A Different Way of Learning
VIPS believes that children with visual impairments are children first and need the same types of experiences as their sighted peers. However, these children have to gather information about the world in different ways. Certified teachers from VIPS who specialize in early childhood education can show these children how to use their remaining vision and other senses to learn about their world. Parents and caregivers also learn about their child’s diagnosis, are provided with tools for teaching at home, and gain a better understanding on how to advocate for their child.
VIPS is a nonprofit agency in Kentucky and Indiana that is dedicated to meeting the specialized educational needs of visually impaired babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. There are still many unmet needs, especially in rural areas where families frequently lack the resources for obtaining information and services to help their children. VIPS is committed to securing the resources to sustain our current programming as well as meet these unmet needs. A donation to VIPS is an investment in the futures of these children with very specialized needs. We can't do what we do without individuals like you.
If you would like to mail your gift, please make your check payable to Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS). Unrestricted donations are a dream come true however, if you prefer to support a specific location please make a note of it in the memo line.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
How do we use your donation?
Grants, fundraising, and private donors allow us to provide specialized services to the children we serve as well as our operating expenses, so you can give knowing your donation will directly impact the life of a child with visual impairment.
Help VIPS Grow Our Endowment!
VIPS has been blessed to grow The Lion Ralph Stengel Endowment Fund at VIPS because of a generous matching grant from the Louisville Downton Lions Club (LDLC). Through the Lion Ralph Stengel Endowment Fund, young children with vision loss will be able to attend the VIPS Kids Town Preschool where they will have access to teachers of the visually impaired, an education specific to their sensory loss, and will learn in an environment that was specially designed to meet their needs. The LDLC is matching dollar for dollar all endowment gifts up to a total of $250,000. Currently, we have had $121,700 in donations and $121,700 in matching funds for a total raised of $243,400. We would like to raise another $128,200 so that we can exhaust our match and reach our $500,000 endowment goal for this fund. Please consider making a gift to our Endowment so that we can continue to change the lives of young children with vision loss for many years to come.
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These bricks will be laid in our Sensory Garden. They can be inscribed with up to four lines of commemoration for that special loved one.
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