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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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A Mom on a Mission to Advocate for Her Daughter

Avelyn (Avy) lives in Southern Indiana, spending her days outside with her siblings along with her animals–a cat, a dog, and eight chickens. She is a bubbly, playful, animal-loving almost-three-year-old who currently receives services from VIPS due to her Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Anisometropia, and hypermetropia. Avy loves wearing her purple glasses as she works…

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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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Who is Tala Beth, “Warrior Princess”?

We are so grateful to Christine, mother to young Tala, for sharing her family’s journey— Tell us about Tala! “Tala is a 2.5-year-old young girl, full of joy! Tala knows exactly what she likes and dislikes. She enjoys being part of the day-to-day activities of life, but ultimately loves the chaos, drama, and excitement of…

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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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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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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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Trystan Progresses

He came into our lives with Gods Perfect Timing. But we soon learned our little boy had visual problems and was getting behind in developing. Therapy helped but the gap was getting larger in his development. We moved to Indiana just before he turned two and struggled with getting therapy started again. We were set…

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