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VIPS Indiana

About VIPS Indiana

VIPS Indiana was a grassroots effort led by a mother of a child who was legally blind and a Teacher of Blind/Low Vision.  These two knew the landscape for Indiana’s youngest children with blindness/low vision needed to change and their drive to help these children and their families motivated them to try to bring the VIPS mission to Indiana.  With the backing of the VIPS Board of Directors and the VIPS Executive Director, this mother and teacher began providing services on August 1, 2011.  VIPS Indiana started with 8 children and the agency has grown exponentially over the past six years.  We now have a network of teachers, interventionists and Orientation and Mobility Specialists throughout the state that provides vision-specific early intervention services to children birth to 3.  We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished, but we have more work to do as there are more children who need the specialized services we can offer.

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Featured Grantor for VIPS Indiana

AWS Foundation

We are excited to be one of the recipients of the generosity of AWS Foundation as we were awarded $17,000 for vision-specific early intervention services for babies and toddlers with blindness/low vision in Northeast Indiana. AWS Foundation’s mission is to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

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Wish List

  • Manila folders
  • White computer paper
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Jingle bells
  • Mylar material
  • Baby wipes
  • Skinny toothbrush holders
  • Red or yellow slinkies
  • Paper plates and napkins
  • Snacks for events
  • Grocery store gift cards for family events
WHAS Crusade for Children

Why is early intervention so critically important?

VIPS Child with Shaker Tube

DID YOU KNOW?

90% of what a child learns
is through their vision.

85% of the foundation of learning happens the first 5 years of their life.

Your donation directly impacts the life of children who are blind or visually impaired in Kentucky and Indiana.

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