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School-Age Program

Photo of young girl and volunteer at camp.

Preparing youth who are blind and visually-impaired 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

Braille Challenge: Grades 1st – 12th
Friday, February 18, 2022
Vision Forward Association
This event is a national academic competition developed by the Braille Institute for students who are blind or visually impaired who can read and write braille. The goal of Braille Challenge is to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.  

Braille Games: Ages 3 – 21
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Milwaukee Public Museum
Vision Forward collaborates with ABLE, the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, and the Milwaukee Public Museum to offer this intergenerational event. Braille Games strengthens literacy skills by pairing experienced, braille-literate adults with children and youth who are learning braille for a day of creative and fun recreational activities. 

Beep Baseball: Ages 5 – 18 
April 21, 2022
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) – Kern Center
Vision Forward collaborates with the Milwaukee School of Engineering to give children and youth who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of beep baseball and enjoy an opportunity to play the game and have fun with the MSOE Men’s Baseball Team.   No charge to attend.  Lunch will be provided.

Spring Festival: Ages 3 – 10 and families
Spring 2022 (Date TBA)
Vision Forward Association
This is a fun, social event with the opportunity to search for beeping eggs, make crafts, and meet and take pictures with a real bunny! 

Rainbow Day Camp: Ages 5 – 18
July 18-21, 2022
Daily, approximately 8:30 am-4:30 pm
The Albert and Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp (W3985 Trails End Road, Fredonia, WI 53021)
Vision Forward in collaboration with the JCC present Rainbow Day Camp 2022! Children and youth with vision loss will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of adaptive sports and activities and make connections with other youth with vision loss at the beautiful 110-acre campsite Fredonia.  Transportation and lunch provided

Goalball League: Ages 7 – 21
(Time and Location TBD)
Wisconsin Adapted Sports Association offers a goalball league for youth with vision loss. Contact Sam Gracz, at sam@wasa.org, for more information. 

Parent Matches
Vision Forward can help match parents up with others who have had similar situations and can lend their support. For more information, contact Erica Weise, 414-615-0163 or eweise@vision-forward.org.

Vision Forward Scholarship
Vision Forward has scholarship opportunities to benefit blind and visually impaired students in Wisconsin. Scholarship money must be used for tuition. All tuition payments will be sent directly to the selected educational institution.  Details and application can be found here https://vision-forward.org/information/scholarship-opportunities/.

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 Eli Smith to schedule your session at 414-615-0127 or esmith@vision-forward.org.

Learn more about our School-Age Youth Program

Contact Emily Zajork, MT-BC, Music Therapist & Enrichment Coordinator,
414-615-0179 or ezajork@vision-forward.org