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Parent Empowerment Program

Play and Learn class at VIPS Indiana


VIPS Louisville

VIPS Central Kentucky

VIPS Indiana

Meet Other Families Just Like Yours

Our Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) will give you a regular opportunity to meet and socialize with other families who have children with vision loss. You can share your triumphs and your struggles that may accompany raising a child with very specialized needs. In addition, you'll have access to our highly trained teachers and interventionists who specialize in working with children who have visual impairments. They are available to answer any lingering questions you may have about your child's program and/or development.  We always have a training portion of the event so that you can leave the PEP with in-depth knowledge about a subject that could impact your child’s life. You are also invited to make a craft called a "Make-and-Take" which is specifically designed for your child with vision loss. We want you to leave the PEP recharged and energized from the knowledge you gain at a PEP.

We created the Parent Empowerment Program to improve the quality of life for both VIPS children and their families. We often hear that a PEP was the first time a VIPS family could attend a playgroup and not feel as though their child was different from the others. The opportunity to share and to learn from other families facing similar challenges is priceless as raising a child with blindness/low vision, and quite often, additional disabilities can be lonely and isolating. With VIPS, you are part of a community of individuals who get it.

In this setting while playing with our children, we moms talked, knowing that we completely understood one another and our lives, and I felt a level of comfort that I don’t find in many places outside my home.

– Rachael, Mother of Jude

Fun for the Entire Family

While much of the PEP is for you, as parents, we also want your VIPS child as well as his/her siblings and extended family members to have an opportunity to meet other kids who have blindness/low vision.  Your children will be in a multi-sensory learning environment with plenty of volunteers on hand so you can sit back and just enjoy yourself.  We'll have a wide array of toys, activities, and state of the art adaptive technology that is designed to enrich their lives through the use of various senses. We do hope you'll join us at our next PEP!

We provide early intervention services for all of Kentucky and Indiana!

VIPS provides early intervention services to Kentucky and Indiana's youngest children with blindness and low vision. Services include evaluations, in-home visits, and access to resources that help parents and caregivers better understand and support their child with visual impairment. Contact us to learn more about how you can take advantage of the many programs and services that are offered throughout the year.

Would you like to speak with someone directly?

Give us a call at (888) 636-8477.

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Contact the VIPS office for more information!

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