I Lied About Being Able to Relax

“What do you do to relax and how do you know once you’ve achieved relaxation?” Simple question, right? I was sitting in a circle with maybe a dozen other people. All of us parents of children who have vision impairments among other ‘different-abilities’. For once, I didn’t feel vulnerable sharing pieces of me that I tend to tuck away until the time is right. We were all together for the annual Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) Family Retreat in Louisville, Kentucky. Lola was over at the Respite Camp and I was excited to be working at the Retreat as a VIPS employee. And while I am indeed an employee, I still and will always be a VIPS mom. Just as the other parents and caregivers in attendance, I’m...
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A Smashing Success!

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana (VIPS) joined 20 other area nonprofits at the Walking for Dreams 5K in downtown Indianapolis. The underlying theme of the event is “to help others help themselves” and that’s exactly what VIPS did on Sunday. With 98 walkers from Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, VIPS raised over $8800! These are staggering numbers given it was VIPS’ first year at the event. I am pleased to share that Team Lola raised over $2000 for VIPS on Sunday! We received countless donations from family members, friends and people who heard about Lola’s story and wanted to help. I probably annoyed most everyone on Facebook as social media is the easiest way to get the message out, but I kept reiterating how...
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Walking for Dreams – 2014

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana will join 21 other Indiana non-profit organizations in the Walking for Dreams 5K Family & Pet Walk. Walking for Dreams started in 2004 to help local non-profit agencies that benefit children and families. The event is sponsored by the Sycamore Foundation whose mission is to help enhance area non-profits effectiveness throughout their communities. If you remember, we walked a couple of years ago for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation. I was impressed with the event and I loved the concept which is why I thought VIPS would be a perfect fit. It would help raise awareness that VIPS is here in Indiana which could mean more blind and visually impaired children would get the early intervention services they...
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An IEP Success Story

When you have a child with special needs, you are aware and ultimately prepared about the early childhood education intake process. First the public schools are notified when a child in their district is almost three years old and that child has some type of delay (physically, cognitively, speech, language, etc). Mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the child must be evaluated by the public school system in an effort to put that child in the most appropriate school setting as well as offered in-school therapeutic services – if a child qualifies – under what is called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is specifically designed for the child by a team of professionals at the school. It not only ensures the child has...
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2013 VIPS Retreat – A Reunion

Last weekend Rob, Lola and I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual VIPS Retreat. Last year we were quite impressed with the overall logistics of the event which meant there was no hesitation in saying yes when asked if we’d be going back this year. We arrived early Saturday morning and first to do on our list was check Lola into the VIPS preschool. The VIPS Preschool is specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired. Not only is the infastructure designed for kids like Lola, but the toys serve specific vision loss components and most of the personnel are trained teachers of the visually impaired. There is a nurse on duty for those children who are medically fragile which helps ease the mind...
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