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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She’s a Stair Walking, Bird Wearing, Awe Inspiring Little Lady

Last week, Rob called me at work to share exciting news regarding Lola…she had walked down the stairs while holding the handrail in her preschool classroom. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Not because I didn’t think Lola would eventually do it, but simply because Lola isn’t able to walk on her own yet. She needs full hand assistance when walking, so for her to master the stair walking alone was quite a remarkable accomplishment. In fact, many children that are able to walk unassisted continue to receive early intervention therapy simply to master this difficult task. I was elated with happiness, but I sort of wanted to see for myself because I couldn’t really picture in my head my tiny daughter walking down stairs. And...
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Last Step with First Steps

Yesterday we had an in-home meeting with our service coordinator from First Steps. Ms. Davis came out to welcome Lola into the program, explain to us what to expect next and finally she wrote up a 90 day therapy plan that Lola’s therapists will try to adhere to. We were to come up with short term goals for Lola which included everything from creeping to crawling to learning how to stack toys and much more. Lola was advised to have a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a developmental therapist who will focus on her vision. Each therapist will come into our home on a weekly basis for one hour per session. So that means Lola will get three hours of therapy a week, in our home and...
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Adjusting

How are we enjoying the United States? Well I must say it feels pretty good. I love the family feel, the whole spirit of Christmas, the simplicity of certain things, the bargain shopping, all of my vegetarian food (I ate a meatless Kielbasa last night – wait that sounded very dirty!) and I especially love our little home. It feels right being here, but it does not come without its downfalls. As of right now, it will take Lola almost two months to receive therapy through First Steps. TWO MONTHS! This is supposed to be an early intervention program funded by the State…notice the word “early”. I was outraged hearing it would take an intake coordinator two weeks to see Lola, another couple of weeks to see if...
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