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School-Age Program

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

Youth Music Group
First Tuesday of each month
October 2019 – June 2020
3:30-5:00 pm
Vision Forward’s Youth Music Group is a fun space for students with vision loss, ages 13-17, who want to make new connections, talk with peers and engage in a variety of music activities.

EYE Grow Summer Group–for ages 3-7
Six-week program; Wednesdays, June 19 and 26, July 10, 17, 24 and 31
10:00–11:00 am
Vision Forward
Cost: $30
Children will enjoy connecting with others and engaging in sensory exploration. Sessions will highlight music therapy and a variety of multi-sensory activities.  Each week features a fun summer related theme.

Play It Forward Sports Camp– for ages 8-18
July 22, 23 and 24; daily 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Marquette Campus
Cost: $35
Sports are adapted specifically for youth with vision loss so they can have opportunities to participate in physical activity and learn about the importance of health and wellness.

Cane Quest–for ages 8-12 years
Saturday, November 9; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Vision Forward
Students, grades 3rd through 6th, will complete various routes while successfully demonstrating their navigation skills.

Goalball League–for ages 7-21
Selected Tuesdays; 6:00-8:00 pm
Gaenslen School
1250 E Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
In collaboration with Wisconsin Adapted Sports Association, we now have a goalball league for school agers to participate in a team sport.

Braille Challenge
NOTE: RESCHEDULED DATE: Friday, March 1, 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. 

Braille Games
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Milwaukee Public Museum

An opportunity for braille users, ages 3-21, 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.

Beep Baseball – for ages 8-21
April 9, 2019
9:30-12:30 pm

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.

Spring Festival–for ages 3-10 and families
Saturday, April 13; 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Vision Forward
An opportunity to search for beeping eggs and participate in crafts and social engagement opportunities.

Interactive Museum Tour–for ages 3-21
Saturday, May 4; 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Milwaukee Public Museum
Join us and explore the Milwaukee Public Museum for an interactive tour and activity.

Learn Braille!
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, MT-BC, Activity/Enrichment Coordinator
414-615-0179 or