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The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation Awards Visually Impaired Preschool Services $5,000 Grant

Lexington, KY: Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) announced a $5000 grant from the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation for the Early Childhood Intervention Program, which provides early intervention services to children, birth through age 5, who are blind or visually impaired in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. “This funding has a life-changing impact on children in…

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Kosair for Kids Grants VIPS $150,000

For 100 years, Kosair for Kids has served the children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing care, joy, and hope. Children with blindness and vision loss have been the beneficiary of these blessings since 1999. This year, Kosair for Kids has generously blessed VIPS with an amazing $150,000 grant in support of early intervention…

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WHAS Crusade for Children Awards VIPS $182,000

Founded 70 years ago, the WHAS Crusade for Children’s mission is to make life better for children with special needs. They have absolutely fulfilled that mission at VIPS! In 1984, when VIPS founders providing critical early intervention to children with blindness and vision loss was but a dream, the Crusade for Children stepped up to…

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VIPS Wins Inaugural Power to the Parent Grant

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) is proud to announce it has received $33,330 through the inaugural Power to the Parent grant thanks to the Parent Advisory Council through the United Way of Central Indiana. This funding will be used to provide critical early intervention services to Central Indiana’s babies and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired…

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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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Glasses 101 for Children with Low Vision/Blindness

When a child is blind or has very low vision, sometimes the first thing a parent or a friend or relative says is; “He needs glasses.” But whether or not glasses will improve a child’s ability to see is dependent upon the reason for the child’s low vision or blindness. For some eye conditions/diagnoses, there IS something that will help improve vision; a surgery, a medication, a visual intervention, or prescription eye glasses. But, for many serious eye conditions, there is NOT an intervention that will improve visual acuity. And in these cases, putting glasses on a child simply will not help.

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Hand-Under-Hand or Hand-Over-Hand?

You may never have thought about these instructional strategies, let alone which one is preferable for your child with visual impairments but amazingly, there are some considerations you may wish to address.

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