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The Mission of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. (VIPS) is to offer appropriate services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visually impaired or blind and to their families; to maximize each child's development potential through direct services, advocacy, and community education.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services is a Kentucky agency (VIPS) that has been designed to help families through these very important early years when children are so ripe for learning. Without sight, your child will need to gather information about the world in different ways. VIPS will show families how to help their child use remaining vision and other senses to learn about the world. We want to help families feel good about thier child and to help your child build the self-esteem that will be so necessary for the progress he or she will make.
VIPS provides a variety of programs and services. VIPS serves blind or visually impaired infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who live within a 50-mile radius of Louisville, including several counties in Southern Indiana, through the VIPS-Louisville Office. Children, who live in central Kentucky, within a 50-mile radius of Lexington, are served by the VIPS-Central KY Office. VIPS also has an Outreach Program to serve children and families who reside in other areas throughout Kentucky.
VIPS staff includes certified teachers who specialize in early childhood education, visual impairment, O&M, and special education. Several staff members are also parents of visually impaired children. VIPS is lead by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, who are professionals in the field of visual impairment, medical professionals, community and business leaders, representatives of consumer groups of the blind, and VIPS parents.
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