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School-Age Youth Program

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Preparing blind and visually-impaired youth for adulthood.

We help school-age youth (pre-kindergarten through high school) who are blind or visually impaired prepare for whatever path best fits their gifts and interests, whether that includes employment, independent living or advanced education.

Our staff serve as a resource for students and parents, answering questions about living with a visual impairment. Through individual and group activities we assist parents who are navigating the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process for their child and provide consultation for students and families regarding the social and emotional aspects of living with low vision or blindness.

In collaboration with area school districts, community agencies and individuals, Vision Forward organizes and hosts youth events such as: Braille Challenge, Braille Games, Movie Night, Sports Camp, and more.

A 13 year-old’s Poetic Reflection on Sports Camp
By Xin Ju Hippe, Age 13

I laugh
I splash
I swim through water clear
I get advice
I learn with peers
Yoga, soccer, goal ball, track meet
Team work, friendship, perfecting advocacy
I know I found my place at Sports Camp
They support me
They give me a chance
Even though I cannot see
They lead me to a door
They give me a key

Learn more about our School-Age Youth Program

Contact Madalyn Barnes, School Age Manager
414-615-0179 or