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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

Y.E.S. Youth Group
First Sunday of each month
Monthly group for youth ages 13-18 who are visually impaired to make connections, learn new skills and give back to our community!

There will be no group meeting in January 2018, but will resume, Sunday, February 5, 2018.

Braille Challenge
Friday, January 19, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
An event where youth are tested on their skills in braille speed and accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpreting charts and tactile graphics.

Enlighten Parents Workshop
Friday, January 19, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about braille and have a conversation with other school age parents on how to successfully help navigate your child’s school and social life.

Beep Baseball
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
A collaboration between Vision Forward Association & the Milwaukee School of Engineering Baseball Team

Spring Egg Hunt
2018 date to come

Braille Games
Milwaukee Public Museum; Thursday, March 15, 2018
An opportunity for blind children to use braille in a fun and interactive way while being mentored by blind adults who are self-sufficient and independent.

Play It Forward Sports Camp
July 23 – 25, 2018
Sports are adapted specifically for youth with vision loss so they can have opportunities participate in physical activity and learn about the importance of health and wellness.

EYE Grow
Monday afternoon’s during summer months 2018
Children, ages 3-7, will enjoy connecting with others and learning how to better use all of their senses through multi-sensory activities.

Cane Quest
November, 2018
Students, grades 3rd through 6th, will complete various routes while successfully demonstrating their navigation skills throughout the event.

Learn more about our School-Age Youth Program

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