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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 eight children and the office has grown exponentially over the years.  We now have a network of teachers, interventionists and Orientation and Mobility Specialists who provide vision-specific early intervention services to children, birth to three, throughout the state.  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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Did you hear the big news?

VIPS Indiana is building a VIPS Family Resource Center just east of downtown Indianapolis and we would love for you to be a part of this incredible opportunity! The Family Resouce Center will be located at 1142 E. Washington Street. We are scheduled to break ground in September 2019 which is why we are in the midst of a Capital & Operations Campaign called VISION 20/20.

The building and outfitting of the Family Resource Center are imperative for the population of children and families VIPS serves. The Family Resource Center will be a hub for parents to receive resources; a place for VIPS children to receive therapy on-site, it will allow us to expand the size of the current VIPS office space to support more programming; provide plenty of space for board and service club meetings, training sessions for providers, and ultimately allow VIPS to serve more children with vision loss in Indiana. The new VIPS Indiana facility will also allow for VIPS to grow the lending library of technology and materials that are often not affordable for families served by the agency.  The Family Resource Center will allow us to serve our families better.

Overall, the new facility will ensure that our mission is spread across Indiana through innovative ways to reach more children in need of our services. There are almost 1,400 children under the age of five in Indiana who have vision disabilities that cannot be corrected by glasses/contacts.

VIPS is currently only serving a portion of Indiana's youngest children with blindness/low vision. The VIPS goal is to serve every child, birth to three, who has vision loss in Indiana with best practice, vision-specific intervention so they can go on to reach their highest potential. We have a chance to make a difference. We hope you'll join us!

Are you interested in learning more about how you can be involved with making our Family Resource Center a reality?

Please contact Regional Director, Meredith Howell, at (888) 824-2197 or mhowell@vips.org.

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How can VIPS help your child?

We empower a young child with blindness or low vision to navigate their world and gain independence.

Featured Grantor for VIPS Indiana

Smithville Charitable Foundation

VIPS Indiana is so very grateful for the Smithville Charitable Foundation and their support of our Early Childhood Intervention Program.  Smithville Communications, Inc. became a part of the Draper family in 1930. It remains with the family today with Darby A. McCarty as the CEO and Chairwoman of the Board. The Smithville Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 in outpouring of the family’s generosity and desire to enrich the lives of people served by Smithville Communications. The family continues to support the communities around the area. Each year Smithville Charitable Foundation generously gifts to many different causes and VIPS is thankful to be one of them. Thank you, Smithville Charitable Foundation!

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Wish List

  • Red or yellow slinkies
  • Red shiny pom poms
  • White computer paper
  • Jingle bells
  • Mylar material
  • Baby wipes
  • Vinyl
  • Snacks for events
  • Grocery store gift cards for family events

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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