thought would be in her vocabulary, much less a part of her baby boy’s life. Teresa’s son, Elias, was born at 31 weeks of age and weighed just 3lbs 13oz. Elias was diagnosed with left craniosynostosis; which means some of the joints in his skull fused before his brain…

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Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

VIPS INDIANA ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM THE NINA MASON PULLIAM CHARITABLE TRUST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has granted Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana) an award of $75,000 to support Central Indiana’s youngest children who are blind or visually impaired with vision-specific early intervention.  VIPS Indiana is a nonprofit agency that provides critical early intervention services to young Hoosiers, birth to three,…

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VIPS Stands With Black Lives

Today is the celebration of Juneteenth, which is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a day filled with reflection, renewal and pride. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African-American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities– as nothing…

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VIPS Published in Online Professional Journal for Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly

Check out the latest issue of Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly which features VIPS child Bradley on the cover.  There is a feature on VIPS published by Executive Director, Diane Nelson, and Director of Education, Kathy Mullen, that can be found here: VIDBEQ641Winter2019_selected-pages We are so grateful that the Council for Exceptional Children (International Headquarters) supports…

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AWS Foundation to Support Services for Babies and Toddlers with Blindness/Low Vision in Northeast Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The AWS Foundation has awarded Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana) a grant of $21,250 to be used for vision-specific early intervention services to northeast Indiana’s babies and toddlers with blindness/low vision. “The Early Childhood Intervention Program is so important to young children who are blind or visually impaired and in need of…

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VIPS Recognizes Terri Connelly with Ambassador Award

VIPS honored Terri Connolly at our 12th Annual Beacon Awards as a VIPS Ambassador. The VIPS Ambassador Award is given to a special individual or organization who has displayed an outstanding contribution to VIPS, sometimes through generous gifts, other times through their devotion of time.  Ambassador Award recipients have demonstrated their commitment to VIPS by…

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Gheens Foundation Awards VIPS with a $50,000 Gift

Visually Impaired Preschool Services was recently awarded a $50,000 gift from the Gheens Foundation to be used for in-home early intervention visits by VIPS teachers as well as for two- to five-year-olds who attend Kids Town Preschool at VIPS. “We were completely overwhelmed at the generosity of the Gheens Foundation,” said Diane Nelson, VIPS Executive…

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Inaugural ‘Swing for VIPS’ Helps Children with Visual Impairments

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Visually Impaired Preschool Services was recently awarded a generous monetary gift from Irving Materials, Inc. (imi) and their interstate, highway, and road construction division E&B Paving. The money raised by imi and their many sponsors at the inaugural imi ‘Swing for VIPS’ Golf Tournament was held at the Louisville Audubon Country Club…

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Early Intervention and Brain Development: Making the Most of Neural Plasticity

by Melissa Barrick Occupational Therapist and Early Interventionist in Visual Impairment | VIPS Indiana What is the importance of early intervention for babies and toddlers? Why should families and children participate in such intervention? The answer to both these questions has to do with the young brain’s capacity to change, learn, and rewire itself. This…

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