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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A Long Lola Update

It has been just over a month since Lola began attending the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress we are seeing in our little girl. Prior to attending ISBVI, Lola had been in a three day a week, couple hour a day program. While she was learning in that type of environment, we could tell she was craving more stimulation which is why we chose ISBVI. Lola attends the school five days a week for the entire day alongside four other kiddos in her class. She is in a play-based classroom yet there is also structured learning. They focus on Lola’s abilities not her disabilities which means the classroom setting is challenging but not overwhelming for...
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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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Absorbing the Moment

Last week, I asked Rob to help Lola and me get our bike combo set up. And no…Lola does not simply sit on the back of my bike as I am way too clumsy to have her on my own bike. Instead, she sits safely in a little bike trailer with the makeshift windows open and she has all of her favorite toys that make an immense amount of sound letting people know…hey – we’re coming through. Since we now live in a new neighborhood, I wanted to go on an adventure and explore. We found a bike path and just kept going straight. We biked past streams and ducks, mothers walking with their children in strollers and couples holding hands simply enjoying the outdoors just like us....
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