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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 13-18, who want to make new connections, talk with peers and engage in a variety of music activities.

Cane Quest – grades 3rd – 6th
November 9, 2019; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Vision Forward
Cane Quest seeks to promote orientation and mobility skills among youth who are visually impaired as they team up with a sighted adult as they navigate a route inside and outside Vision Forward that demonstrates mastery of basic orientation and mobility skills and proper sighted guide techniques.

Family Connections – Adaptive Toys
Tuesday, November 19, 2019; 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Vision Forward

Join us for our parent meetings to interact with other parents of visually impaired children of all ages and learn about community resources and ways to support and challenge your child. 

Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 4, 2019; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Vision Forward
All ages and families are invited to join us for cookie decorating, crafts, dinner, a sing-along and an appearance from Santa Claus.

Braille Challenge – grades 3rd – 12th
Friday, January 17, 2020; 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Vision Forward
Braille users can test their skills in braille speed and accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpreting charts and tactile graphics.

Family Connections – This Is My Child
Thursday, March 12, 2020; 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Vision Forward
Join us for our parent meetings to interact with other parents of visually impaired children of all ages and learn about community resources and ways to support and challenge your child. 

Braille Games – ages 3-21
March 12, 2020; 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Museum
Braille Games strengthens literacy skills through creative and recreational competition by pairing experienced, braille-literate adults with children from the greater Milwaukee area who are learning braille.

Beep Baseball –ages 6-21
Spring 2020
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
Learn the fundamentals of beep baseball and enjoy an opportunity to plan the game and have fun.  A collaboration between Vision Forward and the Milwaukee School of Engineering Baseball Team.

Spring Festival – ages 3-10 and families
Saturday, April 4, 2020; 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Vision Forward
An opportunity to search for beeping eggs and participate in crafts and social engagement opportunities.

Interactive Museum Tour – ages 3-10
Saturday, May 9, 2020; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Milwaukee Public Museum
Join us and explore the Milwaukee Public Museum for an interactive tour and activity.

Family Connections – Transitions
Thursday, June 18, 2020; 4:00-6:00 pm
Vision Forward
Join us for our parent meetings to interact with other parents of visually impaired children of all ages and learn about community resources and ways to support and challenge your child.

EYE Grow Summer Group – ages 3-7
Six-week program; Wednesdays, Summer 2020; 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. 

Ice Cream Social – all ages and families
Tuesday, July 7, 2020; 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Vision Forward 

Play It Forward Sports Camp – ages 8-18
Summer 2020
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.

Goalball League – 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, youth can participate in the team sport of goalball league.  Contact Sam Gracz, , for more information.

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