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.
Have a Question?
Contact the VIPS Indiana office for more information!
Featured Grantor for VIPS Indiana
Community Foundation of Elkhart County
VIPS Indiana is thrilled to be a recipient of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County's Good Neighbor Grant! This grant of $10,000 will be used specifically for early intervention for Elkhart County's babies and toddlers with blindness/low vision. The mission of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity. VIPS Indiana is grateful for this community partnership!
- 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
Why is early intervention so critically important?
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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