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General Information

Visually Impaired Preschool Services
1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 636-3207 (Local)
(502) 636-0024 (Fax)
(888) 636-8477 (Toll-Free)
info@vips.org
http://www.vips.org

Brief Description

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) offers early intervention to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visally impaired, or who have multiple disabilities, including visual impairment, and to their families throughout Kentucky. Services include home-based intervention, center-based services, including a full preschool, direct services to children enrolled in day care/preschool programs, consultations to day care/preschool programs, statewide outreach program, and parent education and support programs.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 300
Number of staff: 25
Staff description: 16 full-time, 9 part-time.
Geographic area served: 60-mile radius of Louisville (including Southern Indiana). VIPS-Central Kentucky branch services Lexington and surrounding counties. State outreach services to all areas of Kentucky
Publications: Can Do! (video series), Visability Parent Newsletter (bimonthly), also available online.

Locations

VIPS-Indiana
1100 W. 42nd St., Suite 228
Indianapolis, IN 46208

VIPS-Central Kentucky
350 Henry Clay Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40502

Staff

Carol Dahmke, Office Manager, (502) 498-2921, info@vips.org
Martha Hack, Family Services Coordinator, (502) 498-2926, mhack@vips.org
Meredith Howell, Assistant Director, VIPS-Indiana, (502) 498-2936, mhowell@vips.org
Annie Hughes, Director, VIPS-Indiana, (502) 498-2963, ahughes@vips.org
Beth Krebs, VIPS Kids Town Preschool, Assistant Director, (502) 498-2929, bkrebs@vips.org
Jan Moseley, Visual Impairment Specialist, (502) 498-2938, jmoseley@vips.org
Kathy Mullen, Director of Education, (502) 498-2927, kmullen@vips.org
Diane Nelson, Executive Director, (502) 498-2940, dnelson@vips.org
Mary Smyth, Assistant Director, VIPS-Central Kentucky, (859) 276-0335

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Can DO! Educational video series. Products for sale on site and online.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Conducts functional vision, developmental, learning media, and O&M assessments.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Children in the VIPS program are provided with materials in appropriate media. Regular instruction in braille for parents is also offered. VIPS teachers work on emergent literacy skills, pre-braille skills, and braille skills. Our VIPS Kids Town Preschool, located at the Louisville campus, has a special braille classroom equipped with kid-friendly braille writers, braille alphabet bags, braille teaching devices.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • VIPS collaborates with other organizations in providing services for children and families in our program. VIPS does community outreach to educate the community about the needs of children who are visually impaired. VIPS family outings to community attractions ensures that VIPS families become comfortable in public settings and that VIPS kids participate in their communities at large. Children from the community participate in the VIPS-Louisville Kids Town Preschool as sighted peers.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • VIPS has assistive technology on site for children and families to try out.
  • Counseling
    • VIPS offers a strong support and education program for families of children in the VIPS program.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • VIPS teachers work with VIPS children on independence skills appropriate to their ages and with families on how to teach these skills at home. These skills are emphasized in the VIPS Kids Town Preschool, located at the VIPS Louisville Campus.
  • Distance Education
    • VIPS has a series of educational videotapes that have been developed to assist parents and professionals in nurturing skills development in young visually impaired children.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers home-based intervention, center-based services, direct services to children enrolled in day care/preschool programs, consultations to day care/preschool programs, and parent education and support programs. VIPS-Louisville has a full preschool program, before/after school care, and summer enrichment programs.
  • Education Services
    • VIPS provides early intervention services to visually impaired children, 0-5, through in-home visits and center-based programs. Direct services are provided throughout the states of Kentucky and Indiana. The VIPS-Louisville Campus offers a full preschool and summer enrichment programs.
  • Health
    • VIPS has an onsite low-vision clinic.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers families as needed to other professionals/service providers.
  • Low Vision Services
    • VIPS has a low vision clinic.
  • Preschool Programs
    • VIPS provides services to blind, visually impaired, and multidisabled children who are preschool age through contract with local public school systems. Services include direct intervention in the preschool classes where VIPS children are enrolled, as well as consultation to preschool staff.

      VIPS-Louisville has a full preschool program, including a program for two-year-olds, in a new state-of-the-art facility, including a deaf-blind classroom, braille classroom, technology room, and sensory room. All classrooms equipped with smart boards. There is also Kosair Charities Kids Town, with bakery, eye doctor office, Chase bank, grocery store, working kitchen, laundromat, library, and KFC drive through. Sighted peers also attend Kids Town Preschools.
  • Recreation Services
    • VIPS offers summer enrichment programs for children enrolled in the VIPS program and an Annual Family Retreat Weekend for the families we serve. Outings to community educational and recreational facilities regularly offered.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Each VIPS office offers summer enrichment programs.
  • Support for Parents
    • Parent education and support is an integral part of VIPS services. VIPS offers a variety of educational opportunities for VIPS families to learn from professionals in the field, such as educators, pediatric ophthalmologists, and others through workshops and informative guest speakers. Families also have the opportunities to hear guest speakers who are blind, offering parents hope for their children's futures. The Annual VIPS Family Retreat Weekend gives is a very popular event.

      VIPS allso offers a Bi-Monthly Parent Newsletter, VIPS @Home Parent University, and the "Can Do!" Video Series, which offers practical and proven techniques to foster the development of children who are visually impaired or blind. Geared to parents and educators, these tapes offer critical insights and strategies to help a child achieve independence.

      Offers parent/infant classes, in-home early intervention, day care/preschool consultation, parent support group, bi-monthly parent newsletter.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers regular parent meetings, family dinners, educational outings, recreational outings, and an Annual Family Retreat Weekend.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M assessment and training in concept development, spatial awareness, positional concepts, use of pre-cane devices, and cane training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultant services to other programs available throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

Events

VIPS Family Retreat Weekend

Ongoing Events/Programs

Play & Learn (PAL) Class
VIPS@Home Parent University
VIPS Preschool
VIPS Video Series
VIPS Summer Enrichment Program

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