Preparing blind and visually-impaired youth for adulthood.
The Vision Forward school-age program positively impacts the lives of children with vision loss by building resiliency and developing skills in line with the Expanded Core Curriculum through a wide range of social engagement opportunities. The school-age program encourages children with vision loss to interact with peers and learn through meaningful life experiences. Our program serves as a critical connection for teachers, paraprofessionals and parents of elementary, middle and junior high school students and after high school graduation transitions. In addition, our program provides training and educational opportunities for parents and school professionals so they feel confident in their ability to support school-age students with vision loss.
Upcoming School Age Programs
Y.E.S. Youth Group
First Sunday of each month
Please note, there will not be a Youth Group in January
Monthly group for visually impaired youth ages 13-18 who want to make connections, learn new skills, and give back to our community! Y.E.S. works to provide a safe space for youth to talk to peers and engage in impactful activities to shape experiences for life after high school.
January 25, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Braille users grade 3rd-12th are invited to participate in Braille Challenge. This event is an academic competition where students are tested on their skills in braille speed and accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpreting charts and tactile graphics.
Enlighten Parents Workshop (held during Braille Challenge from 9:45 am – 2:30 pm)
January 25, 2019
9:45 – 11:45 am | Braille Basics Course with Colleen Kickbush
12:10 – 12:50 pm | Lunch (free, provided by VF)
1:00 – 2:30 pm | School Age Parent Support Group with Erica Weise
This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about braille basics and have a conversation with other school age parents on how to successfully help navigate your child’s school and social life.
Please sign up with Emily Zajork, 414-615-0179 or
Thursday, March 14, 2019
An opportunity for braille users grades 3rd-12th to engage in adapted games that incorporate education and fun. In collaboration with ABLE, WTBBL, and Milwaukee Public Museum, students are able to engage with peers and visually impaired adults in regards to mentorship.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
A collaboration between Vision Forward Association & the Milwaukee School of Engineering Baseball Team who provide a morning of baseball to visually impaired students. Students will work with the MSOE baseball players to participate in baseball drills, compete in a baseball game, and enjoy lunch with the team.
This Saturday event at Vision Forward is fun for all! Bring your family and enjoy crafts, music, an adapted egg hunt with beeping eggs and pictures with a real bunny.
EYE Grow Summer Camp
This Summer Camp is closed and no longer accepting applications.
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Vision Forward Association offers a weekly group for six visually impaired students ages 3-7 years. EYE Grow Group meets each Monday from 1:00pm-3:00pm to promote sensory exploration and peer interaction.
Play It Forward Sports Camp
Vision Forward teams up with Marquette University to provide Play It Forward Sports Camp, a three-day camp for 3rd-12th graders. Students will participate in bowling, judo, goalball, swimming, POUND, and TOP soccer. There are also wellness activities that include checking vital signs, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, gardening, and nutrition education. All sports and wellness opportunities are specifically adapted for the visually impaired.
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cane users grades 3rd through 6th are invited to participate in the Cane Quest. Each student will work to successfully demonstrate cane skills throughout 16 orientation and mobility task stations. Participants will collect coins along the way to redeem for prizes at the end of the course.
Braille instruction is offered for those parents/guardians with children who are braille users. Instruction will be taught by Steve Mcauliff, COMS/CVRT. Session are specifically tailored towards each learner’s individual needs. Contact Lori Hoeft to schedule your session at 414-615-0127 or .
Learn more about our School-Age Youth Program
Contact Emily Zajork, Activity/Enrichment Coordinator